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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Remembering Andrew
5:12 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Remembering Andrew: Richard McCormick

Richard McCormick holding up an image of the wreckage Andrew left behind.
Luc Cohen

Under the Sun tells the stories of South Florida, and there’s no bigger South Florida story in recent history than Hurricane Andrew. Around 5:05 a.m. on  August 24th, 1992, Andrew made landfall near the Homestead Air Force Base, and  changed lives everywhere.

WLRN-Miami Herald News Reporter, Kenny Malone, spoke to a retired Army Colonel and semi-retired veterinarian, Richard McCormick, about his experience when the Category 5 winds arrived and it was raining cats and dogs.

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Remembering Andrew
5:06 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Remembering Andrew: The Old Radio

The radio Geoffrey Philp inherited from his mother.
Geoffrey Philp

As part of our “Remembering Andrew” series, we’re telling small stories about one of the biggest events in South Florida history.  The series will run every week until August 24th, the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.

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Remembering Andrew
4:59 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Voices of Hurricane Andrew: The Question

In addition to collecting stories for the “Voices of Andrew” archive, University of Miami professor Eugene Provenzo also created a collage of photos of signs painted on houses after Andrew.
Eugene Provenzo/University of Miami

 

We’ve been collecting stories about Hurricane Andrew from people around South Florida for our “Remembering Andrew” series. We’ve also been combing through a lot of archival sound and video, including an archive we found called “Voices of Andrew.”

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Remembering Andrew
11:09 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Jock

Men work on a home damaged by Hurricane Andrew.
Florida State Archives

We’re psyched to be able to share a piece of archival Hurricane Andrew ephemera from a familiar voice for some South Florida radio listeners. Joe Johnson  has been a DJ at Majic 102.7 for the last 25 years. He hosts the nationally syndicated “Beatle Brunch” show.

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State Integrity Investigation
7:46 am
Mon March 19, 2012

State Integrity Investigation Day 1: Florida Politics Gets A 'C-'

Florida Sen. Chris Smith, D-Ft. Lauderdale, debates Senate Bill 146.
Credit Photo courtesy of senatorchrissmith.com

This story originally appeared in The Miami Herald on March 19, 2012.

The first time Florida Sen. Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, ran for office, he was just three years out of law school - a 28-year-old who still believed in the power of his lucky navy blue suit. As Smith puts it, he was a "nobody" from Broward County.

And yet, "these people would just show up" as he campaigned around the district. They were lobbyists. "[They'd] pat me on the back and say, 'Hey, I want to support you, ' and then give me a bunch of checks and say: 'Now remember me.' "

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Arts
7:05 am
Mon February 27, 2012

'Flower Bombing' Is Growing Art

'Flower Bombing' has no blooms.
Kenny Malone

By day, Arlene Delgado is an ad designer who deals with things like web design, branding and logos.

But when the sun goes down, she sometimes turns into somewhat of an ad avenger.

The Miami native says she's been aware of ads around her all her life from the usual suspects - billboards, banners, murals, and bus stops.

But she wanted to turn the tables a bit by with words that aren't so commercial.

She points and then reads out loud one of her creations, inspired by a Tarot card.

'Judge fairly, speak truth and never waiver from your standards.'

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This Miami Life
2:43 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

How Wilton Manors Came Out

Georgie’s Alibi on a Thursday night.
Kenny Malone

It used to be that Key West, Victoria Park and South Beach were the centers of gay life in South Florida.  Over the last decade, this tiny town of about 12,000 people, just outside of Fort Lauderdale – has taken over.  Wilton Manors has more same-sex couples per capita than anyplace but Provincetown, Massachusetts. The latest census numbers got screwed up, but by some estimates, 40% of the population is gay.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:51 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Haiti Reconstruction: Potholes Aplenty For South Florida Developers

While InnoVida has not yet been able to erect the prefabricated homes designed by architect Andres Duany, they have been able to start this small project in Port-au-Prince.
InnoVida, LLC

In March, 150 nations pledged more than $5 billion dollars to rebuild Haiti.  Construction firms around the world, and especially in South Florida, began jockeying for those funds.  Developers and planners from South Florida bid on contracts to build roads, construct housing, and remove debris.  And not just developers and planners.  Even Royal Caribbean, based in Miami, bid on housing contracts.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:07 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Faith In The Aftermath

A man stands and prays outside the collapsed National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, on Sunday Jan. 16, 2010.
Patrick Farrell/The Miami Herald

When Rev. Jean-Mary Reginald learned about the massive earthquake in Haiti, he reflexively walked to his church– Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church in Little Haiti– and opened the doors.  People began to arrive immediately.  The church, he says, “is the living room” of the Haitian-American community in South Florida.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:23 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

Docs In Haiti

Dr. Dave Pitcher

Hundreds of medical professionals rushed to Haiti after the quake, working in miserable conditions to save lives, practicing what some called “Civil War medicine.”  Many still return to lend a hand, among them scores of Haitian-American nurses, doctors, and social workers from South Florida.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:12 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

After The Quake: Patients And Healers

Dr. Richard LaMour, a third-year orthopedic surgery resident.
Dr. Dave Pitcher

This piece reconstructs an inspiring moment amid tragedy and pain, at a makeshift hospital tent in Port-au-Prince. In it, four medical professionals from South Florida recount their experience landing in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, and struggling to meet a desperate need for medical help.

One describes the situation as “a war zone.” Another describes a feeling of worthlessness, given the scale of the catastrophe.

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Under the Sun
2:29 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

From Your Ears To Ours: The Tale Of Lot 180

Lot 180 salt shakers
Kenny Malone

In December, we originally aired “The Tale of Lot 180.” Producer Kenny Malone searched for the story behind  deceased Udavilla Rutherford’s unclaimed collection of salt shakers, held at the Florida Bureau of Unclaimed Property.

We received this comment from Carolyn Lane about  “The Tale of Lot 180:”

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Under the Sun
1:45 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Episode 4: The Tale Of Lot 180

Lot 180 salt shakers
Kenny Malone

A tinker, a tailor, a soldier’s things– his rifle, his boots full of rocks
And this one is for bravery, and this one is for me
And everything’s a dollar in this box.

– Tom Waits

South Florida has long been a retirees’ paradise, and also a final resting place. But when people die, their family doesn’t always show up to gather their belongings.

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Under the Sun
1:42 pm
Wed November 4, 2009

The Last Cougar In Kendall Village

Florida State Archives

A Lion Among Us

WLRN Miami Herald reporter and Under the Sun associate producer Kenny Malone recently interviewed Angel Pardo, the owner of a 16-year-old cougar named Kimba.  She’s one of just a few mountain lions licensed to live in residential areas in South Florida after new restrictions kicked in last August.

Malone’s piece helps us understand what it’s like having one as a pet, and as a neighbor.

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Under the Sun
2:25 pm
Fri February 6, 2009

The Quest Of Queen Brown

Queen Brown often discusses youth violence on her radio show.
Kenny Malone

You may have heard of Queen Brown.  Her son was killed two years ago, and ever since, she’s pushed for an end to youth violence.  In speeches and articles, Queen talks about the wrenching experience of losing her son.  But the fallout of his death still haunts her.  Kenny Malone has her story.

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