Kenny Malone

Reporter

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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The End of the Road
2:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

6 Insanely Specific Things We Learned From A Year Of Reporting On I-95

Credit Kenny Malone

There is nothing worse than a three paragraph preamble to a listicle. So all you need to know for this, in case you haven’t been following our End of the Road series, is that WLRN spent the last year doing stories about the final 87 miles of Interstate 95 -- the South Florida stretch. We’ve learned some very useful/strange things along the way.

Please enjoy the following facts for personal use and distribution while attending local cocktail and dinner parties.

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The End of the Road
12:57 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

I-95 Express Lane Poles Take An Unbelievable Beating

A handful of the roughly 7,000 plastic delineators in the I-95 express lanes.
Credit Florida Department of Transportation

Those poor, orange plastic poles didn’t stand a chance against Bliss Aruj. The 17-year-old had just started driving. She was cruising along “in” the I-95 express lanes.

“My mom goes, ‘Bliss! You’re hitting the cones!’” Bliss recalls. “I think I might have taken out about 20 of them in a row.”

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The End of the Road
6:57 am
Wed January 14, 2015

LISTEN: A Father-Daughter Dance With I-95 Destiny

Nina Galoppi has her father Fabio's word that, once she gets her real license, he'll have this PT Cruiser painted pink.
Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

Sixteen-year-old Nina Galoppi says she and her friends simply call I-95 "The Big Road." Many of them avoid it altogether, opting instead for slower, smaller roads to get around.

"It's a really scary road when you think about it," Galoppi says. "That’s where the adults, that’s where trucks, everyone drives there. You don’t want to drive there if you don’t have to."

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The End of the Road
8:24 am
Tue January 6, 2015

What To Expect From Broward's Upcoming I-95 Express Lanes

95 Express Phase 2 is expected to open in the spring of 2015.
Credit Images from FDOT.

South Florida drivers will need to relearn the ins-and-outs of the I-95 express lanes. Specifically where to get in and where to get out.

“Phase 2” of 95 Express will extend the so-called “Lexus Lanes” to Broward Boulevard. Weather permitting, the expansion is scheduled to open this spring. Those plastic divider poles could start popping up this month.

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News
3:03 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

New Year, New Child-Seat Law

Credit Miki Yoshihito / Flickr CC

Florida’s new child seat law goes into effect Thursday, Jan. 1.

In 2014, the Palm Beach Post called Florida’s old child-seat law “the most lax car seat law in the nation.” Under those rules, children were allowed to stop sitting in car seats as soon as they turned 4.

Under the new law, children must be in a car seat until they turn 6. Parents and immediate family members could be fined $60 and get three points on their licenses for failing to comply.

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Outdoors
3:24 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

No More Soggy Fishing Licenses! FWC Launches Permit App

Screen-grabs of the new FWC smartphone app.
Credit Kenny Malone

Florida’s great outdoors now comes with a paperless option.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has launched a new mobile app that lets hunters and fishermen buy licenses from their smart phones and store those licenses digitally.

“You have people having issues like losing their license or their license getting wet or even they forgot their license at home,” says FWC spokeswoman Amanda Nalley. “Most people have their phone on them regardless of whether they may have left their wallet at home.”

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The End of the Road
5:29 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

I-95: America's 2,000-Mile Political Lens?

Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, head of the Republican Governors Association, recently claimed that the GOP was becoming the party of I-95. While it's not unheard of to use Interstates as a political lens, using an entire 2,000 mile Interstate is a little strange.
Credit Graphic by Kenny Malone

You’ve heard of “big tent” political parties. How about “big overpass” parties?

Is GOP the party of Interstate 95?” read a headline from McClatchy Newspapers last month.

About two weeks after the November midterm elections, the Republican Governors Association met in Boca Raton. During a press conference, newly appointed chairman -- and Tennessee governor -- Bill Haslam told a group of reporters about a recent revelation.

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Transportation
11:49 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Uber Expands Throughout Florida, Still Faces Legal Battles In South Florida

An Uber graphic touting their new expansion through Florida.
Credit Graphic by Uber. Color darkened by WLRN for clarity.

From Pensacola to Key West, the ride-sharing company Uber announced that its app-based service -- specifically its lower cost "uberX" service -- will now be available in dozens of new locations around Florida including Naples, Sarasota, Fort Myers and the Florida Keys.

"Now we’re nearly everywhere in Florida," an announcement claimed on the company's blog. "As of today, over 82 percent of Floridians have access to Uber!"

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The End of the Road
10:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Blazing The Waze: FDOT Is The Traffic App’s First U.S. Partner

Earlier this year the Florida Department of Transportation entered into a partnership with the traffic data company Waze. The Israeli startup, now owned by Google, lets “Wazers” use a smartphone app to report the location of crashes, congestion, potholes, road kill and police officers among many other things.

The agreement is purely a “data-sharing” partnership. Waze gets access to the stream of information produced by the road sensors FDOT uses to monitor traffic flow on Florida’s major highways. And FDOT gets access to the myriad reports filed by Wazers.

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The End of the Road
11:06 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

The Words Invented By South Florida's I-95 Drivers

Regular commuters along Interstate 95 have created some terms to describe what they see on these roads.
Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

When Arthur Bowditch Fay set out to chronicle his 300-mile Interstate 95 commute from Spotsylvania, Va. to Leonia, N.J., he came to the realization that the English language did not have the words to describe what he was seeing and doing.

So he invented those words:

dreamile (noun)
[dree-mahyl]
“The distance traveled while... daydreaming. Usually nothing of the dreamile is remembered.”

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Hurricanes
8:26 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Florida Continues Unprecedented Streak Of Hurricane Luck

Another hurricane season has flown by without a lot of wind.

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season will come to an end on Sunday having produced just eight named storms: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna.

“If this were a typical year we would have seen 12 named storms,” said National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen.

A total of six tropical storms turned into hurricanes. Two of those grew into Category 3 or higher storms.

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History
9:20 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Meet The Tuskegee Airman In Your Own Backyard

Lt. Col. Leo Gray is one of a few dozen remaining Tuskegee Airman. He began training in Tuskegee, AL in 1943.
Credit Philip Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage for "Living history: Tuskegee aviator visits UAA." Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Lt. Col. Leo Gray was born in Boston in 1924. A trumpet player and track runner, he joined the Army in 1943. A year later, he flew solo for the first time, a training flight in Tuskegee, Ala.

Gray flew with the 332nd Fighter Group, arguably the most famous of the Tuskegee Airmen. In 1941, for the first time, the United States Army began training black pilots.The Army was still segregated and trained the men in the same location: Tuskegee.

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The End of the Road
12:52 am
Mon November 3, 2014

I, 95: A Man's Findings On A 300-Mile Commute

Arthur Bowditch Fay decided to pay attention to everything he possibly could while on his bi-weekly 300 mile I-95 commute. He compiled the results in a book titled "I, 95."
Credit Graphic assembled by Kenny Malone (I-95 shield comes from "I, 95" book cover, map from Google Maps)

No bicycles allowed. Turn signals, believe it or not, are required before switching lanes. And if your car breaks down, you are supposed to move it, within six hours to be exact.

Those are some laws on Interstate 95. And then there are the laws of I-95:

FIRST     The less time you have to get to a destination, the more likely you will encounter traffic.

SECOND     Important signage will be displayed improminently or out of sight.

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The End of the Road
7:14 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Two Roads, One Billboard And A Miami Legal Battle On The Word “On”

Andy Hancock stands beneath a billboard structure built in 1985; it was one of 10 allowed on Miami highways at the time. The sign is now owned by Clear Channel.
Credit Kenny Malone

About 30 years ago, Hancock Advertising, Inc., was awarded eight of the first 10 permits to put billboards on the City of Miami’s highways. Seven of those billboards went up on Interstate 95. It would take a two-year legal battle over the word “on” to determine whether or not the eighth sign was also on I-95.

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