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.


Baltimore City
1:02 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Case Against Vacant Slumlord Now In Federal Court

Demolition of a property owned by Scott Wizig in the 1900 block of Boone Street in East Baltimore appears to be threatening the two adjoining houses.
P. Kenneth Burns WYPR

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:22 am

  A Houston man who was ordered to fix up his derelict city properties by a Maryland judge last year has filed for bankruptcy, leaving the future of dozens of blighted properties up in the air.

Six community associations sued Scott Wizig and the nine Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) he controls in April 2013 to force him to clean up 49 properties. Baltimore Circuit Judge Pamela Brown ordered Wizig to make the repairs by the end of October last year. But he requested a reconsideration of that order, then his LLCs filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws the day before the hearing on that request.

That put state court actions on hold temporarily.

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Baltimore City
11:09 am
Thu June 25, 2015

City Meets Goal For Youth Summer Jobs

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announcing that the city met it's goal of finding 8,000 jobs for the Youth Works summer job program.

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 5:12 pm

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday that the city has met it goal of placing 8,000 young people in summer jobs, beating last year's number of 5,000.

The jobs for youths ages 14 through 21 are through the Youth Works summer jobs program from the Mayor's Office of Economic Development.  Rawlings-Blake said the riots that took place after the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in April underscored the importance of making sure that young people are "productively engaged."

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Baltimore City
8:45 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Hopkins Plans More Local Hiring And Contracting

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels addressing a packed sanctuary at BUILD's One Baltimore Assembly at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Sandtown. Daniels said the university is planning to hire more city residents and do more business with local companies under the Hopkins Local initiative.

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 11:24 am

Johns Hopkins University plans to hire more city residents and do more business with local companies.

University President Ronald Daniels announced the beginning of the Hopkins Local Initiative Monday during Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development's One Baltimore Assembly at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Sandtown.

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Baltimore City
1:03 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Mayor Accused Of Prejudice Against Koreans In Liquor Store Fight

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:28 pm

The head of a Korean business association has accused Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of prejudice as she butts heads with Governor Larry Hogan over whether recovery loans should go to certain liquor stores damaged during riots after Freddie Gray’s death in April.

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Baltimore City
1:47 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Sarah’s Hope Receives A Grant To Green Its Corner of Sandtown

The plans for a green construction project outside of Sarah's Hope in Sandtown. The shelter for families received a $75,000 grant from the federal governor towards the cost of building it.

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 11:49 am

A homeless shelter based in Sandtown is getting some help from the federal government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust to make its part of 1100 block North Mount Street a bit greener.

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