Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson joined Marketplace in the summer of 2012 to re-launch and produce the then-named Tech Report, now called Marketplace Tech. He was officially hired as host in early 2014.

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, Johnson 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. Johnson 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.

He doesn't like to brag about it but over the years, Johnson 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. He 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

How online advertisers could use your data against you

Ethical and moral questions arise when personal data is mined for advertisers
Posted In: online ads, advertising, personal data, ethics

Two new applications for big data

Leveraging massive amounts of computing power to predict weather and explore the galaxy.
Posted In: big data, supercomputer, weather, space

It takes two to text while driving, according to court

A surprising ruling on texting while driving.
Posted In: texting, distracted driving

How well do you know the internet? This week's Silicon Tally

306,000 tweets per minute, 2 (think gaming), 11,000 requests, and 74 percent: Can you guess what these numbers mean?
Posted In: Internet, Tech, farmville

Shutting down the internet as a weapon?

Should shutting off the internet be used as a weapon against Syria?
Posted In: Syria Internet, syria, cyberwar

Get out of my head, man!: Scientist controls colleague's finger with mind

A researcher at the University of Washington sent a brain signal through the internet to move another man's finger.
Posted In: neuroscience, mind control

Twitterventions: Using social media to reach out to those in need

A Canadian nurse uses Twitter to find people who may be suicidal and help them.
Posted In: Twitter, suicide, social media

Burning Man isn't just for music, drugs, and dancing anymore

The alternative culture festival is big among the tech scene.

The Syrian Electronic Army strikes again

The New York Times and Twitter are its latest targets.
Posted In: syria, hacking

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