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.

December 18, 2018


Want to drive your haters insane? Buy their kids this toy for Christmas

A week before Christmas, America – nay, the world – finds itself facing a new crop of enemies of the people. They go by names including Bo Dangles, Flufferpuff, Frizz, Fuzzbo, Harry Scoots, Klutzers, Lil/ Blinks, Peeks, Toofy Spooder, Toots, Webington and Wigglly Riggles.

December 12, 2018

Health Stories

How a lifelong friendship, a random act of kindness and social media brought strangers together for a kidney donation

Joe Weissinger's young son carried a sign at the 2018 Mummers Parade declaring 'My Daddy Needs a Kidney.' In October, he got one. The story of how the recipient and donor got in contact with one another is an inspirational tale of how social media helps good deeds come to fruition.

December 11, 2018


Montco man charged with 'menacing' neighbors eludes bail revocation

The battle between a Montgomery County mixed-race family and the neighbor they say has menaced them continued in December as the victims said the harassment continued after a stay-away order was issued. The judge declined to revoke the suspect's bail in advance of trial.

December 10, 2018


Want Gritty (or another Philly mascot) at your holiday party?

This is the time of the year for all sorts of holiday parties. What would it cost to get one of the local professional-sports teams' mascots to swing by your festive gig? We asked the teams for that answer, and the process necessary to make it happen.

December 5, 2018


Q&A: What's it like to be a new mascot in Philly not named Gritty?

In early September, the Philadelphia Union unveiled their new mascot Phang. Two weeks later, the Philadelphia Flyers stole some of that thunder when Gritty was turned loose on the world. How does a new mascot come to terms with getting overshadowed like that? We asked Phang all about it.

December 5, 2018

Health Stories

The woman who 'looked like a broken action figure' continues healing after near-death accident

Laura Brooks of Bridesburg and her family have been on an emotional and physical rollercoaster since she was struck by a car on September 26, 2017 and nearly killed. With her 15th surgery scheduled for December 19, she and her mother are still trying to heal.

December 3, 2018


She lost an Airbnb battle in Collingswood, so she's moving to South American commune

After months of fighting the municipal cease-and-desist order that barred her from listing her Collingswood home on Airbnb, Christina McLean recently posted a “for sale by owner” sign on her front yard. It comes at a time when borough officials say they're close to proposing a compromise legislation.

November 30, 2018


WATCH: Behold the creation of the first-ever 'Cheese Gritty'

A cheese sculpture of Flyers mascot Gritty was created in Conshohocken to be part of the 'Very Philly Christmas' event involving Historic Houses of Fairmount Park, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia’s Department of Parks & Recreation. Food sculptors Jim Victor and Marie Pelton worked on the art in a climate-controlled trailer in their driveway.

November 27, 2018


Update: Gritty's official City Hall appearance has been postponed

The googly-eyed mascot that stole everyone’s hearts will visit Philadelphia City Hall for the City Council meeting on December 6.

November 27, 2018

Good News

South Jersey soccer community kicks in to start team at Camden school

When a Camden school teacher put out a call on social media for help establishing a soccer team for fifth through eighth graders, the South Jersey community sprung into action with offers ranging from equipment and uniforms to balls and field time.

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