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.

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Baltimore City
1:12 pm
Thu August 27, 2015

Making Dollars And Sense Out Of City Rec Center Funding

City Council President Jack Young wants to explore the idea of selling the city-owned Hilton Hotel next to the convention center to fund Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's $136 million plan to overhaul rec centers. The mayor is not entertaining the idea.
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Originally published on Thu August 27, 2015 9:03 am

  There are three options to pay for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s $136 million plan to overhaul aging city rec centers. But no matter which one city leaders choose, at least one economist says they should choose wisely.

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Baltimore City
12:08 pm
Fri August 21, 2015

Slumlord and Communities Reach Settlement

Demolition of a property owned by Scott Wizig in the 1900 block of Boone Street in East Baltimore from June 2015.

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 10:41 am

A federal judge has approved a settlement between a Houston man who owns derelict properties in Baltimore and six city community associations in the first case using a state law that allows associations to sue the owners of blighted properties.

Scott Wizig and several limited liability companies that hold titles to more than 50 dilapidated homes throughout the city will be required to rehab the properties that can be saved and demolish the ones that can’t.  

The settlement was approved in federal bankruptcy court Tuesday.

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Baltimore City
11:14 am
Tue August 18, 2015

City Tackle Dirt Bikes Once Again

Police established a traffic calming area at Park Circle in Northwest Baltimore in response to dirt bikes that have frequented the area on Sunday afternoons for years.

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 1:12 pm

Baltimore City leaders have renewed efforts to craft a solution to a long standing problem; dirt bikes on city streets. The moves come after a fracas between dirt bike riders and police last week in Northwest Baltimore.

Police cleared Park Circle after fights reportedly broke out among spectators at what has become a Sunday afternoon spectacle along Reisterstown Road and in other parts of the city.

This week police used squad cars and traffic cones to squeeze traffic on busy Reisterstown Road into two lanes between Druid Park Drive and Anoka Avenue to slow traffic as well as the dirt bikers who usually show up there.

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Baltimore City
11:01 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Holton To Retire In 2016

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 11:51 am

City Councilwoman Helen Holton announced at the end of Monday’s council meeting she will not seek re-election in 2016 because of health reasons.

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Baltimore City
11:20 am
Tue August 11, 2015

Baltimore Officials Disappointed With State After Transportation Meeting

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 8:26 am

Elected leaders from Baltimore city and county left a meeting with state transportation officials Monday disappointed because no one offered an alternative to the Red Line project shelved by Gov. Larry Hogan. But state Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said they shouldn’t have been surprised. He sent them an agenda last week.

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