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John Yearwood

President and CEO, Yearwood Media Group

An award-winning multimedia journalist, John Yearwood is President and CEO of Yearwood Media Group, a global consulting and content creation firm. In his role as President/CEO of Yearwood Media, he advises companies seeking to do business in emerging markets, with a particular focus on Africa and Asia. In 2019, he was appointed honorary chair of the the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention, which convened 4,100 black journalists in Miami. He sits on several boards, including the Austria-based International Press Institute, where he is the former chairman. Former world editor of the Miami Herald. The World Desk won numerous awards under his leadership, including two McClatchy Company President’s Awards and the Arthur Ross Award for best coverage of Latin America. His coordination of The Herald’s Haiti earthquake coverage contributed to the newspaper being named a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. He is a regular guest on national and international radio and television news programs, and has been sought out by many global organizations as a speaker and moderator, including German Marshall Fund, Policy Center for the New South, Toronto Global Forum, Conference de Montreal, Conference of Paris, Asian Leadership Conference and the United Nations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.