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.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

May 27, 2015

NYPD Cuts Down Tree After Truck Gets Trapped in Branches

Officials took down the tree after a delivery truck got stuck in its branches on Wednesday.

Borough Park & Midwood »

May 27, 2015

Child Rushed to Hospital After Falling out of Window in Brooklyn

The child fell from a third-story window in Borough Park Wednesday evening. 

Bedford-Stuyvesant »

May 26, 2015

Man Grabbed Women by the Throat After Breaking into Bed-Stuy Homes: Police

Jeffery Robinson may be linked to burglaries in which victims were grabbed by the throat, officials said

Woodlawn & Wakefield »

May 26, 2015

Homeless Man Indicted in Murder of Bronx Shelter Director, DA Says

West Spruill allegedly stalked and then killed Ana Charle after she left the Wakefield shelter. 

Howard Beach & Richmond Hill »

May 26, 2015

Woman Killed, 7 Children Injured in Car Crash Near JFK Airport

The children were riding in an SUV that hit a car and sent it careening into a box truck, police said.

South Bronx »

May 22, 2015

14-Year-Old Shot to Death on Way to School, Police and Witnesses Say

Christopher Duran, 14, was shot in the head and torso in the Bronx on Friday, police said.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

May 21, 2015

Family of Akai Gurley Files Lawsuit Against City, Rookie Officers

Officer Peter Liang shot Gurley when his gun accidentally went off in a dark stairwell, officials said. 

Harlem »

May 21, 2015

Person Shot in East Harlem, FDNY Says

The victim was awake and breathing after getting shot on 121st Street, the FDNY said.