Friday, May 29, 2015

Monica Yant Kinney

Monica Yant Kinney joined the Inquirer in 1996 and was named a metro columnist in 2001 at the age of 30. She puts so many miles on her car roaming the region she finally bought a Prius. Monica has covered suburban trends and Philadelphia city government and, for two years, focused exclusively on crime, color and characters of South Jersey. In the early 1990s, she  expensed her cable bill while she was the television critic at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. Monica is a 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., but now lives with her husband (a fellow Notre Dame grad), and their two young children in a very old house in Haddonfield.

Her column appears Sundays and Wednesdays in Local & Region.

Reach her by phone, 215-854-4670. Friend her on Facebook (www.facebook/monicayantkinney) or follow her on Twitter (

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The rabbi is a dog. The first line of my first Inquirer column - a piece that generated 105 e-mails, dozens of phone messages, and a few letters written in cursive on floral stationery.
Where's the Bear? Will she ever prowl again? When I hear those words, I know readers are curious about the alarmingly absurdist saga I chronicled earlier this year, a tale of volunteer firefighters winning a $1 million, federally funded boat they dubbed "the Bear on the Delaware" and hoped to use to fight nonexistent riverfront fires and troll for IEDs.

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