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. 


Features by Ben Johnson

Silent Circle's Phil Zimmermann on why it's shuttering its encrypted email service

Following Lavabit's lead, Silent Circle ends its encrypted email service so clients can avoid government scrutiny.
Posted In: online privacy, encryption, Edward Snowden

How close are we to a real-life 'Elysium'?

In anticipation of this weekend's big sci-fi epic, a look at how close we are to building a real-life space colony.
Posted In: space, movies

The spread of 'Gamification'

Major corporations and the government are creating apps and games to make non-game activities more game-like -- and they're collecting a lot of data.
Posted In: Volkswagen, Google, apps, gamification

Jeff Price's Audiam helps musicians make money from YouTube

The SpinArt Records and TuneCore co-founder's has a new company that's generating a lot of buzz.
Posted In: Music, YouTube

LG unveils the G2 smartphone

LG's flagship smartphone has features that could make it stand out in a crowded market.
Posted In: lg, smartphones

One year after Curiosity, Adam Steltzner on NASA's next step

NASA's Adam Steltzner on the future of space exploration.
Posted In: NASA, mars, Curiosity rover

Tweets drive TV viewership

Nielsen says Twitter is inspiring people to tune in and participate.
Posted In: Twitter, television, nielsen

Internet freedom depends on where you live

A vague new law in Vietnam aims to censor what people post online.
Posted In: internet censorship, Vietnam

Apple's White House pals

What's behind the Obama administration's decision to overturn an International Trade Commission ban in favor of Apple?
Posted In: apple, samsung, Barack Obama

What is Jeff Bezos thinking buying WaPo?

The CEO of Amazon just bought The Washington Post for $250 million -- chump change to a guy worth $25 billion.
Posted In: jeff bezos, Amazon, washington post


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