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.

"Mr. Trash Wheel," which is used to clean Baltimore's inner harbor.
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Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead sits in for First Edition host Sean Yoes. Dr. Whitehead discusses national politics, focusing on the chaotic Trump White House. Then, Dr. Whitehead speaks with John Kellett, who created the trash water wheel that is cleaning Baltimore's harbor. 

Sean Yoes in the studio with Stephen Janis, of the Real News Network.
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First Edition host Sean Yoes continues the discussion about the battle for meaningful reform to the cash bail system in Maryland, with University of Maryland law professor Doug Colbert and bail reform advocate Caryn York. 

First Edition host Sean Yoes continue to cover the HBCU crisis in Maryland. Yoes gets a full report of the rally in Annapolis with Faraji Muhammad, host of WEAA’s, “Listen Up!” 

Maryland State House in Annapolis.
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There is a rally on behalf of Maryland’s HBCU’s planned for Tuesday in Annapolis. First Edition host Sean Yoes talks to two of the rally organizers, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham and youth leader Dujuan Patterson. 

First Edition host Sean Yoes revisits the tragic death of Kalief Browder, who spent more than 1,100 days at the infamous Rikers Island in New York for allegedly stealing a backpack. Browder was incarcerated for that length of time because he was too poor to make bail. Yoes examines Browder’s case with Brittany Oliver, police accountability coordinator for the ACLU of Maryland. Then, Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle gives an update on the battle for bail reform in Maryland.