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

Doctors in Guinea

Tracking Ebola through online data

How an online data collection program has changed the way we track disease.
Posted In: Ebola, public health, big data

On bringing virtual reality to the movies

Exploring the potential--or pitfalls--of "interactive" film and TV storytelling
Posted In: television, virtual reality, film

Silicon Tally: #Scrabble

How well have you kept up on this week's tech news?

A future we haven't imagined, but might forget

Europe's search engine policy repercussions might surprise us in a bad way.
Posted In: right to be forgotten, Google, Europe, European Union, Wikipedia

Hacking away in Las Vegas

A look at this week's Black Hat and Defcon security conferences.
Posted In: hacking, cybersecurity, data security

Silicon Tally: Gameboy becomes a Gameman

How well have you kept up on this week's tech news?

On Twitter, addition by gender subtraction

What one Twitter user gained when she unfollowed men on the social network.
Posted In: gender, Twitter, social media

This headline was plagiarized, please don't Google it

The bright line between stealing ideas, pre-Internet and post-Internet.
Posted In: plagiarism, big data, Benny Johnson, buzzfeed, Internet

The contents of the internet, via satellite

A new project aims to democratize the spread of information.
Posted In: satellite, internet access, online archive
Venmo iOS feed

Mobile payments app offers a window on intimacy

A new payments app allows for a close look at the how and who of spending.
Posted In: mobile payments, social network, online privacy

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