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  • Conceiving and managing the landmark series, A Rising Voice: Afro-Latin Americans
  • Initiating a Herald scholarship program for minority high school journalists
  • Negotiating the high-profile release of a Herald journalist detained in Venezuela


Under his leadership, the World Desk won numerous awards, including two McClatchy Company President's Awards and the Arthur Ross Award for best coverage of Latin America. Yearwood’s coordination of the Herald’s Haiti earthquake coverage contributed to the newspaper being named a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. 

Yearwood is a regular guest on national and international radio and television news programs, including National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, BBC and China Central Television.

​A highly gifted public speaker, Yearwood has been sought out by many organizations to analyze global trends or moderate major discussions. Among them: the United Nations, Toronto Global Forum, Atlantic Dialogues, the Palm Beach Strategic Forum, American Jewish Committee, Africa Export-Import Bank, U.N. Alliance of Civilizations and G-8 Youth Leaders.

In his role as executive board chairman of IPI, the oldest press freedom organization in the world, he helps to shape and guide its strategy and vision. He is the first African-American to chair the board.

Yearwood has held leadership roles with a number of international organizations and causes, including representing the National Association of Black Journalists on the organizing committee of the United Nations Global Youth Leadership Summit series, helping found and serve as co-chair of the World Affairs Committee of Unity Journalists and as a founder of the Africa Diaspora and Renaissance Network.


Yearwood has served on the Inter American Press Association’s Impunity Committee and helped lead an effort among U.S. media companies that raised more than $60,000 for Haitian journalists after the earthquake. He also organized a Miami campaign that revived the Haitian modern dance company, Ayikodans, after the quake.

Before joining the Miami Herald in 2003, Yearwood was National/International Editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, founding publisher/editor of Ibis, a Caribbean lifestyle magazine, and a senior staff writer at the Dallas Morning News.

Yearwood’s honors include being named one of the 100 most successful Caribbean-Americans in South Florida and is a recipient of the Haitian Women's Leadership Award and the COSMOS 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.


An award-winning multimedia journalist, John Yearwood is President and CEO of Yearwood Media Group, a global consulting and conference moderating firm.

He also serves as executive board chairman of the Vienna, Austria-based International Press Institute and is former World Editor of the Miami Herald. As World Editor, his accomplishments include:

  • Launching and hosting World Desk, among the first digital news shows on
  • Using Google hangout and other tools to broadcast analysis of the 2012  presidential debates
  • Directing in-depth coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and its aftermath
  • Leading award-winning coverage of Venezuela’s economic and political collapse

John Yearwood

Award-winning Journalist Trusted and Respected Around the World