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.


 
Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

April 18, 2014

Owner Fatally Shot in His Bushwick Bodega, NYPD Says

Swadh Maged, who had 13 children in Yemen, was killed inside a bodega he co-owned, friends said.

Ditmas Park & Flatbush »

April 17, 2014

Police Identify Person of Interest in Shooting of 13-Year-Old

Police want to question Kareem Potomont, 21, about the shooting of an innocent teen in Flatbush.

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

April 17, 2014

This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands

The Black Lips, Boy George and B.B. King are all playing New York City this week. 

Howard Beach & Richmond Hill »

April 16, 2014

NYPD Commanding Officer Who Tweeted ‘Release Alerts’ Is Back on Twitter

Commander Jeffrey Schiff is now tweeting from the 106th Precinct in Queens. 

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

April 16, 2014

MTA Awards More Than $625M in East Side Access Project Contracts

Part of the money will be used to install communications systems in the new Grand Central LIRR terminal.

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

April 15, 2014

TLC Explains E-Hail Rules After Rider Says Cabbie Booted Her for Uber Fare

An editor at the Guardian got into a Twitter back-and-forth with an Uber manager after the incident. 

Ditmas Park & Flatbush »

April 15, 2014

Teen Shot Near Pizza Store Waiting to Learn if Vision Will Return, Dad Says

Gama Droiville, 13, might have lost his vision following the Monday shooting, his dad said.

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

April 14, 2014

Worker Dies in Plunge from Chelsea Office Building

Police were investigating a fatal construction accident at 434 West 33rd Street Monday afternoon.