About Kevin

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Kevin Flynn campaign.Kevin Flynn is your first-term City Council member for southwest Denver. But he hit the ground running on Day One because of his 27 years as a reporter and editor at the Rocky Mountain News. An award-winning City Hall reporter, Kevin posed the tough questions to every mayoral administration from Bill McNichols to John Hickenlooper. He already had more experience with city issues, and spent more nights in the Council Chamber reporting on those issues to the people of Denver, than nearly every incumbent City Council member.

“I worked with Kevin for many years while I was the director of the City Council,” said John Bennett. “Kevin knew more about city government than the people who were running it; you could see that in his questions and in the often surprised looks on the faces he was interviewing and writing about. That knowledge and his research skills make him an incredibly effective member of City Council.”

In this first term, Kevin has established a record of independence combined with a penchant for questioning and scrutinizing all of the business that comes before the council. He has worked with other members to fashion legislation that protects the taxpayers’ interest while addressing the pressing needs of public safety, attainable housing and improved neighborhood quality of life.

Kevin has upheld Council District 2’s reputation for sending the budget watchdog downtown, and currently chairs the Finance and Governance Committee of the Council. Twice now, he has sponsored amendments to strengthen the city’s Ethics and Financial Disclosure codes to enhance public official accountability.

Kevin moved to southwest Denver 37 years ago from the Philadelphia area, where he was the city editor at a suburban New Jersey daily newspaper. He is a resident of the Marston neighborhood. His three children went to Notre Dame School on South Sheridan Boulevard. He was a choir director at Light of the World Catholic Church for 26 years, and today directs a choir at Mother Cabrini Shrine on Lookout Mountain.

Kevin was inducted into the Denver Press Club’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his career at the Rocky. He is a past president of the Denver Press Club and of the Colorado Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a veteran of analyzing political and current issues on television’s “State of Colorado” on Channel 6 and “Colorado Inside Out” on Channel 12. He also is an author of two true-crime books, including one on the 1984 murder of Denver KOA radio talk show host Alan Berg.

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Kevin and his wife, Harriet Novak, walk the grounds at Fort Logan

When the Rocky Mountain News ceased publication in 2009, Kevin faced the same economic difficulties that so many householders went through in the recession. While conserving his family’s financial resources for what would be an unknown period, he launched a start-up small business. “Kevin Flynn’s Inside Lane” was an online news site devoted to reporting on statewide transportation issues. Fourteen months later, he became public information manager for RTD’s $2.2 billion commuter rail public-private partnership, which built the rail transit lines to Denver International Airport, Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Westminster. He resigned from RTD upon being elected to the City Council.

Kevin is married to Harriet Novak, a former first grade teacher at Notre Dame School. Fluent in Spanish, she retired as a bilingual kindergarten and first grade teacher at Valverde and Barnum elementary schools in Denver and Lumberg Elementary in Edgewater. Between them, they have five children, all out on their own, and five grandchildren.