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

A sign outside of Sony's New York headquarters in New York City. In light of the Sony hacks, is it time to invest in some preventative measures?

Who is Goliath?

In the battle against illegal downloads, defining the enemy is the first step.
Posted In: From the Hills to the Valley, Silicon Valley, hollywood

To get to Hollywood, make a left at YouTube

Issa Rae talks about how her online success got her to HBO.
Posted In: From the Hills to the Valley, Silicon Valley, hollywood

Will there be a U.S. version of Black Mirror?

Why Hollywood has a hard time making technology sexy.
Posted In: black mirror, bbc, the social network
Southwest planes navigate the runway in 2012 at Chicago's Midway Airport. The once-regional airline is looking to expand to overseas travel, but is considering charging for baggage for the first time ever.

Silicon Tally: Fly the friendly (and cheap) skies

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

'Back to the Future's' self-drying coat? Not yet.

We don't have Marty Mcfly's fly jacket, but we do have some incredible fabrics.
Posted In: back to the future, fabric, wearable tech, back to the future 2

Two cybersecurity agencies diverged in a wood...

The Obama administration's new cybersecurity agency versus the pre-existing one.
Posted In: cybersecurity, Barack Obama, cyberattacks

If you're happy and you know it, write a tweet

The "hedonometer" is a data-based meter that measures happiness in real time.
Posted In: happiness, Vermont, Twitter

Lending ones' eyes via smartphone

A new app helps the blind by connecting them to sighted volunteers.
Posted In: blind, app review, app
Recording artist Sia performs at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Silicon Tally: Sia later

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

In prison, a cellphone is a dangerous weapon

For prison officials, blocking inmates' cellphone use is a top priority.
Posted In: cell phones, prisons, jail

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