Ben Fractenberg

Reporter/Producer @fractenberg

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.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

November 26, 2014

Families Brave Winter Weather to Watch Thanksgiving Balloons Inflate

Balloons for characters including Spider-Man were inflated for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.    

Midtown & Theater District »

November 25, 2014

Marchers Shut Down Streets in Second Night of Protesting Ferguson Decision

Hundreds congregated in city squares to express frustration over police treatment of minorities.

Midtown & Theater District »

November 25, 2014

Fake Blood-Tossing Protester Labeled 'Professional Agitator' by Bratton

Diego Ibanez allegedly threw the liquid during the Ferguson grand jury protests in Times Square Monday.

Midtown & Theater District »

November 25, 2014

Reporters 'Improperly' Excluded From Mayor-Union Meeting: Investigators

Reporters were told they could not attend the July meeting even though it was in a public school. 

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

November 24, 2014

Bratton Splattered With Fake Blood During Protest Over Ferguson Decision

A Missouri grand jury voted not to indict a police officer for killing an unarmed teenager there.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

November 24, 2014

Brooklyn Named a Finalist to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

The Barclays Center was one of three locations chosen to possibly host the convention. 

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

November 21, 2014

Angolan Death Metal Documentary Has New York City Premiere

"Death Metal Angola" documents the nascent metal scene in the African country. 

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

November 20, 2014

Man Robbed 4 Women Inside Williamsburg Bars, Police Say

The suspect has struck at least four bars since September, police said.