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
10:54 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Mayor Honors Students For Believing In Baltimore In Song

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake presenting resolutions to four soloists on a song they co-wrote with other students in the Living Classrooms' Believe in Music program.

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:12 am

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake honored Wednesday students who wrote a song promoting the positive things about a city that has been reeling from the fall out of the death of Freddie Gray from an injury while in police custody in April.

The result was “Believe in Baltimore” composed by students in the Living Classrooms’ Believe in Music program.

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Baltimore City
10:42 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Reservoir Hill Celebrates Beginning To The End Of Blight

City officials holding a news conference to celebrate the beginning of rehabilitating nine vacants in the 2200 block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill.
P. Kenneth Burns WYPR

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:32 pm

After months of preparations and years of planning, work is underway to rebuild the last nine vacant homes in the 2200-block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill. It is one of the last two blocks in the heart of the West Baltimore neighborhood that has not seen revitalization until now.

Work on the houses began in June, but officials celebrated the construction Tuesday. 

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Baltimore City
1:04 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Mayor Unveils Rec Center Plan

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake discussing her plan to spend more than $136 million on upgrading the city's recreation centers. She had some help with posters of four recreations that have been renovated or is in the process of renovating.

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 5:12 pm

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced a plan to upgrade the city’s aging recreation centers and pools Tuesday, funded in part by the sale of some city-owned parking garages.

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Baltimore City
2:51 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Heroin Task Force Recommends 24/7, On Demand Treatment

The billboard advertising dontdie.org is part of a public awareness campaign recommended by a mayoral task force report on Baltimore's heroin task force.

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 12:43 pm

A mayoral task force looking into Baltimore's heroin crisis says addicts should have an easier time getting treatment. The recommendation, in a report released Monday, was one of several ideas to stem the tide of heroin use and overdose deaths in the city.

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Baltimore
11:42 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Mayor Fires Batts, Appoints Interim Top Cop

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Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 9:06 am

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired Wednesday afternoon by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The move came hours after a scathing report by the city’s police union criticized Batts’ handling of riots in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in April, though Rawlings-Blake insisted the firing had nothing to do with the unrest.

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