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

Tech IRL: A second life for pay phones

Cities try turning neglected telephones into wi-fi hotspots.
Posted In: pay phones, wifi, New York City, News

Silicon Tally: A hurricane shelter grows in Brooklyn

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

Aereo loses at the Supreme Court: what's next?

Where do things stand in the wake of the court's 6-3 verdict?
Posted In: Aereo, Supreme Court, copyright law

After court verdict, what do I do with Aereo account?

Now that video streaming company Aereo has lost out to major broadcasters, what will its users do?
Posted In: Aereo, ABC vs. Aereo, Supreme Court, scotus, streaming tv

Parking apps under scrutiny from city governments

The city of San Francisco wants to ban a parking space auction app.
Posted In: parking, apps, municipality

Chelsea Clinton wants more girls involved in STEM

A look at ways to close the gender gap in science and medicine.
Posted In: gender inequality, Clinton, healthcare, News

Twitter cash-giver is identified

A look at the past of the man behind the "Hiddencash" Twitter phenomenon

Yo, stop making a big deal out of the Yo hack

Security flaws in the app is a concern, but there are bigger hacks to think about

Silicon Tally: YO YO YO

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

Big tech: becoming what it set out to destroy

News from Apple, Google and Amazon suggest they're betraying their original ideals
Posted In: apple, Google, Amazon, Hachette, YouTube

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