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. 


Features by Ben Johnson

Federal Communications Commission Proposes New Open Internet Rules

A big win for net neutrality

Tim Wu, who coined the term "net neutrality," speaks about today's vote.
Posted In: net neutrality, fcc, title II

Crowd-sourcing hits the bookshelf

Kindle Scout, Amazon’s new online publishing platform, to release books.
Posted In: Kindle, e-books, e-book

Who should have the key to your messages?

When it comes to accessing encrypted apps, some say it's double or nothing.
Latest investors value the teen-fad social media company Snapchat at $19 billion.

Snapchat's secret to success

What makes Snapchat popular could be the hard-to-use user interface.
Posted In: Snapchat, Facebook, social media
Mars One publicity shot

Silicon Tally: Let's go to space!

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

Can YouTube replace the movie theater?

In the future of cinema, the box office may no longer be king.
Posted In: From the Hills to the Valley, Silicon Valley, hollywood
A sign outside of Sony's New York headquarters in New York City. In light of the Sony hacks, is it time to invest in some preventative measures?

Who is Goliath?

In the battle against illegal downloads, defining the enemy is the first step.
Posted In: From the Hills to the Valley, Silicon Valley, hollywood

To get to Hollywood, make a left at YouTube

Issa Rae talks about how her online success got her to HBO.
Posted In: From the Hills to the Valley, Silicon Valley, hollywood

Will there be a U.S. version of Black Mirror?

Why Hollywood has a hard time making technology sexy.
Posted In: black mirror, bbc, the social network
Southwest planes navigate the runway in 2012 at Chicago's Midway Airport. The once-regional airline is looking to expand to overseas travel, but is considering charging for baggage for the first time ever.

Silicon Tally: Fly the friendly (and cheap) skies

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


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