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.


 
Jackson Heights & Elmhurst »

March 5, 2015

Audio: Air Traffic Controller Tries to Contact Pilots After LaGuardia Crash

The control tower couldn't get in touch with the pilots after their plane slid off a LaGuardia runway. 

Jackson Heights & Elmhurst »

March 5, 2015

PHOTOS: Plane Slides Off LaGuardia Runway, Hits Fence, 2 Serious Injuries

Fire officials said there were 28 injuries, two of them serious, in the Thursday morning accident.

Howard Beach & Richmond Hill »

March 4, 2015

Man Runs Into Queens Deli After Being Shot in Back, Worker Says

The man told workers he was shot by someone he knows. 

Midtown & Theater District »

March 4, 2015

Knicks Fans Chant 'Tom Hanks' During Blowout Loss at MSG

Fans started to cheer the Oscar winner, who was sitting courtside during the game.

Harlem »

March 3, 2015

Brooklyn Man Arrested for 2013 Death of Transgender Woman Islan Nettles

James Dixon was indicted for killing Nettles in Harlem nearly two years ago.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

March 2, 2015

Puppies Rescued From Same SoHo Building Twice in 5 Years

Puppies were saved in 2010 after a fire and then last week from owners charged with animal cruelty. 

East New York & Brownsville »

February 27, 2015

Aunt Beat 3-Year-Old to Death Over Spelling Lessons, Prosectors Charge

Christen Dale was charged with beating her nephew, Ethan Ali, to death in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Sunset Park & Greenwood Heights »

February 27, 2015

Chinese Immigrants Face Tuberculosis Outbreak in Sunset Park, Officials Say

At least 15 people have gotten the illness since 2013, according to the Department of Health.