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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HOTBED
12:36 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Local Artists Find Space At NADA During Art Basel Miami

Azizi DeSouza, 31, was inspired by an unexplained mass blackbird death for a video that will be shown during NADA.
Credit Kenny Malone

Listen to the radio story here.

Fifty years ago Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett played the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach. Now a handful of college students will have their day at the Deauville.

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End of the Line
7:22 am
Tue December 4, 2012

End of the Line: Velvet Rope

Kenny Malone with Alan T in front of the Club Space VIP door. Kenny wears the questionable outfit mentioned in the piece.
Trina Sargalski

Love it or hate it, nightlife is huge here.  And one person determines whether you go home in shame or spend the night in glory.  The doorman.

We asked Under the Sun’s assistant producers, Trina Sargalski and Kenny Malone, to capture the drama of the Velvet Rope.  Little did they know, they’d get roped in, themselves.

Look here for an animated version of their adventure.

Under the Sun
7:20 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Velvet Rope – Animated Version

Kenny Malone shows Nicole Chipi his prized Florentine leather jacket.
Trina Sargalski

 

Editor Dan Grech assigned Assistant Producers Kenny Malone and Trina Sargalski to report a story about getting past the doorman at nightclubs.  With the detachment appropriate to their position, Kenny and Trina arrived at Club Space in downtown Miami ready to report on the velvet rope.

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Recession Trends
2:53 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

One In Five Floridians On Food Stamps

Credit NDReedplayer

One in five Floridians - about 3.6 million - is receiving food stamp benefits and the number is rising in South Florida, according to new data released by the state..

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties all saw increased enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in October.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the trend is particularly troubling for Broward County

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MOCA
6:29 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Museum in North Miami Receives Highest Award

North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art becomes one of just 69 museums to ever receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Credit Museum of Contemporary Art

In a White House ceremony Wednesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami joined an elite group of just 69 museums to be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service - one the nation's top seals of approval for museums and libraries.

"Well, I guess you could compare it to the Emmy's or Oscars,"  said  Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute for Museum and Library Service.

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Jackson v Northwestern
6:11 am
Tue November 13, 2012

SLIDESHOW: How The Soul Bowl Lost Its Mojo

Kenny Malone

Last Friday night, the Miami Northwestern Bulls defeated the Miami Jackson Generals 21-13 in one of Miami-Dade's most famous high school football rivalries. Known as the "Soul Bowl," the two historically black schools used to draw tens of thousands of spectators to the old Orange Bowl. But over the last decade or so, the rivalry has been losing steam.

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Garcia And Rivera
7:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Joe Garcia Wins As David Rivera Faces Down Ethics Charges

Joe Garcia won Florida's 26th Congressional District seat.
Kenny Malone /Flickr

Joe Garcia Wins

Democrat Joe Garcia convincingly beat incumbent Republican David Rivera Tuesday night to win Florida's 26th Congressional District seat.

Rivera lost by more than 10 points to Garcia. It was almost a perfect reversal from 2010, when Rivera soundly beat Garcia by more than 9 points.

After two failed runs for U.S. Congress, Garcia got some unconventional help this time around. His opponent, incumbent David Rivera, was the target of two federal investigations and was accused of ethics violations by the state ethics commission.

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Politics
9:11 am
Tue November 6, 2012

80 Years, 20 Elections, One Woman

Selma Friedman, 102, since 1932 has missed just one presidential election. She was hospitalized with a broken hip in 1972.
Credit Patrick Farrell, Miami Herald

Today is  the 57th presidential election in U.S. history.  But we wanted to take a breath and talk about election number 37: Hoover v. FDR.

A little over a month ago, on The Florida Roundup, host Phil Latzman made a request for the Dispatches from the Swing State project.

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The Button Lens
5:29 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Button Man: This Job Brought To You By Mitt Romney

Marvin Francis, 44, graphic designer and political button salesman outside of a recent rally for former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney
Credit Photo by Kenny Malone

Marvin Francis crouched over and dug into a yellow and forest green La Salle High School miniature duffel bag. "'NObama'; 'You Lie,'" he read from a pile of oversized red, white and blue buttons. A small crowd peaked over his shoulders, holding five and ten dollar bills at their sides.

"I think that's all the selection I have left. And 'Obama Sucks,'" he added. "That's the only other one that I have that I didn't want to put out 'cause there's too many young kids."

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Breaking
9:13 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

How Mitt Romney Dealt With The Hurricane In The Room

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.
Credit Photo by Kenny Malone

Today was an important day for former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, his first day back from the Hurricane Sandy campaign hiatus.

Romney spent the day in a state uniquely associated with hurricanes (Florida) and made his second stop at a university nicknamed "The Hurricanes" (the University of Miami).

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Potential Cancer Cluster
4:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Health Officials: No Cancer Cluster In Miami-Dade

Long-time Broadmoor resident Juan Heredia says he built this playground for his two granddaughters but won’t let them play outside anymore because of black dust he says is emitted from the recycling facility on the other side of this fence.
Photo by Kenny Malone

The Florida Department of Health said today there is not a cancer cluster just east of Hialeah, in a neighborhood often referred to as Broadmoor.

On July 19th, 2012 a resident from the Broadmoor area, Vanessa Shelton, went before the Miami-Dade County Commission during a public hearing about a nearby metal recycling facility.

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Dispatches
11:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Dispatch: The Server And The Cat

Patti Wilde and her bar mate Larry
YouTube Screenshot

During the previous debate, our Dispatches from the Swing State team met an interesting character in a Key West pub -- a local server named Patti Wilde who is originally from Cincinnati and is something of a local celebrity.

Or, as she explains it, "I mean, I used to be. I've been here 30 years so they go, 'oh, Cincinnati Patti's here.' But now they don't do that anymore. They go, 'Larry!'"

"Larry" is Patti Wilde's cat -- a very large cat that sits calmly on the bar stool wherever she goes.

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Dispatches From the Swing State
8:15 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Taking The Political Pulse On The Smallest of Small Businesses: A Hot Dog Stand

Tony Grusovnich, 23, is working his way through college at his uncle'a hotdog stand in Palm Coast. Blames Obama for losing federal school loans, dislikes Romney equally.
Patrick Farrell

Flagler County, where Palm Coast is located, has the highest unemployment rate in Florida. 1 in 8 workers there is without a job.

Our Dispatches from the Swing State project passed through Palm Coast yesterday and stopped at a hotdog stand where they met John Sabia.

Sabia works only for tips at Hot Diggity Dog. He’s helping out the owner who happens to be his son.

Sabia says when Palm Coast was booming, the hotdog stand had a line for hours and US1 was backed up with traffic.


But then, the collapse.

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Dispatches From the Swing State
5:03 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

How To Survive On The Oyster Harvest, With Help From The President

photo: Patrick Farrell

Everyone #FLDispatches talked to about oystering told us the same thing: oysters are unusually scarce this season. 32-year-old Matt Hodges has been oystering for about three years and says the problem comes from a combination of overharvesting, a long stretch of drought and then torrential fresh water from Debbie and Isaac this year. Matt and his wife Holly are one of a handful of married oystering couples who work out of the Ochlockonee Bay that splits Wakulla and Franklin Counties.

Dispatches From The Swing State
11:56 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Where Do Goat Cheese, Trickle Down Economics And Swing State Voters Meet?

photo: Kenny Malone

There were just over 21-hundred jobs in the agriculture and mining sector in Lee County, by the last census numbers.

Our Dispatches from the Swing State project dropped in on one of the less conventional agriculture positions at the Umbuzi experimental farm in Buckingham, Florida.

Herald photographer Patrick Farrell and I are driving around the state to cut straight to the Florida voters and issues of the 2012 presidential election.

At the Umbuzi farm, we met award-winning goat cheese maker Jim Ellis.

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