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

Using technology to empower women in Saudi Arabia

Princess Reema talks about her efforts to train women to join the workforce.
Posted In: Saudi Arabia, women in tech, instagram
Facebook is looking to get more involved in suicide prevention.

All the news that's fit to print...on Facebook

A group of news organizations may soon be publishing content directly to Facebook.
Posted In: Facebook, New York Times, New York Times Company

Your yard is getting smarter, too

The internet of things is coming to your front lawn...literally.
Posted In: internet of things, lawns, gardening

Astro Teller talks about making room for failure

...and the moonshot that could unlock other moonshots.
Posted In: astro teller, Google X, Google

Yik Yak, privacy settings and the anonymous economy

Data protection is popular at SXSW, but opting out might be a false promise.
Posted In: anonymous, college, data privacy

John Maeda on why good design takes decades

It's about bridging experience gaps and designing for the "after-wow."
Posted In: design, venture capital, sxsw interactive

Alison Bechdel on storytelling "for the forces of good"

We caught up with the cartoonist and memoirist at SXSW Interactive.
Posted In: diversity, memoirs

Former AOL CEO Steve Case on the web's 'third wave'

The venture capitalist discusses how the web has changed 30 years from AOL's start
Posted In: aol, sxsw interactive, sxsw 2015, Internet

Silicon Tally: SXSW Edition

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?
Posted In: sxsw 2015, sxsw interactive
Drones need to be able to carry more and fly farther before they'll be a viable replacement for ground shipping.

Drones have still got a long way to go

A Swiss company is looking to the air to cut transportation costs in Africa.
Posted In: drones, Africa, infrastructure, bbc world service

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