John Yearwood

Johanna Lawshea

Award-winning journalist John Yearwood is 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.