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Prof. Alan Henney

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Alan Henney
6912 Prince George's Avenue
Takoma Park , Maryland 20912
United States

Company Description: This is Alan Henney's scanner radio web page and includes details on the Capitol Hill Monitors scanner newsletter, the Washington-Baltimore Area Scanner Almanac,...   more

Employment History

  • Freelance Reporter
    Breaking News Network
  • Assignment Desk Editor
    Gannett-owned WUSA-TV

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Volunteer Dispatcher
    Breaking News Network
  • Advisor and Charter Member of the New University Chapter
    Pi Mu Epsilon


  • master's degree , physics
    University of Maryland
  • doctorate work
    University of Maryland
  • master , computer information systems
  • undergraduate degree , journalism
  • Master of Science degree , information systems
  • master's degree , information systems
    George Washington University
  • Master's degree , mathematics
  • Master's Degree , pure mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts , mathematics and physics
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Untitled Document, 2 Dec 2006 [cached]
Saltwater Portrait: Alan Henney: Resort town responder and news hound
At 16, Henney followed the story of the Air Florida plane that careened into a bridge over the icy Potomac. He caught wind of the crash over a police radio.
For this Pines' resident, being a watchdog over local emergency departments is a hobby and a career.
" The excitement with monitoring is that you hear it first. It's like COPS, but it's live," said Henney.
Henney is so in touch with media outlets and its professionals that in 2004, on-air journalist Rita Cosby called him to get the inside scoop about the Beltway sniper attacks, he said.
"We did a good job staying on top of it," said Henney about teaming up with another friend from CNN to follow the string of deadly sniper attacks in the Washington, D. C. area.
Henney, who has been coming to Rehoboth Beach since he was a child, spends time outside of Rehoboth Beach in Takoma Park, Md.
He has been " monitoring" emergency calls, since sixth grade, he said.
When he's in Rehoboth, Henney manages a few in-town family rental units during the day, with a steady ear directed to many radios around the clock.
In fact, sniffing out news stories is his passion.
During the off-season, Henney is a freelance reporter with Breaking News Network, a news agency in Fort Lee, N. J.
"They like freelance people like me because I have insurance and I'm cheap," he said.
A front line news gatherer for BNS for 11 years, Henney left for a brief stint with Channel 9 news in D. C., where he still fills in on the assignment desk.
While summering on the beach though, he recently sat inside a screened-in porch at the Sussex Street home he shares with his mother.
Swiping a lock of brown hair around his ear, Henney changes the dials and reconfigures frequencies on his army of listening devices. He pauses momentarily, hushing those around, to tune in a staticky voice describing a news event.
In front of him are multiple two-way radios and receivers that permit him to stay on top of Sussex County emergencies.
Henney zeroed in on a radio interruption.
After an alert roused his attention, he said, " That's my fire department pager that went off, they have a surf injury."
In southern Delaware, he said, news events are often centered on car crashes, near drownings and parking violations, he said.
Locally, he was offered a spot on WGMD talk radio. Weekly, Henney is author of the Henney Report during the summer.
In the mid-1990s, Henney graduated from George Washington University with special honors to receive a journalism and information systems degree. After interning at WUSA-TV, he continued his education, also at GW, to acquire a Master of Science degree in information systems.
Often the first news person on the scene of a crime or an emergency, Henney can frequently be seen running through School Vue or down the Boardwalk wearing a fishing vest with multiple pockets, complete with a camera slung around his neck.
" I love spot news, but I think of the hazards and it's volatile," said Henney. As for writing for a newspaper, he said, " Sometimes you make assumptions which can be incorrect."
For that reason, Henney alerts many news media of the event itself and lets others do the reporting. The drawback of monitoring spot news, he said, is that the observer cannot develop the story.
" With us, it's almost like a wireservice," he said.
Regarding which was his biggest local story, Henney said, " That's always a tough one.
Over Labor Day weekend, they had five cars towed," said Henney, who listens in on two-way conversations.
"They go back-and-forth over the radio - such banter," he said.
"I've been real big about listening to parking spaces through the summer," he said. On Stockley Street, said Henney, there were nine different incidents.
While he certainly has an opinion about Rehoboth's density issue, covering local legislation is not at the top of his list.
Regarding local politics such a the recently passed FAR ordinance, Henney, whose family owns a couple of old-style beach cottages in town, said, "They're saying we can't build McMansions, but the people with the deep pockets can afford them, and those with beach cottages don't have that option now."
For Henney excitement lies not so much in political conflict but rather in an issue's immediacy.
"You have a short window to get a photo of a drowning. But the FAR issue, for instance, goes on for months," said Henney.
He also has an aversion to press releases and canned news, he said.
"One thing that really concerns me are press releases. I think they're unhealthy," he said. "The seagulls are sitting there squawking and the public relations people come out and throw them some press releases. The seagulls fight over the press releases. But, you have a few diligent birds, like the crows, that are digging through the cans and come across boxes of fries that are uneaten."
"News organizations are sitting around waiting around for handouts, like Thrasher's french fries, but digging in the can is harder," said Henney.
Time_Magazine, 27 Jan 1997 [cached]
Alan Henney likes to listen. "I primarily listen to police, fire, the Federal Government and some business users," says the 29-year-old graduate student, who lives with his parents in suburban Maryland. "The Park Police, the Secret Service, Smithsonian security, the Federal Protective Service, the U.S. marshals, the Drug Enforcement Administration. He pauses. "The shops at Union Station, campus security, building security officers, the security guards at Fort Lincoln Cemetery..."
Cemetery? Oh, yes. "It's kind of a rough neighborhood," Henney elaborates.
Henney is a volunteer dispatcher for the Breaking News Network, a paging service that alerts local TV producers, free-lance photographers and insurance-claims adjusters to fires, accidents and shootings.
Alan Henney is an assignment ... [cached]
Alan Henney is an assignment desk editor at Gannett-owned WUSA-TV in Washington. He quit this week-mad as hell, the whole bit. In his farewell email, he blamed too much blogging, not enough news-ing: Subject: Goodbye from Alan This message will come as a surprise.
Dagmar Renate Henney, 2 Dec 2006 [cached]
Alan Henney would move on to become a physicist at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory when Henney and he moved on to the University of Maryland. It was there that he worked on his Master's degree in mathematics. Henney graduated within three years with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and physics and a Master's Degree in pure mathematics. Henney also received a minor in chemistry.
When asked about things she remembered most about the University of Miami, it seemed always to revolve around academics. This is very different than the usual student in Miami whose response would be something about the beach. Henney considered her time at UM the best years of her life because of excellent and considerate professors.
Henney remarked that she took all of his courses including Middle, Old English, and Chaucer linguistics. She did say things did get tough when she was taking twelve credits including nine math courses and was a math assistant in the same year.
Henney followed her husband to Maryland after graduating from the University of Miami. Once she moved with her husband to Takoma, Maryland she quickly became an American citizen and then began her work on what would become her doctoral thesis on additive set-values and Banach spears. At the University of Maryland she taught eighteen credits, and took graduate courses at the same time costing her $3600 a year. Henney emphatically noted that she did not mind the $3600 a year price for classes at the university at the time. Henney remarked that while at Maryland she made many close friends who would help her in future.
Henney was also in charge of all off-campus courses taught by the University of Maryland. This involved working with many foreign students from different European countries. Her duties included hiring and supervising all off campus professors and TA's. She said that it was a great deal of work going along with her own teaching and class work, but in the end it was rewarding.
During the time Henney was working on her doctorate. "I went through three advisors before I was through," she commented. Henney later explained that her topic was so specialized that it was difficult for her to find anyone in the Math Department who knew enough about the subject to supervise her dissertation. Henney finally finished up with a professor at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Because of this lack of knowledge, there was still some doubt about the validity of her work. She had to defend her paper in front of thirty math professors who drilled her on her paper.
After all of this Henney was still not given her diploma when the rest of the class graduated during commencement. The reason for this was she had forgotten to pay the price for the diploma. ""I forgot to pay my diploma fee", she explained. "I'll be there all right but I have to be last in line and they'll give me a blank she of paper."" (Post, Barnes). Henney would receive the diploma a few weeks later, but that did not matter after going through six years of school to get to that point. When Henney was asked in a old yearbook of the University of Maryland's about what she said about students, she called the students at the University very gratifying. ""The students here are very eager to learn,"" (Biller, 5).
After completing her doctorate Henney moved on to teach at George Washington University. In her time at GWU she taught calculus, finite mathematics, and measure and integration. Henney was an advisor and charter member of the new university chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, a national honorary mathematics fraternity. Henney was also a founding member of Sigma XI, and a member Phi Beta Kappa, and other scholarship groups. Henney mentioned that thanks to many GWU assistants she was invited to various math societies all over the world. One was even held in Oberwolfach, Germany within a castle and sponsored by the University of Freiburg.
When asked about the Math Department of GWU, while she was teaching there, she responded that, "They were pleasant and helpful. Good attitude of students and faculty in general. Later when questioned about the school in general Henney seemed very positive. "I miss the university and its students almost daily," she said. She then went on to say, "I enjoyed my time at GWU so much that it is difficult to think of anything negative. Henney taught at a time when female leave for babies was not a norm and that was the one problem she had with the university. "I could never figure out why I was granted no annual leave when I had a baby but paid leave when I had a gallbladder operation."
She still to this very day misses the students and has many friends at the university. "I am still in touch which numbers of previous students," she commented. After teaching at George Washington University, she was considered for the position of President at University of Iowa and the grad school of the New York University. If she could be president of George Washington University, she would have make sure the excellent courses that are taught at the university should be accessible to all, meaning that the classes should be on the Internet. Henney also agrees with the current school administration and hopes that the university expands as much as possible.
Henney, while teaching at GWU, also had many accomplishments outside of teaching she published research papers, books, and won many awards. Henney published eight research papers in journals in Europe, Asia and the United States. She published many books as well. One of these research papers was called Properties of Set Valued Additive Functions. "The object of this paper is to examine certain of set-valued additive functions which are defined on the positive cone in Euclidean space Em" ( MathematicalMonthly, 384). Henney credits the German, Scandinavian, and Portuguese with giving her a start for certain theoretical problems, which were later continued on in U.S. journals.
Henney is also famous when it comes to books, having published a best seller in Unsolved Questions in Mathematics. Another one of her famous books that was partly republished in the GWU Magazine in the spring of 1966 was Bourbaki . Bourbaki is based around a dead French general who gives a lecture at Ecole Superieure in Nancy, France. It actually was not the General at all but an actor instead. The major Bourbaki publication, The Elements of Mathematics , appeared at the same time. The first part of this book includes topology, topological vector spaces, integration, set theory, functions of a real variable, and modern algebra. The point of the book was the regret that many mathematicians were having because of the shadow of falsity that was cast on their work.
Henney was not only famous for her writing, but also for her awards. Henney was considered a finalist on becoming a Congressional Scientist Fellow in Washington Program. The John Hopkins University at the Conference of Conjugate Duality also honored Henney.
WEEKEND #16, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
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