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.

Sheepshead Bay & Marine Park »

August 28, 2015

Police Charge Brooklyn Man With Murder in Nostrand Houses Shooting

Ramon Cooper shot and killed Darnell Warren in Sheepshead Bay on Wednesday, according to police. 

Midtown & Theater District »

August 28, 2015

Cats in Need of Homes Still Pack City Shelters Despite High Adoption Rates

Shelters were overflowing with cats and kittens at the start of the summer, officials say.

East Village & Lower East Side »

August 27, 2015

Flames Seen Shooting Out of East Village Rooftop With Penthouse Thursday

Flames and smoke were seen pouring out of the top of 203 E. 13th St. Thursday afternoon. 

Ditmas Park & Flatbush »

August 26, 2015

8-Year-Old Girl Fatally Hit by SUV Steps From Her Home, NYPD Says

The collision happened on Ditmas Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

August 26, 2015

Man Slashes Dad in Upper East Side Condo Before Jumping to His Death: NYPD

Mark Citrin slashed his father Niles and then jumped from their E. 65th St. apartment, officials said.

Harlem »

August 23, 2015

Man Killed, Woman Wounded in East Harlem Knife Fight, Police Say

The man was stabbed at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue a little after 8 a.m.

Riverdale & Kingsbridge »

August 20, 2015

Gas Explosion at Bronx School Leaves 3 Workers Hurt, Officials Say

Firefighters pulled three people from a blast site at John F. Kennedy High School.

Ditmas Park & Flatbush »

August 20, 2015

Man Tries to Rob Bank Near Brooklyn College, Police Say

The man handed a note to a teller at a Bank of America on Flatbush Avenue Thursday.