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.


 
Norwood & Bedford Park »

October 24, 2014

8-Year-Old Girl Struck, Killed by Car Outside Bronx School, Police Say

Two 8-year-old girls and four adults were struck when a car jumped the curb outside P.S. 307 Friday. 

Forest Hills, Rego Park & Jamaica »

October 24, 2014

Man Killed By NYPD After Hatchet Attack Was Homegrown Terrorist, Police Say

Zale H. Thompson, 32, took inspiration from terrorist websites for his attack on police, the NYPD said

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

October 23, 2014

Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola as Deadly Virus Arrives in New York City

Dr. Craig Spencer, a Harlem resident, recently returned from working with Ebola patients in Guinea.

Borough Park & Midwood »

October 22, 2014

Man Burned in Brooklyn Storefront Explosion Dies, Police Say

The man was drying tobacco when he accidentally set himself on fire, an NYPD spokeswoman said. 

Borough Park & Midwood »

October 21, 2014

Man Severely Burned in Brooklyn Storefront Explosion, FDNY Says

The man was taken to Maimonides Hospital in critical condition, the FDNY said.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

October 20, 2014

Elderly Woman Struck and Killed by Dump Truck Near Barclays Center

The 77-year-old woman was hit crossing Flatbush Avenue Monday afternoon. 

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

October 20, 2014

Striking Photos of Ukrainian Protests on View at Upper East Side Exhibit

A show at the Ukrainian Institute features photos of the recent protests as well as archival images.

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

October 20, 2014

Man Tries to Rape Woman in Stuy-Town Elevator, Then Hides in Tree: Police

The suspect followed the 20-year-old victim into the building early Friday morning, police said.