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Ben Johnson

Former Host, Marketplace Tech and Codebreaker

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Ben Johnson is the former host of Marketplace Tech and the podcast Codebreaker. He joined Marketplace in 2012 and became the host of Marketplace Tech in early 2014.

Ben 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. 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.

Ben doesn't like to brag about it, but over the years, he has interviewed Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Luciano Pavarotti, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Josh Homme, Biz Stone, Guy Kawasaki, Col. Chris Hadfield, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Neil Young and more. He enjoys and engages in ’80s movie references, plus 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.

 

Latest Stories from Ben (245)

CEO of Electronic Arts steps down over Sim City debacle

by Ben Johnson Mar 21, 2013
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.
Guns and dollars

Connecticut elected officials vs. Facebook on protecting Newton families

by Ben Johnson and David Brancaccio Feb 27, 2013
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.…

Merry Christmas! Now how do you work your new TV?

by David Brancaccio and Ben Johnson Dec 25, 2012
Many people on Christmas day are turning on their new gadgets, but what if once you power up your new 'smart' television, it looks all...weird?

Brian Eno on his new app, Scape, and new album, Lux

by David Brancaccio and Ben Johnson Nov 5, 2012
The celebrated musician and composer speaks about his new album and his new app.
Codebreaker

Star Trek: The Next Generation Turns 25

by David Brancaccio and Ben Johnson Sep 27, 2012
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