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.

Adam J. Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.
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Adam Jackson, co-founder of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, sits in as guest host. Jackson continues a series of conversations about violence and homicide in Baltimore, focusing on solutions as the “Baltimore Ceasefire” approaches, on August 4-6. 

Valerie Castile (Philando's mother) speaking outside the Ramsey County Courthouse in St Paul, MN after a not guilty verdict was reached in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez for the killing of Philando Castile on July 6, 2016.
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First Edition host Sean Yoes and defense attorney and legal analyst J. Wyndal Gordon discuss the acquittal on all charges of the Minnesota police officer accused of killing Philando Castile in 2016, and the inherent and overt bias inherent in the criminal justice system. 

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First Edition host Sean Yoes talks to veteran political commentator and columnist Barry Rascovar about the implications for Democrats and Republicans in Tuesday's House of Representatives election in Georgia to replace Republican Rep. Tom Price. 

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First Edition host Sean Yoes speaks with former federal prosecutor Sheryl Wood, founder of the Wood Law Firm, about the role of former Maryland U.S. Attorney and current deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the FBI’s investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election.

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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. Also, a conversation with Bobby Marvin Holmes, founder of, “Son of a Dream,” a mentoring and youth advocacy group, who wrote a poignant Father’s Day op-ed piece in this week’s AFRO about forgiveness. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network, report on law enforcement and politics, including more reporting on the egregious murder of Charmaine Wilson.