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.

June 17, 2019


Is Trump administration looking to deflate 'Scabby the Rat' protest balloons?

A recent document from the National Labor Relations Board hinted that the Trump-administration appointee is keen on getting federal labor laws reinterpreted to state that large inflatables at union protests represent 'unlawful coercion.'

June 12, 2019


'Swiss Cheese Pervert' returns to Philly court for probation-violation hearing

Last week, Christopher Pagano learned that a Berks County assistant district attorney was withdrawing a harassment charge against him before he could appeal the verdict. This week, the man known as the 'Swiss Cheese Pervert' returned to a Philadelphia courtroom for a probation-violation hearing.

June 11, 2019

Election 2019

Here are the write-in votes from across the Philly suburbs in the May primaries

The write-in votes from suburban Philadelphia counties saw Donald Trump get backing as a Democrat in the May 2019 primaries. Gritty also saw some support for various offices, because of course Gritty did.

June 6, 2019

Neighborhood Fights

Vandal targets bright orange car which attracted a nasty anonymous note

‘Twas November of 2016 when Korey Onulack – owner/operator of a metallic-orange YEAR Volkswagen Fahrenheit GTI – approached his car and saw a “somewhat passive aggressive note” handwritten on a piece of lined notebook paper that someone slid under his windshield wiper.

June 5, 2019

Election 2019

Election Day shocker: Gritty didn't lead the write-in vote pack for May's primaries

In the May 2019 primaries across Philadelphia, Gritty received support for an array of offices, but an activist from West Philadelphia drew substantially more votes. Also, the Furnace Party letter was quoted in two votes, which is awesome.

June 5, 2019


The 'Swiss Cheese Pervert' breaks his silence on a life of infamy

One victim snapped a picture of Christopher Pagano holding a piece of Swiss cheese. It went viral. The nickname stuck. In his first extensive interview, he said Tuesday that it haunts him – and his family – to this day.

June 3, 2019

Odd News

Who is throwing bottles filled with pee at couple's Philly home?

A couple from Philadelphia's East Falls neighborhood would really like to know who has thrown 30 water bottles filled with urine at their home since they moved in. The activity has been escalating in recent weeks.

May 29, 2019


In time for the weekend: 15 best beach games for the summer of 2019

For some folks, the beach is the perfect place to kick back and relax while soaking in the rays and letting the cares of the world drift away. For others, it’s the perfect place to play games.

May 28, 2019


WATCH: Protesters nearly run over by front-end loader outside PHA headquarters

One North Philadelphia woman's war against the Philadelphia Housing Authority has resulted in a 38-day-and-counting #OccupyPHA protest. On Friday, it almost landed protesters in the hospital.

May 24, 2019


Here are the Top 12 Summer Bangers of all-time (and a whole lot more)

The unofficial start of Summer 2019 is upon us. Let's explore some of the best 'summer bangers' of all time. You know, those songs that match the spirit of a carefree season.

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