Brian Hickey


Brian Hickey has been a journalist in Philadelphia and South Jersey for the past 20 years, most recently as an editor at WHYY covering the mayoral race and stories throughout the city. He’s written for Deadspin and NewsWorks and other outlets, and has been honored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, Pa. Society of Professional of Journalists and others.

Raised in Haddon Township, he lives in East Falls with his wife Angela and son Louden. There, he hosts Quizzo every other Tuesday night (come on out sometime!) and coaches in the neighborhood’s youth-soccer program.

Tweet at him @brianphickey.

August 20, 2019


WMMR calls powerlifting contest billed as Campout for Hunger fundraiser a 'fraud'

The “2019 USA Powerlifting Kilos for the Camp Out” powerlifting competition was billed as an alleged fundraiser for WMMR’s annual Camp Out for Hunger event.

August 16, 2019


Ambler NAACP: We can learn from Montgomery County cops' racist and offensive social posts


August 14, 2019

Odd News

Sorry, folks, the '50 Shades of Maple Glen' home is no longer up for sale

In February 2019, a sexualized real-estate ad for a home in Montgomery County, went viral as the “50 Shades of Maple Glen” home. The owner tells PhillyVoice he took the home down off the market and is looking to expand his AirBNB 'sexual oasis' side hustle.

August 13, 2019


Safety concerns lead Tower Theater to remove iconic exterior sign

Crew started working to remove the iconic signage atop Upper Darby's Tower Theater on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, after engineers and inspectors warned the concert venue's 92-year-old structure could present safety issues.

August 12, 2019


South Philly couple refuses to repair damaged water line, alleging city workers to blame

A South Philly street gets repaved and water service is disrupted to two homes. The Water Department says its investigating whether the owners should have to pay thousands of dollars for water-line repairs.

August 8, 2019

Public Safety

Is this prominent South Philly fixture the worst hotel in the city?

Most Philadelphians would recognize the Penrose Hotel, located in the shadows of I-76 in South Philly. People who've been inside the high-rise draw comparisons to post-apocalyptic movies or Hell itself. The city's Department of Licenses and Inspections has deemed it a threat to public safety.

August 8, 2019

Food and Drink

A guide to the Jersey Shore's best dive bars

A guide to the best dive bars along the Jersey shore from Ocean County to Cape May. Some are on barrier islands, and some on the mainland. Some are already popular but some are hidden gems.

August 7, 2019


Exclusive: Watchdog group finds offensive social media posts from 32 police officers in Montgomery County

In June, he saw the news about how the Plain View Project’s database of police officers’ social media activity resulted in 72 Philadelphia cops being temporarily removed from public duty for racist or otherwise offensive posts.

August 6, 2019


Toomey: Trump called with support (but no firm commitment) for gun-control measures

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey held a press conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday to say he has recently heard from President Trump, who told him he was interested in helping get bipartisan gun-control legislation to become law. Trump gave him no guarantees, though.

July 29, 2019


Out of ICE shackles, Keith Byrne still feels like a prisoner

After everything that he and his family have been through this month, Keith Byrne doesn’t feel comfortable venturing too far from his family’s home on a cozy, tree-lined street in Springfield Township, Montgomery County.

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