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.


 
Astoria & Long Island City »

September 30, 2014

4 Students Treated After Taking Xanax at Astoria Arts School, Officials Say

One of the Queens students was arrested for distributing the prescription drug, police said. 

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

September 30, 2014

Brooklyn Man Arrested in Union Square Hit-and-Run, Police Say

Financier Doohee Cho was killed after struck on Fifth Avenue early Sunday morning.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

September 30, 2014

Brooklyn Tech Teacher Sexually Victimized 6 Students: Brooklyn DA

Sean Shaynak had already been charged in August with sending a lewd photo to another student. 

Morris Park & Parkchester »

September 30, 2014

Parkchester Macy's Evacuated After Manhole Fire, FDNY Says

The blaze sent smoke into the department store Monday morning, workers said.  

Bayside & Douglaston »

September 29, 2014

6 Firefighters Injured in Queens Blaze

The firefighters were treated for minor injuries after battling a blaze in Douglaston. 

Harlem »

September 29, 2014

Nearly 2 Dozen Tenants Displaced by Harlem Fire, Officials Say

A fire damaged six apartments inside a West 112th Street building Friday afternoon. 

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

September 24, 2014

Company Overseeing Site Where Worker Died Had $12K in Safety Violations

Rodalfo Vasquez-Galian was crushed Tuesday by a concrete slab at a Midtown construction site.

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

September 23, 2014

Construction Worker Killed as Concrete Wall Falls on Him, Officials Say

The man was crushed by a concrete wall that fell in Hell's Kitchen, officials said.