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

An attendee wears Google Glass while watching the opening keynote at a Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco.

Google stops Glass production, at least for now

"Everybody who touched the Glass did not become an evangelist." That was a problem.
Posted In: Google, Google Glass, Google X, Nest, technology

Silicon Tally: Et tu, glitter?

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?
Posted In: silicon tally

Barcode license plates? Try mass traffic surveillance

Our roads feature scarier technology than the streets of "Back to the Future II."
Posted In: back to the future, tracking

Tech's favorite metric may be broken

Measuring monthly active users online may no longer be the end-all, be-all.
Posted In: Twitter, instagram

Does a big user base mean big success?

A conversation on measuring the merits of metrics.
Posted In: buzzfeed, engagement, instagram, Twitter

Silicon Tally: Hello, 911? My PlayStation doesn't work

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

Tech in 2015: We'll be connected 24/7

Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson tells us what to expect in the year ahead.
Posted In: wifi, smart phones, China

Silicon Tally: Our romance is off the Hinges

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?
A selection of 1950s toy robots for an auction of TV and movie toy memorabilia.

Silicon Tally: Robots ate my adspace

How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

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