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Ben Fractenberg is a multimedia journalist living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in The New York Times Fort Greene-Clinton Hill local blog, Haaretz, Daily News and The Huffington Post. He created the project while studying at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Ben recently won a $15,000 grant from the McCormick Foundation, along with his business partner, Mariana Vasconcellos, to develop a platform for editors to assign stories locally to reporters and citizen journalists. They are planning to launch the site called the Local Desk within the next couple months.

Ben can often be found in various coffee shops in and around Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. He’s very friendly, though likely a little too hopped-up on caffeine.