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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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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10:58 am
Fri February 15, 2013

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The Chapman Archives
6:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Jonestown, Cocaine Cowboys, Mariel Boat Lift: One-Of-A-Kind Photo Collection Needs A Home

Retired Miami Herald photographer Tim Chapman in front of less than half of his massive archive of photos, negatives, slides and newspapers.
Kenny Malone

In a small house in west Miami-Dade, Tim Chapman has nearly filled his guest bedroom with cardboard storage boxes, each one carefully labeled with a year.

“I’ll show you a couple years,” said Chapman, moving pulling a box from a teetering stack. “This is Mariel right here, the first slide.”

Chapman holds up a color slide of an iconic photo he took during the Mariel Boat Lift in 1980.

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Dog Agility Trials
6:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

What We Can Learn From A Ballroom-Dancing Weimaraner And A Poorly Timed Bathroom Break

It takes two to tango, typically one is not a Weimaraner. Carol Clark with six-year-old Boo.
Credit Kenny Malone

Over the weekend,  more than 250 dogs competed in an American Kennel Club event at Miami-Dade County’s Tropical Park. Anyone in attendance learned that canine athletes are capable of feats humans can only dream of doing and would never dream of doing.

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Politics
9:00 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Drinks For All, And For More Hours, In Oakland Park

Credit Creative Commons, Steve Sparshott

Yesterday was a big day for bars and restaurants in Oakland Park. After a unanimous commission vote last week, the city lifted its law prohibiting the sale of alcohol between 7 a.m. and noon on Sunday mornings.

Oakland Park is the latest in a string of cities (including Fort Lauderdale, Margate and Deerfield Beach) to repeal their so called "blue laws.”

Hooligans Rule!

You can make an argument that Oakland Park’s blue law repeal started with a group of English hooligans who wanted to watch their European soccer matches.

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Sawgrass Mills
6:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Sawgrass Mills And The Luggage Phenomenon

Credit Kenny Malone

If you had to distill the Sawgrass Mills phenomenon into one image, it would be this: a lieutenant colonel in the Brazilian army weaving through a river of humanity while tugging around a tiny purple piece of carry-on luggage.

About 13 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, on the edge of the Everglades, is a place widely considered Florida’s second-largest tourist destination. It’s not a theme park. It’s not a beach. It’s not the Everglades. It is, according to the owners, the largest collection of outlet and retail value stores in the country.

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Arts
11:32 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Miami Poet Richard Blanco Puts FIU In The Creative Writing Spotlight

Credit Richard-Blanco.com

Richard Blanco will likely be Florida International University's most talked-about graduate today.

The 44-year-old is the youngest, first openly gay and first Hispanic inaugural poet.

Blanco has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from FIU as well as a Masters of Fine Arts from FIU's creative writing program.

If it seems like Blanco came out of nowhere, author and Virginia Tech professor Ed Falco begs to differ.

"Well FIU, first of all," he said, "has one of the best poetry programs in the country."

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Miamiland
6:39 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Miami-Dade Looks To Build Theme Park In Backyard (Again)

Developer proposals for a theme park around Zoo Miami are due in April. It will likely take until July before proposals are fully reviewed.
Credit Creative Commons, bunnygoth

For the second time in less than five years, Miami-Dade County is looking to take its zoo to the next level - assuming the next level is possibly a Main Street USA theme park.

The Miami Herald reports that the county invited developers to propose plans for the vacant land surrounding Zoo Miami. "Basically," writes the Herald,"an open-ended plea for bright ideas, conceptual schemes and - this is key - private financing," 

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Terrorist Support Trial
7:30 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Jury Selection Is Underway In Miami Imams' Taliban Case

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of two South Florida imams accused of financially supporting the Taliban.
Credit Kittisak / freedigitalphotos.net

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of two South Florida imams accused of financially supporting the Taliban.

Hafiz Khan, 77, and his 26-year-old son, Izhar Khan, are charged with funneling $50,000 to the Taliban in Pakistan.

Both men are U.S. citizens born in Pakistan. Hafiz headed the Flagler Mosque in Miami. His son oversaw the Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen mosque in Margate.

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Jobs
4:26 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Florida Minimum Wage Up On Jan. 1

Credit Tax Credits/Flickr

Tuesday morning, Florida's minimum wage jumps 12 cents, from $7.67 to $7.79. Florida Today  reports that since 2004, the state's minimum wage has been constitutionally linked to increases in the cost of living - one of just 10 states with similar wage mandates. 

The Florida Today story explains that the raise will affect a relatively small number of workers:

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