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

New technology lets deaf, hard of hearing make calls in HD

A company called Purple Communications has new technology to help people who are deaf or hearing impaired communicate digitally through an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.
Posted In: mobile, Tech

NASA trailer to be shown before 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'

The only thing better than a captive audience is a friendly one. So it makes sense that ahead of the new Star Trek movie, there will be a message from America's real life space explorers.
Posted In: NASA, advertising

CEO of Electronic Arts steps down over Sim City debacle

There was a big shakeup this week in the gaming industry when the head of Electronic Arts resigned on Monday after a high-profile debacle involving the new Sim City game.
Posted In: video games, electronic arts

Not your high school science fair: A radio postcard from the Intel Science Talent Search

A radio postcard from the annual Intel Science Talent Search, which gathers together high school students from around the country to show off their innovations.
Posted In: Science, high school, Intel

Lockheed Martin moves beyond weapons to clean water with graphene

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has discovered a way to make desalination 100 times more efficient. And that could have a big impact on bringing clean drinking water to the developing world and war zones.
Posted In: lockheed martin, developing countries, defense contractors

Connecticut elected officials vs. Facebook on protecting Newton families

Elected officials in Connecticut want Facebook to take Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist pages down; Facebook says no -- but points out that it has been dealing with the issue and is in constant contact with families affected by the tragedy.
Posted In: Facebook, Newtown, gun control, Obama

What's the big deal? Working from home stinks

What do you think? Is working from home a dream, or a daymare?
Posted In: Yahoo, Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer

Halo makers see 'Destiny' as gaming's future

A new project called 'Destiny',' made by some of Halo’s original creators, aims to revive fallen-off gamers.
Posted In: Microsoft, video games, halo

Using Startup Ethic to Fight Pirates, and Assessing Apple's Struggles

Can a tech entrepreneur create a 21st century privateer navy to thwart pirates in East Africa? And, do Apple's flat earnings mean its era of market dominance is over?
Posted In: apple, China, piracy

Tweeting videos through the Vine; Should Skype be more like Google?

Twitter new acquisition, Vine, allows users to share short videos. And, privacy advocates are demanding Skype be more transparent about what data it shares with the government.
Posted In: skype, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, social media, online privacy, China

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