Kevin C. Shelly


Kevin C. Shelly has covered South Jersey for 35 years, most recently as investigative and enterprise reporter. He’s been an editor and reporter. He’s reported on government, casinos, business, the environment and crime. The New Jersey Press Association has recognized his work six times in five categories. The Society of Professional Journalists has honored him for investigative reporting. Gannett honored him for narrative writing. His reporting has led to firings, reorganizations and a state hearing. He’s written for The Wine Spectator, Philadelphia, Inside Jersey, New Jersey Monthly and Field & Stream. He lives on the left bank of the Cooper River. Reach him at or tweet at him @kcshlly.

July 24, 2017


Dousing rains may have extinguished Pine Barrens fire

The wildfire which raged through 3,500 acres of Wharton State Forest was contained 100 percent and well under control going into Sunday night.

July 21, 2017


Great white shark Mary Lee: She's out there and she loves the Jersey Shore

Since her tagging, Mary Lee has traveled nearly 40,000 miles. She can travel 100 to 150 miles in one day, and much of her mileage was logged along the New Jersey coast.

July 21, 2017

Natural Disasters

Parts of Wharton Forest on way to Shore closed by smoke and fire

That smell on the way to the shore? Probably drifting smoke from a forest fire in Wharton State Forest, a popular weekend destination with many closures due to drifting ash and smoke.

July 20, 2017


Undefeated Camden boxer is a contender – and a crime-fighter

Vidal RIvera's epiphany came in the third round of his fifth fight: he wasn't a fighter, he was a boxer.

July 20, 2017


Lawsuit: Agencies violated Preservation Act when they tore down historic Camden County house

Government agencies ignored and violated the National Historic Preservation Act when the 250-year-old Hugg-Harrison-Glover House when New Jersey tore it down in early March.

July 19, 2017


Summer camp for teens puts CSI careers under a microscope

This summer camp at a South Jersey university serves as one big cautionary warning for the many teens who lack a good understanding of real crime scene investigation work.

July 18, 2017


Least-liked American governor? Christie, national poll says

The Republican wanna-be sports radio commentator and one-time presidential aspirant, has a 69 percent disapproval rating in the Morning Consult Governor Approval Rankings. Just 25 percent of residents approve of his performance.

July 14, 2017


In South Jersey, cool spring delays tomatoes and drives higher prices

South Jersey’s iconic tomato is having a slow season so far. The crop is late. Yield down. Quality just so-so.

July 14, 2017

Homicide Rate

Report: Philly murders spiked 20 percent in first half of 2017

The increase in murders is a problem seen in other large cities with populations above 250,000, according to the story by news site FiveThirtyEight.

July 12, 2017


Rising sea level means flooding coming to some unexpected towns in New Jersey

About those rising sea level predictions: forget about ‘em. Why? They are far worse than forecast.

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