Philadelphia Daily News

Inside a world of danger: Life as a transgender sex worker

Following the brutal murder of a transgender sex worker in Philly’s Hunting Park section, Vinny delved into the community surrounding her. His dogged reporting efforts uncovered a rare look into a community that often goes unnoticed by the city’s media.

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A dead system?

After Vinny help break the news of a North Philly funeral home that was improperly storing corpses in a garage, he uncovered some surprising gaps in how Pennsylvania inspects and oversees its funeral home system in this investigative report.

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The murder of Sgt. Robert Wilson III

On a snowy day in March, Vinny raced to a crime scene in North Philly to report on a senseless tragedy: The brutal murder of a Philadelphia Police officer. In the days that followed, Vinny used the deep well of sources he had cultivated as a crime reporter to paint a full, vivid picture of Sgt. Wilson’s life through the eyes of the people who knew him best.

‘One of the best’ is slain while stopping a robbery (3/6/15)

Slain cop hailed a ‘hero’ as alleged killers scrutinized (3/9/15)

Slain officer’s son spends birthday with his new ‘family’  (3/10/15)

Slain cop’s family prepares to say final farewell (3/16/15)

The Swiss Cheese Pervert:

Chris Pagano, a Montgomery County man, gained notoriety in the Philly area for soliciting women with his odd fetish. Vinny contributed to the initial press buzz about him, and covered his arrest.

‘Swiss Cheese Pervert’ terrorizes Mayfair (1/11/13, Cover Story)

Alleged ‘Swiss Cheese Pervert’ nabbed by police (1/18/13, Cover Story)

Nadia Malik:

The 22-year-old woman from Broomall, Delaware County, was found dead in a car parked near 30th Street Station. Vinny covered the initial discovery of her body, and then dug into police records, and spoke to her family, in order to gain more insight into her death.

Mystery surrounds death of young mother (2/21/14, Cover Story)

Brother of woman found dead speaks out (3/7/14)

A year later, death of Nadia Malik still a mystery (2/20/15)


Other Daily News clips:

‘Burqa Bandit’ is latest among small set of female bank robbers  (7/23/15) An odd breaking-news story inspired Vinny to dig into the history of female bank-robbers, a relatively new trend in the world of violent crime.

Lawncrest residents pin hope on 100th July Fourth parade (7/3/15) After months of playing host to violent crime, a once-bucolic area in Northeast Philly hoped to rekindle its residents’ spirits with the platinum anniversary of a neighborhood tradition.

Shock of freedom: Life after prison  (3/26/15) Three men who were freed after serving more decades in prison provide an personal, raw inside look into what it’s like to return to the outside world.

Birdie Africa’s dad opens up about his death at sea (6/27/14) The father of one of the survivors of the infamous MOVE bombing provides exclusive detail about his son’s tragic and mysterious death on a Carnival cruise ship.

Rattled by recent violence, Northeast Philly longimers ready to fight (3/4/14) An in-depth look at how a once-calm, blue collar neighborhood became tainted by drugs and violence.

Shooting victim’s mother forgives teen charged with murder (2/11/14) A mother mourns her son, accidentally killed by his best friend, a teen racked with guilt.

Kensington man has history of playing cop (1/24/14) The bizarre case of a man who has impersonated law-enforcement officials, sometimes violently.

Temple gals hook up with older, richer guys via (2/12/12)

The Pocono Record

Vinny has received numerous awards for his investigative work at the Record, including accolades from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors, and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

Bad teachers, and what we’re doing about them (12/8/13, Investigative report)

Is your nursing home safe? State inspection reports tell too much, and not enough (2/3/13, Investigative report)

For Pocono government workers, it’s still a man’s world. ( 5/20/12, Investigative report)

Noise as much as a hazard as Pocono Raceway’s hairpin turns (8/8/11)

Busted bridges in the Poconos: How bad are the ones you use? (7/31/11, Investigative report,)

Region’s Business

Governor on PA Transportation: Costliest Move is Doing Nothing (2/14/13)

Gov. Corbett discusses updated transportation plan (1/24/13)

Early portions of Dodd-Frank Act take toll on community banks (9/13/12) Sports blog posts

Big 5 mascot for a day: What it takes to be the La Salle Explorer (SportsWeek column, 11/1/12)

For once, it’s good that Phelps sank (10/8/12)

Two missed field goals? I like those odds  (10/3/12)

Can you wear the stripes?  (10/1/12)

Five Questions with the Phillies’ Tyler Cloyd (SportsWeek column, 9/30/12)

Are the Eagles making too much green? (9/17/12)

2012 Philadelphia Red Bull Flugtag Coverage

Video: Flugtag Flies through Philly (9/15/12)

New Kids on the Dock soar to victory (9/15/12)

‘Phanatic’ Flugtag team flies again (9/14/12)

The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel features

Don’t let rising gas prices keep you home (5/1/11)

Night skiing: Save money and avoid crowds (2/20/11)

Times News (Lehighton, Pa.)

KOZ benefits end for some (1/11/11)

Going home? Jim Thorpe’s son files lawsuit to return father’s remains (6/25/10)

Additional clips are available, upon request.