Kenny Malone

Kenny Malone hails from Meadville, PA where the zipper was invented, where Clark Gable’s mother is buried and where, in 2007, a wrecking ball broke free from a construction site, rolled down North Main Street and somehow wound up inside the trunk of a Ford Taurus sitting at a red light.

Malone graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH as a mathematics major and economics minor. He took an un-ironic oath to use mathematics for good not evil. Per that oath, Malone has taken on a wide array of non-evil numbers-based reporting endeavors -- everything from proving the existence of a home-field heat advantage for the Miami Dolphins to explaining South Florida’s economy in terms of automobiles on I-95 to exposing the extraordinary toll the densest cluster of assisted living facilities in the state had on both local authorities and the residents of those facilities in Lauderhill, FL.

Malone’s work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition as well as APM’s Marketplace and The Story. His work has won national awards for religion, financial, crime and investigative reporting as well as three Best in Show Green Eyeshade Awards, the National Edward R. Murrow Award for use of sound, the National Headliner and PRNDI awards for series reporting, and the Scripps Howard Award for In-Depth Radio Reporting.

Malone lives in Miami Beach with his scruffy dog, Sir Xavier Charpentier III.

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Competition
10:43 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The British* Are Paying! Help Us Find The Best Fish And Chips

Fish and chips: A still life.
Credit Kenny Malone/WLRN-Miami Herald Staff

(*Probably the British are paying.)

A British diplomat and I will be kicking soccer balls at one another this afternoon, specifically penalty kicks (PKs.) Loser buys fish and chips, and presumably beer.

This was not my idea. It was Kevin McGurgan’s.

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Sports
11:14 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Are South Floridians 'Soccer Savvy' or Soccer Snobs?

Sun Life Stadium during the Real Madrid/Chelsea championship game of the Guinness International Champions Cup
Kenny Malone/WLRN-Miami Herald Staff

  Last week the attention of the international soccer world was focused on Miami Gardens. Sun Life Stadium hosted the final four matches of the Guinness International Champions Cup, including the championship match in which Real Madrid defeated Chelsea (3-1).

Organizers called it a “perfect-storm” tournament final -- top teams with huge fan bases and international star power, playing for a trophy with a high-profile coaching saga at the center of the match.

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Soccer
8:07 am
Thu August 8, 2013

A Fútbol Fashion Guide From The Guinness International Champions Cup

I challenge anyone to find a creepier picture from Wednesday's ICC matches! Real Madrid fan George Rodriguez hides behind a complimentary cardboard Cristiano Ronaldo mask.
Kenny Malone/WLRN-Miami Herald Staff

Real Madrid rather convincingly defeated Chelsea 3-1 Wednesday night, claiming the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup at Sun Life Stadium.

A nearly sold-out crowd of 67,273 fans turned up for the two-match card that began with a third-place showdown between the Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan (0-2). 

Yes, there was world-class soccer. And yes it was star-studded (Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Milan's Mario Balotelli both scored in there respective matches).

Remix the News
1:07 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Mike D Meets Mike Dee: The Dolphins' Stadium Debate In A Single Video Remix

Left: Mike D of the Beastie Boys. Right: Mike Dee of the Miami Dolphins.
Credit (L) giantbomb.com (R) Twitter/@MikeDeeFins

Update July 17, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m.: Mike Dee, CEO of the Miami Dolphins since 2009, is leaving to become president and CEO of pro baseball's San Diego Padres. We are rerunning this post from earlier this year amid the debate about the failed effort to win funding for renovations to Sun Life Stadium.

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Retirement Destination
6:30 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Real Estate Study Inadvertently Reveals South Florida Population Isn't THAT Old

Florida has a higher percentage of people 65 and older than any other state. But South Florida's reputation as a retirement destination may not be accurate.
Credit Lee Cannon

The California-based real estate analysis company RealtyTrac has released a list of the nation’s top “Retirement Hot Spots for Real Estate Investing.” No surprise, Florida figures prominently - 7 of the top 15 cities are in the Sunshine State.

What might be surprising though, none of those are from South Florida.

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NBA Championship
11:52 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Miami Hotel Empties Its Kitchen For Downtown Heat Parade

The InterContinental Miami hotel has emptied out its executive kitchen for today's Heat Parade.
Credit Kenny Malone

This is the Stradivarius of pots and pans, an entire orchestra of them.

The InterContinental Miami temporarily pulled the culinary accoutrements from its executive kitchen to help celebrate the Miami Heat's 2012-2013 NBA Championship.

As the Miami Heat rounded the homestretch of today's parade, InterContinental staff and guests took to a small stage along the parade's route to smash ladles against soup pots and smack spoons against baking pans.

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Tourism
8:15 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph Relaunches With Infamous Name Still Attached

Carnival Corporation's cruise ship Triumph.
Credit http://en.wikipedia.org

Thursday was a big day for one of the largest publicly traded companies in South Florida.

Miami-based Carnival Corporation sent back to sea one of its more storied vessels: The Carnival Triumph.

In February an engine fire knocked out the Triumph’s power. No one was injured, but passengers complained of food shortages and a lack of working toilets.

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Business
9:29 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Parking Industry Tries To Make Your Life Easier

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Finding a parking space, probably not at the top of the list of things you like to do. Well, experts in parking think they might be able to change that. One key, they say, is for developers to think about the parking experience when they're designing malls or apartment complexes, instead of just treating it as an afterthought.

This came up in Florida this week, at the International Parking Institute's annual conference. Reporter Kenny Malone, from member station WLRN, was there.

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Sports
7:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Remix The News: David Kobert, Miami Dolphins And Circus Politics

Artist's rendering of Sun Life Stadium upgrades.
Credit Original photo from Miami Dolphins with added pizzazz by Kenny Malone

We're a little over two weeks away from the scheduled Miami-Dade County referendum on proposed upgrades to the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium.

State lawmakers still need to approve a local hotel tax increase and a Dolphins subsidy that would help pay for the renovations. If that happens, the public will have a chance to officially vote on the upgrades on May 14th. 

Until then, we figured we'd give our audience a different way to express their feelings on the issue:

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Rollercoasters
6:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Reporter's Notebook: A Musical Ode To A Roller Coaster

The Dania Beach Hurricane, on the side of I-95, opened in 2000 and stopped running in 2011.
Credit Kenny Malone

The Dania Beach Hurricane was the largest wooden roller coaster in Florida. Depending on your definition of "is" and "roller coaster," it might still hold that title. The ride shut down in April 2011, but the monstrous jungle of lumber still looms over I-95. The track is still there. The trains are still there. The Hurricane just doesn't run anymore.

And now the coaster's owners are trying to give the entire thing away to charity. But, no surprise, that's proving difficult. (You can listen to that story above.)

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Sun Life Stadium
8:41 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Remix The News: How The Dolphins' Stadium Debate Can Be Turned Into Sound Art

Artist's rendering of Sun Life Stadium renovations.
Credit Dolphins/Dolphins

As part of WLRN's Remix the News Challenge: Sun Life Stadium Edition, we're asking people (both expert and amateur) to help us hear what the stadium renovations debate sounds like to them.

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Sun Life Stadium
1:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Dolphins Stadium Renovations: We Want To Hear Your Remix

Credit Original photo from Miami Dolphins with added pizzazz by Kenny Malone

ENTER OUR REMIX THE NEWS CONTEST HERE

On January 14th, 2013 the Miami Dolphins announced a controversial plan to completely renovate Sun Life Stadium. The proposed renovations to the 25-year-old facility included expanded seating, a canopy to cover fans and new high-def video screens. The Miami Dolphins promised to privately finance at least half of the cost. The remaining funding would come from a $3 million-per-year tax rebate for the Dolphins and a 1% increase to the Miami-Dade County hotel bed tax.

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University of Miami Basketball
1:08 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

How The University Of Miami’s Basketball Coach Is Bringing Back The Ñ

A screen grab of the post-game interview with the University of Miami's head basketball coach following the school's first ever Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship.
Credit ESPN Sports

The squiggly line seemed to show up out of nowhere.

It happened at the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday, March 17th.

Confetti was falling. Hurricanes were celebrating. The University of Miami had made history by winning the first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in school history. Jeannine Edwards, an ESPN reporter, was standing by with second-year UM coach Jim Larranaga.

And then, the name graphic.

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Under the Sun
3:51 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

What’s Up With South Florida?: Inglish Gratis

In our regular What’s Up With South Florida? feature, you decide what we investigate.  You voted overwhelmingly for an explanation of the “Inglish Gratis” sign outside of Hialeah High.  This photo had been circulating virally through email.  It was brought to our attention by  photographer Tomas Loewy.  In Episode 3 of Under the Sun, Kenny Malone set out to solve the mystery of this misspelling. (-T.S.)

Funding for this episode provided by a grant from The Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Street Sounds
6:21 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Four Musical Ways People Celebrated Hugo Chavez's Death

Cubans and Venezuelans celebrate and pop champagne in front of Versailles. They scream 'Viva Venezuela! Abajo Castro!'
Credit Brenda Medina / El Nuevo Herald

All Tuesday night, we listened to South Floridians react to the death of Hugo Chavez. Many (most) of the reactions were celebratory. Those celebrations took the form of songs, drive-by shoutings and apparently an accordion death ballad.

Below is a roundup of the most colorful reactions to the death of Venezuela's oft-beloved and perhaps equally hated leader.

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