Victor Fiorillo

Senior Reporter at Philadelphia Magazine

terry gross
City Life

Fresh Air Host Terry Gross on Her Hardest Interviews and Her Secret Twitter Account

Catching up with the NPR icon as she celebrates 45 years on Philly public radio.

mayor kenney talking about the philadelphia trash collection problem during the COVID pandemic
City Life

Mayor Kenney Claims 200 Sanitation Workers Are Out Sick Daily. Union Head Calls B.S.

“We have employees who are working 30 plus days straight, 12 hours a day,” says the head of the sanitation union, who insists that the mayor’s number is inflated. “I’m amazed no one including the mayor speaks about that.”

a server wearing a mask and face shield, as all servers are required to do when indoor dining returns to Philadelphia restaurants
City Life

Face Shields, Sneeze Guards and a Ban on Groups: Indoor Dining Returns to Philly On September 8th

“I beg you to follow the rules,” Mayor Jim Kenney pleaded with restaurants and customers on Thursday.

an illustration depicting ben franklin high school's name being changed to malcolm x high school
City Life

Parents, Teachers and Activists Want to Rename These Philly Schools

Should Benjamin Franklin High School become Malcolm X High School? And what do we do with the Andrew Jackson School?

a man lifts the rear end of a car outside of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey
City Life

Judge Fines Idiotic South Jersey Gym More Than $130,000 for Refusing to Observe COVID Shutdown

But, hey, the gym’s legal defense GoFundMe is about to hit $300,000. So there’s that.

eva longoria speaks to swarthmore restaurant owner scott richardson during DNC day one
City Life

Meet the Philly-Area Restaurant Owner Who Spoke at DNC Day One

“I’ve never been so nervous in my life,” says Swarthmore restaurateur Scott Richardson, who regrets voting for Trump in 2016. “I didn’t do as badly as I thought I did.”

a photo of raina stewart and the vesper swim club, which she is suing for racial discrimination
City Life

Woman Claims Members-Only Pool in NoLibs Discriminates Against Black Applicants

Mount Airy resident Raina Stewart has filed a federal lawsuit against Philadelphia’s only 21-and-over swimming pool.

City Life

Is It Just Me, or Do the Philly Feds Really Hate Larry Krasner?

Our U.S. Attorney took Krasner to task (again) for the way he’s handled serious crimes in the city. Plus: The mail-in ballot plot thickens, and beware the “courtesy tow.”

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Judge Throws Out Karen Hepp’s $10 Million Lawsuit Against Facebook, Reddit and Others

The Fox 29 anchor had sued the Internet giants after a photo of her was used online without her permission.

the headquarters of the philadelphia tribune, whose employees are not allowed to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic
City Life

This Philadelphia Newspaper Is Forcing Its Employees to Work from the Office During COVID-19

While most journalists are able to work remotely these days, such is not the case at the 136-year-old Philadelphia Tribune.

snoop dogg, who says he's investing in Atlantic City
City Life

Snoop Dogg Says He’s Investing in Atlantic City

If you think our city by the sea is dead, think again. There’s plenty of cool stuff happening there.

christine alonso of the interboro school district board at a black lives matter protest in ridley
City Life

Ugly New Video Emerges of Interboro School Board Official Christine Alonso at BLM Protest

Her claim that she’s never used racist language doesn’t exactly hold up.

Philadelphia police officers not wearing masks during the Philadelphia coronavirus crisis
City Life

It’s August, and Many Philly Cops Still Aren’t Wearing Masks

“There’s a pandemic, dude,” said a masked protester to an unmasked cop on Sunday. “If there’s a pandemic, then you should be at home,” he replied.

mayor kenney grew increasingly frustrated as reporters asked him about philly trash pickup, gun violence and other issues
City Life

Mayor Kenney’s Thursday Zoom Press Conference Didn’t Go So Well

The mayor grew visibly agitated as reporters had the nerve to ask him about gun violence, COVID-related SEPTA problems and, yes, Philadelphia trash pickup.

mayor kenney talking philadelphia trash during a press conference this week
City Life

Mayor Kenney to Philadelphia: Knock It Off With Your DIY Home Reno Projects

Plus: Interboro schools official refuses to resign in wake of petition bearing more than 8,000 signatures against her. And Wawa debuts very Happy Meals-like kids meals.