Kenneth Hemphill

ken was appointed to the Delaware County Planning Commission in 2021.

Ken grew up in Springfield, has lived in Ridley Township and Clifton Heights Borough, and now calls Concord Township home. After a four year stint at Cardinal O’Hara, Ken went on to Ursinus College and earned a degree in history which was followed by a masters degree in English Literature from West Chester University. In 1994, he began teaching English and, later, broadcast journalism and video productions at Upper Darby High School. 

Working now as a video editor, Ken has cut pieces for clients on a wide range of subjects. Ken has also created a body of his own work: writing, editing, and producing dozens of videos and documentaries in several different genres. A short documentary he made in 2014, Blank Spot, was narrated by Peter Coyote of Ken Burns fame. Conservation leaders from across the country agreed to appear in the film which won “Best Documentary Short” at the Oregon Film Awards in 2015. Blank Spot was also featured at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Chester County Historical Society in 2015. 

He enrolled in the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program in 2013 and received his training at the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County and the Stroud Water Research Center. From 2017 to 2020 Ken was communications chair on the board of the Southeast Pennsylvania Sierra Club group. He has since been a regular volunteer for conservancies and environmental advocacy groups working to protect and restore various ecosystems. Of particular interest to Ken is the critical need to protect open space through forward-thinking planning.

Ken is an avid hiker and has explored many of Pennsylvania’s beautiful state parks. You might find him on the white trail at Ridley Creek State Park or hoofing it up the Golden Eagle Trail at Hawk Mountain in Berks County. At one point in the 90s, he decided to ride a bicycle across Pennsylvania from Erie to West Chester, but before he could come to his senses, he was rolling out from Presque Isle State Park to begin an ill advised 500 mile, five day trek across our beautiful but excruciatingly hilly state.

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