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.


 
Harlem »

July 23, 2014

VIDEO: Police Investigate Chokehold Arrest in Harlem Subway Station

Video shows police putting Ronald Johns in a chokehold and punching him while he resists arrest.

Midtown & Theater District »

July 23, 2014

Deli Mulls New Sandwich to Welcome New 'Late Show' Host Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert will broadcast out of the Ed Sullivan Theatre when he takes over next year.

Bedford-Stuyvesant »

July 18, 2014

Man Shoots Door Inside Bed-Stuy Apartment Building, Police Say

The man fired inside a Quincy Street building earlier this month, police said.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

July 17, 2014

Family Demands Safer Streets at Vigil for Woman Killed at UWS Intersection

Jean Chambers was hit by an SUV while crossing West 95th Street at West End Avenue.

Downtown »

July 17, 2014

NYPD Detective Tried to Scam $1,000 From Gun Buyback Program, DA Says

John Malloy allegedly forged paperwork in 2012 to try and collect $1,000 for a recovered gun. 

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

July 16, 2014

Drink Outdoors as Shakespeare Performances Take Over Park Slope Streets

Park Slope bars will serve drinks to take outside as part of South Brooklyn's Summer Strolls.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

July 15, 2014

Intruders Beat UWS Couple, Try to Steal Their Dog, Police Say

Two men pushed their way into an apartment and attacked a couple, police said.

Forest Hills, Rego Park & Jamaica »

July 15, 2014

Queens Woman Who Gave Illegal Butt Injections Sentenced to Jail Tuesday

Liliana Coello pleaded guilty in May to injecting two women. She will serve up to three years in prison.