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.

Canarsie & Mill Basin »

October 2, 2014

2 Men Open Fire During Fight in Front of Canarsie Supermarket, Police Say

The two men shot at each other in front of the market at 104-21 Glenwood Road, police and workers said.

South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens & Rosedale »

October 1, 2014

Residents Trapped in Elevators During Rochdale Village Outage, FDNY Says

Power outage in Rochdale Village stranded 52 people in elevators and on scaffolding, authorities say.

Midtown & Theater District »

October 1, 2014

Christine Quinn to Help Honor Openly Gay Athletes at Awards Dinner

Athlete Ally, where Quinn is a board member, will honor Jason Collins and Martina Navratilova.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

October 1, 2014

Suspect in Double Sexual Assault Released From Jail After DNA Mismatch

Daquan Jackson was released from jail because of a lack of evidence against him, his lawyer said.

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.