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

Can Myspace come back from the dead?

The brand just relaunched with a fancy party and a promise to return to its roots. And Justin Timberlake, who co-owns the social network with digital ad company Specific Media, wants it to be cool again.
Posted In: MySpace, social media, Justin Timberlake

The iPhone gets an office, a Microsoft Office

Microsoft is finally delivering a mobile version of it's Office software to the iPhone today. So what took them so long?
Posted In: Microsoft, windows, iPhone, software

A real life 'quantum leap'

Chinese scientists say they have bounced single photons of an orbiting satellite and detected them back on on the Earth's surface. Next step, quantum teleportation.
Posted In: physics, Science

Google warns of Iranian government spy campaign

Google says it has found evidence the Iranian government is spying on its citizens. The tech giant suspects the Iranian government is trying to head off any political unrest by looking at citizens' email correspondence.
Posted In: Iran, election, surveillance, Google

Snapchat's latest demographic? Wall Street bankers

Wall Street bankers are catching on to Snapchat, an app which allows user to send photos and other messages that self-destruct in a seconds.
Posted In: apps, Wall Street, social media

License, registration...and cellphone

A state lawmaker in New Jersey has proposed a bill to allow law enforcement to confiscate a phone if they have "reasonable grounds" to believe it contributed to a crash.
Posted In: cell phone, mobile, texting, driving

Hacking storm recovery in the Rockaways

A group called Rockaway Help brings together engineers and residents to hack storm recovery and protection in the New York region.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, New York, natural disasters

ACLU files suit over NSA data collection, and is it possible to keep your personal data personal?

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over its collection of phone data. And what can you do personally to protect your data?
Posted In: nsa, aclu, encryption, surveillance

Google gets its Waze, boosts map data

Google has confirmed it will acquire the social mapping startup Waze. The news comes after intense reported interest from Apple and Facebook.
Posted In: Google, app, maps, social media

The 'What if' problem of government surveillance

Count me in the camp of people who aren't worried about the NSA dragging me away because of communications I've had on the phone or online. But there's one big problem with secret government surveillance of data on U.S. citizens: the "what if" problem. While our current political system doesn't seem to punish people recklessly for speaking up and excercising free speech, that could always change. And that's the heart of the issue, to me. We can't know what the future holds for our political system, and because of that, we need to be vigilant in protecting our First Ammendment rights.

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