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

Why Nielsen isn't watching the cord-cutters

How cord-cutters are impacting TV ad revenue.
Posted In: television, advertising

What surprises will Google unveil at this year's I/O?

Last year, Google introduced Project Glass. What will be next?
Posted In: Google, Google Glass

Marketplace Tech's Drone Roundup

Let's check in on all things unmanned drone.
Posted In: drones, China

Retired cop makes awesome robot from appliances

Mark Haygood's humanoid robot HEX was pointed out by Damn Geeky. But Gizmodo gets points for noticing the resemblance to Johnny Five. The robot's hands at least are a dead ringer for those on the best robot from the 1980s. But even if you don't see the similiarities, you have to be impressed by a guy who spent that much time putting together a robot from basic home electronics. It's been a long time since I've seen the film, but this clip holds up pretty well. No dissassemble! No dissassemble!

Samsung says it's made a 5G breakthrough

The mobile giant says a 5G network could be available by the end of the decade.
Posted In: mobile, samsung

Dr. Eric Topol on the digital revolution in health care

Dr. Eric Topol on the digital revolution in health care
Posted In: health care, medical care, technology

Extended interview with NASA engineer Adam Steltzner

NASA engineer Adam Steltzner, who navigated the landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover, talks the future of human space exploration.
Posted In: NASA, space exploration

Intel CTO Justin Rattner on the future of tech

Consumers should expect wearable computers among other new products from the world's largest chip maker.
Posted In: Intel, mobile

FBI to announce new wiretap proposal

The government wants to wiretap services like Facetime and Skype.
Posted In: skype, surveillance, FBI

Media's mobile future makes room for long-form journalism

The media landscape is rapidly changing. Kara Swisher, co-exectuive editor AllThingsD, says any news outlet that wants a future must go mobile in every way.
Posted In: media, news media, mobile

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