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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

Using tablets to teach reading

We're kicking off a week-long series on how technology is changing reading.
Posted In: tablets, education technology

Silicon Tally: Charlotte's Web...in your Suzuki

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

Matching roommates before sparks fly

How one university is using software to ensure roommate compatibility.
Posted In: college, dorms, matching game

The dangerous trio of twitch, streaming, and swatting

The same week Amazon buys Twitch, one of its users films a dangerous prank.
Posted In: swatting, twitch.tv, Twitch, gaming, video games

To prevent crime, predict it

How looking at data to predict crime trends can help -- or harm -- citizens.
Posted In: big data, police, data
Police and citizen

Bringing accountability to police through data

How the use of data collection and analysis tools could improve policing.
Posted In: police, big data, government data

Silicon Tally: Pizza pushers

How well have you kept up on this week's tech news?
Posted In: pizza, app

Building a better news feed

When social media algorithms confuse engagement with approval.
Posted In: Twitter, social media, algorithm

The web has a violent news problem

Social media algorithms can push violent content, whether you 'like' it or not.
Posted In: James Foley, algorithms, Twitter policy, takedown notice, YouTube, violence, Internet

Can Barnes & Noble find success with Samsung?

What another alliance against Amazon means for consumers.
Posted In: samsung, tablet, nook tablet, Amazon

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