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Kenny Cooper is WHYY’s suburban reporter covering Montgomery and Delaware counties. He joined WHYY in November 2020. As a native of Montgomery County, Pa, Kenny graduated in 2020 from Temple University with a BA in journalism and political science.

Prior to WHYY, he covered Pennsylvania state politics through an Election SOS fellowship at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In early 2020, Kenny was selected to be a participant in the POLITICO Journalism Institute. He has interned at numerous news outlets including CNN, NBC News & MSNBC, NBC Sports Philadelphia, and Fox 29.

Latest by Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Pa. grants Chester receiver permission to file for bankruptcy on behalf of city

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has officially granted the state-appointed receiver for Chester permission to file for bankruptcy on behalf of the city.

By Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties approve the creation of the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority

Berks, Chester and Montgomery counites. with the help of Amtrak, hope to restore passenger train service connecting Reading, Phoenixville, Pottstown, and Philadelphia.

By Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Anti-LGBTQ flyers target West Chester Area School District’s book collection

Weeks after the West Chester Area School District’s board voted to keep “Gender Queer: A Memoir” in high school libraries, an anonymous flyer campaign is now targeting the rest of the district’s book collection that features LGBTQ themes.

By Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Crozer Health quietly threatening to shut off paramedic services for municipalities — unless they pay up

Crozer Health, the four-hospital system in Delaware County, has been quietly reaching out to municipalities, threatening to shut off emergency medical services unless they pay up.

By Kenny Cooper/WHYY

‘Agriculture is the culture’: FarmerJawn wants to reinvent agriculture education

The FarmerJawn & Friends Foundation Fund is looking to serve as an educational platform with a focus on school programming and workforce development.

By Kenny Cooper/WHYY

West Chester University police officers trained with a controversial group on social media surveillance

West Chester University’s small police force last October hosted a training on social media surveillance that showcased techniques like creating fake accounts with the potential to catfish students and others.

By Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Chester County judge tosses 5 members of West Chester school board over masks

A monthslong dispute over masks in a Chester County school district culminated Tuesday in a judge ordering all five Democrats on the school board to be immediately removed from office.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY and Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Why a request for West Chester district data on LGBTQ students spurs privacy worry

People in the West Chester Area School District are worried about students’ privacy after one person’s request for information on LGBTQ children in the West Chester Area School District.

By Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Chester receiver takes city officials to court for interfering with financial recovery efforts

The city of Chester is on the verge of bankruptcy the state-appointed receiver entrusted to save the cash-strapped city from collapse has said the mayor and council has interfered with his efforts.

By Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Chester County Hospital looks to further expand ER capacity, citing 9-hour wait times

This week, the West Goshen Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of an urgent request from Chester County Hospital for a waiver of land development to construct a new modular building that will add to its emergency department capacity.

By Kenny Cooper/WHYY