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

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The activists who changed American surveillance

A conversation with two activists who sparked a congressional investigation
YouTube logo on tablet

YouTube changes terms and conditions for labels

YouTube picks fight with record labels in attempt to create streaming service
Posted In: YouTube, record label, music streaming

Live from under the sea, it's Fabien Cousteau

Fabien Cousteau will spend 31 days living in an underwater laboratory
Posted In: underwater, deep sea exploration, pollution

Data on our data: 100,000 malware implants

Another number to remind us how much we've learned a year after the Snowden leaks.
Posted In: NSA leaks, Edward Snowden, surveillance

Silicon Tally: NSA my name

How well have you kept up on this week's tech news?
Posted In: silicon tally, NSA leaks, Edward Snowden

Data on our data: The cost of surveillance

Another number to remind us how much we've learned a year after the Snowden leaks.

How a librarian made me a surveillance skeptic

A year after Snowden, our views on surveillance have yet to change for the better.
Posted In: surveillance, Edward Snowden, Snowden, Patriot Act, data, online surveillance

Data on our data: 30 days to review taped phone calls

Another number to remind us how much we've learned a year after the Snowden leaks.
Posted In: Edward Snowden, NSA leaks, privacy, surveillance

Data on our data: 250,000,000 email address books

Another number to remind us how much we've learned a year after the Snowden leaks.
Posted In: Edward Snowden, NSA leaks, privacy, surveillance

Data on our data: 5 billion location records every day

Another number to remind us how much we've learned a year after the Snowden leaks.
Posted In: Edward Snowden, NSA leaks, privacy, surveillance

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