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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

Meet Ouya, the new $100 video game console

The console, which features indie video games, is already making waves online. Its Kickstarter campaign attracted over 60,000 backers and $8.5 million.
Posted In: video games, kickstarter, xbox

Intel's anthropologist on uncovering our hidden tech habits

One of the people responsible for big ideas at the chip-maker Intel isn’t a software engineer or a developer. She's an anthropologist.
Posted In: Intel

Climate change policy: Tech winners and losers

President Obama will announce a plan on Tuesday designed to push forward his administration's goals on confronting climate change. Which technologies will get the go-ahead?
Posted In: climate change, Obama, greenhouse gases, carbon emissions

Is your dress looking at me?

Designer Ying Gao has created dresses that are embedded with eye-tracking technology.
Posted In: fashion, clothing, Tech

Talk to the hand, now you can

A new wearable bluetooth phone lets you make a call from a glove.
Posted In: cell phone

FTC to investigate Google's Waze acquistion

If Google's acquisition of Waze is seen as purely anti-competitive, the Federal Trade Commission could break up the deal.
Posted In: Google, FTC, mobile apps

Civil disobedience comes online

Is there such a thing as a digital sit-in or an Internet traffic picket line?

Microsoft returns to San Francisco for developers conference

What to expect from Microsoft's developers conference, Microsoft Build.
Posted In: Microsoft, windows 8, windows

Train safety, data, and measuring the value of a life

Which is more important: updating train safety mechanisms or improving rail infrastructure?
Posted In: train, infrastructure, Transportation

MakerBot and Stratasys: 3D plus 3D equals what?

Industrial 3D printer maker Stratasys just bought a hot name in the 3D printing consumer market: MakerBot.
Posted In: 3D printing, Makerbot, mergers

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