Bill Hangley, Jr. is a native Philadelphian who has worked as a freelance writer for over twenty years. He cut his teeth as a reporter for the English-language Prague Post in what was then Czechoslovakia, and is a regular contributor to WHYY and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook.
Along the way, he has worked as an editorial consultant for a series of Philadelphia nonprofits, writing about welfare reform, faith-based initiatives, homicide prevention and park planning. He staffed the successful effort to merge the Philadelphia Park and Recreation Department with the Fairmount Park Commission, and authored a number of stories about regional economic development for the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.
In his spare time, he screens all reader-submitted jokes for Reader’s Digest, the vast majority of which are not funny at all. He is the author of RD’s “The Dumb Book: Silly Stories, Stupid People and Mega-mistakes that Crack Us Up.” He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, a heavy metal drummer.