Award-winning journalist John Yearwood is the Former World Editor of the Miami Herald and a Vice Chair of the Vienna-based International Press Institute, the world's oldest press-freedom organization. At the Herald, he directs the paper's national and international coverage. Under his leadership, the World Desk has won numerous awards, including the Arthur Ross Award for best coverage of Latin America. Yearwood’s leadership of the newspaper’s Haiti earthquake coverage contributed to the Herald being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News.
Yearwood is a regular guest on National Public Radio, and local and national television programs, including the Tavis Smiley Show. During the course of his career, he has met with countless world leaders ranging from Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher to President Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah.
Yearwood was named one of the 40 most influential African-Americans under 40 in South Florida and one of the 100 most successful Caribbean-Americans in South Florida. He is a recipient of a Miami-Dade County Pillar Award and the Haitian Women of Miami Leadership Award.
For his work leading the Miami Herald's national/international news coverage, Yearwood and his team have won several national and international awards, including recognition from Columbia University, the Overseas Press Club, the American Academy of Diplomacy and the King of Spain.
Yearwood’s legacy at the Herald includes conceiving and directing the landmark “A Rising Voice” series that reported on the empowerment and civil rights struggle occurring among Afro-Latin Americans.
A gifted public speaker, Yearwood has been sought out by numerous global organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, the Toronto Global Forum, the Atlantic Dialogues, the Palm Beach Strategic Forum, G8 Youth Leaders, the International Press Institute, World Conference of Mayors, the Caribbean Education Forum, Images and Voices of Hope and the Prime Minister Eric Williams Memorial Foundation. Yearwood also has organized and moderated sessions with Heads of State for the Americas Conference, sponsored by the Miami Herald and the World Bank.
Yearwood has been involved with a number of international organizations and causes, including serving as a key organizer of the United Nations Global Youth Leadership Summit series, co-chair of the World Affairs Committee of Unity Journalists (a coalition of minority journalism organizations) and a founder of the Africa Diaspora and Renaissance Network (a coalition of a dozen educational, cultural, journalism and African diaspora organizations). He also co-chaired the South Florida citizens group that helped to save the Haitian modern dance company, Ayikodans, after the earthquake and is a major supporter of the Peter London Global Dance Company.
In addition to serving as a vice chair of the International Press Institute’s executive board, he chairs IPI's North American Committee, one of the most influential among the organization's national committees.
Prior to joining the Miami Herald, Yearwood was National/International Editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas. Before joining the Star-Telegram, he spent two years in Trinidad as founding publisher/editor of IBIS, a general lifestyle magazine. While publisher of IBIS, he was elected president of the San Juan (Trinidad) Business Owners Association.
Before IBIS, he spent 10 years at The Dallas Morning News, where he reported from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Yearwood also was a correspondent for the Associated Press in Connecticut and Oklahoma, a national correspondent for Focus magazine and the News/Public Affairs Director for WHUS Radio in Connecticut.