P. Kenneth Burns

Kenneth Burns is a reporter for WYPR covering Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Prior to joining WYPR, Kenneth worked at WBAL and WNAV in Annapolis.

The Prince George’s County native has been a journalist since high school.  He was a teen editor with Children’s Express, later becoming news editor with Young D.C., a newspaper written by high school students.  He started his professional career during his first year in college at WTOP in Washington, D.C.  Other career stops include a stint with Radio America and Salem Communications as a producer.  He also was a news contributor to WGMD in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Kenneth also writes about Maryland Politics at mdpoliticsblog.com.

Kenneth, who lives in Baltimore, is a graduate of Anne Arundel Community College and has attended Towson University. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Online News Association.

The Court of Special Appeals – Maryland’s second highest court – halted Monday morning the trial of police Officer Caesar Goodson; the second of six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray.  Circuit Judge Barry Williams announced the order in court before jury selection was to begin in Goodson’s trial. 

The trial of police Officer Caesar Goodson begins Monday with a cloud of uncertainty around the prosecution’s star witness – fellow police Officer William Porter.

The Court of Special Appeals, Maryland’s second highest court, blocked Friday an order from Judge Barry Williams forcing Porter to testify in the upcoming trial to allow time for an appeal of the order to play out.

City Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Nick Mosby released Tuesday his 15-point plan to improve the quality of life for Baltimore City residents and expand economic and educational opportunities.

Mosby chose a spot on the west side of downtown at Howard and Franklin streets; next to the light rail tracks. He described the area of vacant buildings, including one with a caved in roof, as a microcosm of Baltimore.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she supports the claim of a coalition of civil rights groups that Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to cancel the Red Line transit project discriminates against African Americans.

The trial of Officer William Porter ended in a hung jury Wednesday and not long afterward protesters took to the streets.

The jury started Monday deciding the fate of police Officer William Porter for his alleged role in the April death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.  Gray died from a broken neck he suffered while in the back of a police wagon.

While prosecutors have been putting police Officer William Porter on trial for the April death of Freddie Gray, defense attorneys have been prosecuting the operations of the Baltimore Police Department.

Closing arguments are set for Monday in Porter’s Trial.  He is facing several charges including involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office for Gray’s death from a broken neck he suffered while in police custody.

A former Baltimore cop, now a Virginia police chief, said Thursday police Officer William Porter did everything he could to help 25-year-old Freddie Gray; continuing the defense argument that Porter does not bear responsibility for Gray’s April death from a broken neck.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday that a report from a police think tank confirmed many of the same concerns the department had after unrest last April in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

The report prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum, PERF, said the department was hampered by poor planning and poor communication.

There was another debate about police body cameras Friday. But this wasn’t one of those town hall style debates. It was at Towson University, part of a two-month, eight university tour by iDebate Rwanda in an effort to tell the story of how that country has evolved since the genocides 20 years ago.

And unlike recent televised debates with presidential candidates, no one raised questions about anyone’s credit card use, or accused someone of being “low energy.”  This debate was more constructive.