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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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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Dispatches From The Swing State
11:18 am
Tue October 9, 2012

DISPATCH: The Forgotten Gladesman

David Shealy makes a lot of his money off Florida’s version of Bigfoot. He sells T-shirts, bumper stickers and hot sauce out of the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters off the Tamiami Trail in Ochopee, Florida.

Dispatches From The Swing State
2:41 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

DISPATCH: Cuban-American Artist In Miami

Known just by his first name, Antuan, the 40-year-old artist is a sculptor provocateur whose work is at times absurd (brains, pills and ashtrays) and more often profound (Holocaust memorial pieces). Antuan says that growing up in Cuba gave him political "trauma." He loves the freedom of democracy, but doesn't trust government.

Dispatches From The Swing State
2:35 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

DISPATCH: Sleepless In Miami

Dispatches From the Swing State
3:12 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

DISPATCH: One Sister, Two Sister, Red Sister, Blue Sister

Twin sisters Carrie Guise of Tampa, Fla., and Mindy Magrath of Raleigh, N.C., came to Key West to celebrate their birthday, not talk politics. But when #FLDispatches discovered the sisters had parted political paths, an impromptu debate was too good to pass up. Sisterly banter ensued and political persuasions were reassessed.

Dispatches From the Swing State
12:51 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

What Health Insurance Means To The Fire-Juggling Voter

Dispatches From the Swing State
11:48 am
Fri October 5, 2012

DISPATCH: The Religious Non-Voter

Dispatches From the Swing State
10:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

How To Drink To A Presidential Debate

Key West's "Smallest Bar" is 72-square-feet of cash-only drinks and customer abuse
Patrick Farrell Miami Herald

Key West's "Smallest Bar" is 72-square-feet of cash-only drinks and customer abuse. "No, I'm not from here," says bartender Dean Humfleet, "I have all my teeth."

Magic City
8:13 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Starz TV Show To Miami: Show Us Your (Real) Boobs!

Steven Strait and Elena Satine in "Magic City."
Photo by Greg Williams/Starz

A version of this story first ran in The Miami Herald on April 28, 2012.

When Starz network’s Magic City came to town last year to shoot their 1959 Miami Beach drama, producers were obsessive.

“God is in the details,” said Magic City’s executive producer, writer and Miami Beach native Mitch Glazer. “We were rigorous about everything across the board from music to architecture down to that.”

That meaning breast augmentation.

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Beer and Baseball
8:10 am
Wed October 3, 2012

$8 Beers Put Marlins Park In The Middle Of The Ballpark Pack

Miami Marlins play while crowd quaffs beer

Ordering beer at a baseball game is as American as apple pie. So is forking over a small fortune for beer at a baseball game. Eight dollars for a Bud Light draft at Miami Marlins Park.

“It’s kind of weird,” says Shane Marinelli on his first visit to the new stadium. “I’m used to, like, $3 pitcher nights and like dollar beers and stuff. But I have no choice, you know, this is — this is expensive.”

Marinelli, a student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, works part time at a sporting goods store. An $8 dollar beer soaks up a nice sized swig of his paycheck.

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