Ben Fractenberg

Reporter/Producer @fractenberg bfractenberg@dnainfo.com

Ben Fractenberg is a general assignment reporter for DNAinfo.

Ben left a career in the nonprofit world in 2008 to join the lucrative field of news reporting. After attending the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Ben joined the ranks of DNAinfo, quickly establishing himself as a crime and breaking news reporter.

Ben’s nonprofit work included working for Public Allies, where he helped develop young leaders for a career in public service, and at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, where he ensured fair representations of the LGBT community in the media.

When not immersed in the media world, Ben loves to spend his time exploring New York City. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with his girlfriend, who mostly puts up with his addictions to the news and to arcane music trivia.

Fun Fact: Ben’s first car was a bright orange 1978 Dodge Omni. Needless to say, this did not improve his situation with the ladies in high school.


 
Downtown »

December 22, 2014

Chirlane McCray Appoints New Chief of Staff, Deputy to Replace Noerdlinger

Roxanne John and Jackie Bray will join Chirlane McCray's staff after Rachel Noerdlinger stepped down.

Midtown & Theater District »

December 19, 2014

What Happened in New York This Week: 10 Stories You Need to Read

From another tale of Bill de Blasio lateness to Brooklyn hip-hop star Bobby Shmurda's arrest. 

Borough Park & Midwood »

December 18, 2014

Subway Passenger Injured on Midwood Tracks

The trains were rerouted and service was delayed after reports of a person injured at Avenue M. 

Downtown »

December 18, 2014

Bobby Shmurda's GS9 Crew Charged in 24 Shootings, 1 Murder: Investigators

Shmurda shot near a crowd outside an East Flatbush barbershop over the summer, prosecutors said. 

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

December 18, 2014

Man Hit by 3 Train on Upper West Side

A man was hit by a northbound 3 train at the West 72nd Street and Broadway subway station.

Midtown & Theater District »

December 17, 2014

Rapper Bobby Shmurda Arrested in Drug and Guns Probe, Officials Say

Shmurda was arrested along with about a dozen others including rapper Rowdy Rebel, sources said.

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

December 17, 2014

New Yorkers Light Up to Celebrate Eased Relations With Cuba

The United States will have full diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease travel restrictions. 

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

December 16, 2014

FDNY to Respond to Record Number of Emergency Calls in 2014: Officials

Firefighters and EMS workers are projected to respond to more than 1.6 million calls this year.