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

The underground child exchange

A new investigation reveals a network of parents who are offering unwanted children to others via online message boards.
Posted In: children, adoptive parents, re-homing

A Lego smartphone?

A customizable smartphone made of Legos
Posted In: smartphone, Tech, lego

Reinventing the image of women in tech

A conversation with the founders of She++, an organization built to encourage more women to enter the tech field.
Posted In: women in tech, She++, Tech, college, computer science

Glitches that abruptly bring markets to a halt are on the rise

Competing algorithms could be the culprit. And a new study says they're on the rise.
Posted In: high speed trading, glitches, flash crash

Apple announces new hardware at Tuesday's live event

Reports say the company could unveil fingerprint technology.
Posted In: apple, live event, electronics, iPhone

New mockumentary addresses net neutrality

The video produced by net neutrality proponents comes while the FCC and Verizon duke it out in court over the same issue this week.
Posted In: net neutrality, Susan Crawford

The origins of Apple's design philosophy

A generation of designers were lured to Apple because of the way the company approached design. The company will hold a live product event Tuesday.
Posted In: apple, design, product annoucement

He's just your normal teenager. Except he's also a cancer researcher.

Jack Andraka is just a teenager. But he's already made revolutionary innovations in cancer detection.
Posted In: cancer research, Science, Health, diagnostics, youth

PayPal's updated mobile app changes purchasing experience

PayPal hopes their new app change will help bolster the company's mobile e-commerce.
Posted In: paypal, e-commerce, mobile apps, cell phones

What would cyber warfare with Syria look like?

No 'boots on the ground' for now, but what about cyber warfare with Syria?
Posted In: syria, G20, cyber warfare

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