Kevin Flynn was sworn in as the City Council member for southwest Denver’s District 2 in July 2015. Traditionally a stable district, only three other people have held this seat since the city council was expanded from nine to 11 districts in 1971.
A resident of the southwest area since 1981, Kevin came to Colorado as a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, and primarily covered the city hall beat from the Bill McNichols administration to John Hickenlooper’s. He covered Denver’s major issues as well as the personal stories of the city’s people and its neighborhoods for the next 27 years. Among the other stories he covered were the Oklahoma City bombing and the murder of Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg.
A native of Easton, Pa., Kevin grew up as one of five sons of an Iwo Jima Marine father and a stay-at-home mom. His dad, still living back east, was a printer who worked his way up from night shift in the pressroom to plant superintendent. Kevin worked jobs through college including night shift in a foundry as a member of the United Steelworkers. While earning a degree in philosophy at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Kevin joined the staff of the college newspaper and was its editor in his senior year. He began his journalism career at a weekly paper in southern New Jersey and then at a suburban daily newspaper outside Philadelphia, where he rose to the job of city editor in charge of the reporting staff. He headed to Denver to be a combatant in one of the nation’s last great newspaper wars. He was the Rocky’s transportation beat reporter when, in 2009 at the depth of the recession, the paper closed.
Kevin started his own small business to continue writing online about transportation issues. In 2010, he joined the Regional Transportation District to manage the public information program for the FasTracks commuter rail project, which includes the East Rail Line to Denver International Airport and the Gold Line through north Denver and on to Arvada and Wheat Ridge.
Working at the newspaper exposed Kevin to all of Denver’s neighborhoods and its people, from which he acquired a deep background in the challenges that this city has faced and handled over the years.
Councilman Flynn is chair of the council’s Finance and Governance Committee and also sits on the Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He is one of the three council representatives on the Boundary Control Commission, which is tasked with working out boundary issues between Denver and neighboring Adams, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties. He also is an alternate board director on the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
Kevin is married to Harriet Novak and between them they have five children, all on their own, and four grandchildren. A choir director since high school, these days he directs one of the volunteer choirs at Mother Cabrini Shrine on Lookout Mountain. He is also an author of two true-crime books, The Silent Brotherhood about the neo-Nazi gang that murdered Berg, and The Unmasking, about a fundamentalist Christian woman who discovered her husband was a serial rapist.
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