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.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

September 17, 2014

Strand Bookstore Evacuated After Customers Start Coughing, Officials Say

Dozens of customers' throats felt irritated but no noxious chemicals were found, fire officials said.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

September 17, 2014

City Looking to Hire New Blacksmith

The Parks Department needs a new metal worker after Larry Hagberg retired this year.

East Village & Lower East Side »

September 16, 2014

Scammers Stole $60K From Manhattan Apartment Hunters, DA Says

Matthew Wada and Jennifer York scammed more than 20 would-be renters, prosecutors say.

Flushing & Whitestone »

September 16, 2014

Brooklyn Tech Student and Family Killed in Murder-Suicide Mourned

A service was held for Brian Lee, Lee Sung and Lee Joon at the Central Funeral Home Monday night.

Midtown & Theater District »

September 12, 2014

16 Subway Lines Face Service Changes This Weekend

The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, C, D, E, F, G, N, Q and R lines will all be impacted. 

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

September 12, 2014

VIDEO: Flatiron Building Roof Catches Fire, FDNY Says

Large black clouds of smoke could be seen rising from the building. 

Harlem »

September 11, 2014

Police Officer Injured in Harlem Apartment Building Fire, Officials Say

The officer suffered smoke inhalation. 

Flushing & Whitestone »

September 10, 2014

Brooklyn Tech Student Killed by Father Remembered as Kindhearted

Brian Lee was described as a popular, sweet young man by Brooklyn Tech classmates and church leaders.