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.


 
Howard Beach & Richmond Hill »

March 4, 2015

Man Runs Into Queens Deli After Being Shot in Back, Worker Says

The man told workers he was shot by someone he knows. 

Midtown & Theater District »

March 4, 2015

Knicks Fans Chant 'Tom Hanks' During Blowout Loss at MSG

Fans started to cheer the Oscar winner, who was sitting courtside during the game.

Harlem »

March 3, 2015

Brooklyn Man Arrested for 2013 Death of Transgender Woman Islan Nettles

James Dixon was indicted for killing Nettles in Harlem nearly two years ago.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

March 2, 2015

Puppies Rescued From Same SoHo Building Twice in 5 Years

Puppies were saved in 2010 after a fire and then last week from owners charged with animal cruelty. 

East New York & Brownsville »

February 27, 2015

Aunt Beat 3-Year-Old to Death Over Spelling Lessons, Prosectors Charge

Christen Dale was charged with beating her nephew, Ethan Ali, to death in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Sunset Park & Greenwood Heights »

February 27, 2015

Chinese Immigrants Face Tuberculosis Outbreak in Sunset Park, Officials Say

At least 15 people have gotten the illness since 2013, according to the Department of Health. 

East New York & Brownsville »

February 26, 2015

Aunt Arrested in Beating Death of 3-Year-Old Boy, Police Say

Christen Dale was arrested for beating her nephew Ethan Ali, 3, to death, police said.

Flushing & Whitestone »

February 26, 2015

Man Claiming to Have Gun Steals $400 From Queens Spa, Police Say

A robber hit Jessica Holistic Spa on College Point Boulevard on Feb. 19, police said.