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.

October 15, 2018


After backlash, Bridgeport Council won't pursue police merger with Upper Merion

Officials in Bridgeport, a tiny Montgomery County borough, had looked into the prospect of merging their police department with Upper Merion. The issue prompted a heated debate in town. When they saw that the move wouldn't save money, they pulled the plug.

October 15, 2018


Days after receiving 'don't call next time you're dying' voicemail from one-time friend, state Rep. Mike O'Brien dies

Early Monday morning, six-term state Rep. Mike O’Brien, 64, suffered a fatal heart attack. In the days before his death, he got a nasty voicemail from a one-time friend turned political rival who alluded to his passing.

October 12, 2018

Odd News

You knew this was coming: Someone has written Gritty fan fiction

A New Jersey man has written a piece of fan fiction about Flyers mascot Gritty and the Phillie Phanatic. It features fist fights and erotic encounters.

October 11, 2018


How to make your own 'Gritty' Halloween costume on a tight (or big) budget

Gritty, the new Flyers mascot, has become a phenomenon in the days and weeks since his September 2018 debut, and promises to be hot for Halloween. We compiled a list of tips from professionals to help you make the costume at home.

October 11, 2018


Mayor: 'Yes, there are rats in Longport'

In the letter, NIck Russo offered steps taken by the shore town to address the problem of rodent infestation, but also called on residents to pitch in to keep the borough as rat-free as possible.

October 11, 2018


Obituary: Cancer patient fled Jefferson Hospital, stole a plane and crashed into the ocean

People cope with the deaths of loved ones in many different ways, but dare we say few approach it as creatively as Rick Stein’s family.

October 10, 2018


Montgomery County man faces up to 12 years in prison for 'menacing' mixed-race neighbors

If convicted, Matthew Rutkowski of Schwenksville could face up to 12 years in prison on charges stemming from complaints filed by Pam and Harold Margolis.

October 8, 2018

Good News

Bridgeport police officer honored for saving newborn's life

The news coming out of the tiny Montgomery County borough of Bridgeport hasn’t been all that positive of late.

October 8, 2018


Citing fears of 'inappropriate touching,' Archdiocese of Philadelphia bars girl, 12, from CYO football

Brooke Choi was devastated to learn that she wouldn't be allowed to play her favorite sport for a youth CYO team in Chester County. “I just wanted to play football. It was really upsetting,” she says.

October 5, 2018


Are rats taking over Longport? Some locals fear it's true

Dozens of the beady-eyed, long-tailed rodents – scurrying around lawns, under barbecue grills, along decks and inside sheds on one block of the tony shore community – have sent creepy chills up the spines of those who stick around after the summer tourist season ends.

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