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

A new plan to fight piracy online: Take away those ad dollars

Content providers -- like Disney or Fox -- are now asking companies delivering online ads -- the Googles of the world -- to stop working with websites that allow illegal file sharing.
Posted In: Google, piracy, copyright, online advertising

Sizing up Batman's 2013 expenses

Mashable has an infographic tallying up the likely costs of utility belts, Batmobiles and tasteful cave furniture for Batman through the years -- adjusted for inflation of course.
Posted In: Batman, New York City, real estate

When it comes to online tracking, what's standard?

Should advertisers and other companies be able to collect and hold onto users' browsing data? And should users be able to tell web site operators to stop tracking them?
Posted In: privacy, advertising, big data

Professional video gamers eligible for athlete visas

Riot Games says it has successfully lobbied immigration services to provide visas for competitive gamers -- the same kind usually reserved for professional athletes.
Posted In: Immigration, video games, immigration reform

IBM and Google earnings: An old bellwether and a new one

The earnings reports will certainly express some things about the state of the tech world, but also perhaps, the condition of the larger economy.
Posted In: Google, IBM, Yahoo, Earnings

Radiohead's Thom Yorke drops Spotify

Add Radiohead's Thom Yorke to the list of high profile musicians protesting the amount of pay artists get from Spotify.
Posted In: Music, spotify, Radiohead

Russia to build first floating nuclear power plant

Putting nuclear reactors on a big boat may sound scary, but it's already pretty common.
Posted In: Russia, nuclear energy

Microsoft reorganization is all about unity

Some say at its heart, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's plan is meant to unify a company that has been more of a group of tech fiefdoms.
Posted In: Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, xbox

Defcon hacking conference disinvites government agencies

Revelations about secret government surveillance may have a chilling effect on the government's ability to recruit talented computer coders and hackers.
Posted In: NSA leaks, nsa, PRISM, Edward Snowden, hacking

Fantasy trading site allows users to 'play' the stock market

Players are signing up for Wall Street Magnate in droves, in part, because the simulated experience reflects the stock market in real time.
Posted In: Wall Street, trading, stock market, games

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