Hickey is a contributing editor to Columbia Journalism Review. He was editor-at-large of CJR for seven years. He has written hundreds of articles on issues relating to the press, television, cable and telecommunications. He covered the Vietnam War, the first Persian Gulf War, the coming of glasnost, the IRA hunger strikes, and the U.S.-sponsored TV/Radio Marti of Cuba. On the domestic front, Hickey has reported extensively on presidential politics covering several political conventions, including a four part series on the 1968 Democratic convention, and has interviewed presidents Clinton, Ford, Nixon, Carter and Johnson.
For three years, he was the daily television commentator and critic on the John Gambling WOR radio program. A special issue of TV Guide which he produced in August, 1992, on the subject of violence on television has been credited with triggering a national debate on that issue. He is a recipient of the Country Music Association's Journalist of the Year Award for his coverage of that industry, (a special interest of his.) In 1995, he won the Everett C. Parker Award for Lifetime Achievement for his writings on telecommunications.
He has been a member of the Indo-U.S. Subcommission on Culture and Education, an agency of the U.S. State Department and the Indian Government. For three years, he was a member of the board of trustees of Westmar University in Sioux City, Iowa.
Hickey is the author of a number of books, among them" Adam Clayton Powell and the Politics of Race" and "The Gentleman Was a Thief," a biography of Arthur Barry, the legendary 1920's jewel thief. He is a graduate of Loyola (Maryland), and the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.