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.

April 24, 2019

Furnace Party

Your guide to Brewerytown's mysterious 'Furnace Party'

Just over two months ago, the Buzziest Story in the Greater Philadelphia Region became that of the “steel furnace letter” that was passed out to many residences and businesses in the area straddling the line between Brewerytown and Fairmount. It talked of a forthcoming event at a vacant lot.

April 24, 2019


WATCH: Philadelphia Water Department opens 'Water Bar' outside City Hall

The grant-funded mission to break the chains that bind us to bottled water was created to help “bust myths” that tap water is – for lack of a better word – yucky, and safe to imbibe.

April 23, 2019


PETA supporters ask people to 'stand up for dogs' at Penn protest

The 50-some people who marched through the University of Pennsylvania campus on a mission to “Save the Penn Book Center” might have been the loudest protesters in that area around lunchtime Tuesday.

April 23, 2019

Good News

Local woman riding bicycle from Thailand to Spain to help street children

Nicole Heker's 6,000-plus-mile journey is designed to help raise attention and funds for an effort she and others have undertaken to help youths facing a world of child marriage, child labor and extreme poverty in Nepal.

April 22, 2019


Why both the Flyers and their anti-PC haters are right (and wrong) in the Kate Smith saga

I first heard about Kate Smith-gate roughly 30 minutes before the clock struck Good Friday. At that point, word that the New York Baseball Yankees had relegated the Songbird of the South’s rendition of “God Bless America” to the annals of its history.

April 18, 2019


Judge clears woman charged with assault after claiming Lyft driver tried to kidnap her

Despite making public claims that a Lyft driver attempted to “kidnap” her after a heated verbal altercation on Christmas Eve, 19-year-old Zuri Berry headed to court on Thursday to face charges including aggravated assault, criminal mischief and simple assault.

April 17, 2019


Artist who blew off half of his hand with homemade explosive wages war for justice

Still saddled with eight years of probation, Douglas Ferrin is on a mission to reclaim his career and reputation by convincing the world he's not a firebug. That’s not an easy thing to do when you've been convicted of blowing up a toilet inside a crowded Phoenixville bar.

April 15, 2019

Odd News

Local brewery starts crafting 'Do Attend' beer in time for April 27 furnace party

Amid the uncertainty around a mysterious flyer passed out to draw attention to the April 27 'Furnace Party' at 27th Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia, one thing is already known: Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. will sell a Jalapeño Double IPA to commemorate the day.

April 10, 2019


'Antifa Mob' assault case takes center stage in unconventional war between Philly judge and Larry Krasner

After the girlfriend of a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge filed a discrimination complaint against the District Attorney's Office claiming she was fired because she is white, that office responded with a request that the judge recuse himself from all criminal cases.

April 9, 2019


Readers make their own list of the 'Worst Philadelphians'

After we offered our list of 20 of the 'Worst Philadelphians,' readers responded wit a couple dozen that we apparently missed.

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