Rawlings-Blake Bars Public Radio Reporter From Weekly Press Meeting

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Via PBS NewsHour
Via PBS NewsHour

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the metro reporter for NPR’s local affiliate can no longer attend the City Hall meetings she holds each Wednesday with the press. It was not a popular decision with WYPR or other reporters.

According to the Baltimore Sun, reporter P. Kenneth Burns was barred from the weekly meetings after an exchange at last week’s meeting about the police department. In a tweet, Rawlings-Blake alleged that Burns exhibited “threatening” behavior.

Rawlings-Blake said Burns can attend other press conferences around the city, but not the weekly on-the-record sessions held following the Board of Estimates meetings. She also said WYPR can send a reporter to the Wednesday sessions, just not Burns.

WBAL-TV’s Jayne Miller relayed a statement from WYPR’s News Director in which he said he is “dismayed by her action and angry that an elected official thinks she can choose who can cover her.” Other reporters told WYPR they didn’t see the intimidation, he said.

Reporters also started spreading the hashtag #FreeKenny.




Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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