Sean Yoes

Host, First Edition

Multi-award-winning journalist Sean Yoes is host of First Edition, a current affairs news magazine, which airs Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m. on WEAA. He has worked for 25 years in newspapers, radio, television, and film. The Baltimore native began his career as an education reporter for the Baltimore AFRO American Newspaper in 1989.

Sean has been honored for his work by the National Newspaper Publishers Association; the Association of Black Media Workers; The Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association; Baltimore City Paper, and Baltimore Magazine.

In 2004, Sean won multiple awards for his series, The Road to Brown, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954. He collaborated with University of Maryland Law Professor Larry S. Gibson on the Brown series. Sean also is listed in the acknowledgements as a contributor to Gibson’s definitive biography, Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice, published by Prometheus Books in 2012.

In addition to his career in journalism, Sean spends time honing his DJ skills, primarily spinning his favorite genre, house music.

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First Edition host Sean Yoes reviews some of the top news stories of the week directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Then The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis, report on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on the issuing of the first license to grow medical marijuana in the state, despite none of the companies in line for the potentially multi-billion dollar industry are owned by people of color.

James Comey Director Federal Bureau of Investigation discusses the impact of technology on the work of law enforcement, 2014.
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More Trump detractors are talking about impeachment, with the alleged memo of former FBI director James Comey stating that Donald Trump directed him to shut down the investigation into Trump’s former NSA Gen. Michael Flynn. First Edition host Sean Yoes discusses presidential politics with Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, associate professor of American Studies at UMBC. 

Is the U.S. intelligence apparatus growing more in peril each day of the Trump administration? First Edition host Sean Yoes asks Dr. Tyrone Powers, director of the Homeland Security Criminal Justice Institute of Anne Arundel Community College. 

East Facade of the Supreme Court.
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A major victory for voting rights and civil rights advocates was delivered on Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a federal Appeals Court ruling which struck key components of a restrictive NC voting law. Supreme Court scholar Ken Jost, of the “Jost On Justice” blog, dissects the Court’s decision on the NC law and the broader implications.

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First Edition host Sean Yoes reviews some of the top news stories of the week directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. 

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