Ben Johnson started his career in journalism in 2003, working as a features and general assignment reporter for The Day newspaper in New London, Connecticut. While there he won a regional award for feature writing, and was recruited to write a weekly entertainment column for the Tribune Media Service wire service.

In 2006, Ben relocated to New York City to be an entertainment and music reporter at the Staten Island Advance newspaper, where he soon moved into hard news, working the cops beat and as a weekend city desk editor. In 2010, he began to work as a freelance web producer at The Takeaway, a national radio show produced out of New York's WNYC Radio in partnership with WGBH, the New York Times and the BBC.

Ben went on to be a freelance radio producer at WNYC, serving as the digital editor for The Takeaway while also doing live and features reporting for the station on everything from Occupy Wall Street to New York's last functioning ship graveyard. While working at WNYC, Ben started blogging for Slate Magazine's breaking news blog, The Slatest.

In 2012, Ben left WNYC to manage a partnership between Slate and YouTube, producing daily breaking news videos and other content for SlateV, the magazine's video department. He also wrote regularly for Slate's Future Tense blog and drew the extreme ire of his fellow Radiohead fans by asking the band to stop touring

In summer 2012 Ben joined Marketplace to relaunch and produce the Tech Report, now called Marketplace Tech. When David Brancaccio became the host of Marketplace Morning Report in 2013, Ben started hosting Marketplace Tech and was hired officially as host in early 2014.

He doesn't like to brag about it but over the years, Ben has interviewed Jay-Z, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Luciano Pavarotti, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Josh Homme, Biz Stone, Guy Kawasaki, Col. Chris Hadfield, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Neil Young. Ben enjoys and engages in 80s movie references, pie baking, and high-fives. His Twitter feed has never been polluted by a subtweet. His interest in swimming knows no bounds, especially if there is a high-dive and a high-five involved. 

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Features by Ben Johnson

Twitter's good earnings report just doesn't cut it for investors

Despite a favorable report, investors are unhappy about Twitter's number of users.
Posted In: Twitter, earnings report

Avoiding government surveillance at the Olympic games

Olympic visitors will have to deal with protecting their data in a country with a less-than-ideal reputation for cyber security.
Posted In: Olympics, Sochi, 2014 Winter Olympics, data security

It's not that easy to be a YouTube superstar

Even for popular YouTubers, making money off their videos can be hard.
Posted In: YouTube

Congress holds hearing data breaches at Target, retailers

Executives are answering questions about data security.
Posted In: Target, data breach, Congress

India's reaction to Satya Nadella becoming Microsoft CEO

The BBC's Yogita Lamaye to see how Nadella's home country is reacting to the announcement.
Posted In: India, Microsoft, Satya Nadella

Using apps to track cattle in Scotland

A look at the app designed by Scottish teenagers to help track cattle.
Posted In: app, cattle, Scotland

Designing battlefield technology to save lives

Usually the technology of war is focused on destroying life, but one start up is working on inventions to save it.
Posted In: war, military technology, medical technology, MedRevx

Satya Nadella and Bill Gates: Microsoft's Batman and Robin?

Marketplace Tech Report Host Ben Johnson talks about what's next for the tech giant
Posted In: Microsoft, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, bill gates

New tech calls for better batteries

One challenge facing consumer electronics makers is the need for batteries that hold a longer charge.
Posted In: batteries

When you lose $300,000 on a video game

A battle for virtual territory in the massively online game EVE Online was its most costly, ever.
Posted In: gaming, video games, EVE Online

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