John Yearwood

Executive Board Chairman at International Press Institute

An award-winning multi-media journalist, John Yearwood is president and CEO of Yearwood Media Group, a global consulting and conference moderating firm.

He also serves as executive board chairman of the Vienna, Austria-based International Press Institute and is former World Editor of the Miami Herald.

Under his leadership, the World Desk won numerous awards, including two McClatchy Company President’s Awards and the Arthur Ross Award for best coverage of Latin America. Yearwood’s coordination of the Herald’s Haiti earthquake coverage contributed to the newspaper being named a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News.

Yearwood is a regular guest on national and international radio and television news programs, including National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, BBC and China Central Television.

A highly gifted public speaker, Yearwood has been sought out by many organizations to analyze global trends or moderate major discussions. Among them: the Toronto Global Forum, the Atlantic Dialogues, the Palm Beach Strategic Forum, the American Jewish Committee, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, UNAIDS and G8 Youth Leaders.

In his role as Executive Board Chairman of IPI, the oldest press freedom organization in the world, he helps to shape and guide its strategy and vision. Under his leadership, the organization has expanded its digital footprint, leading a digital campaign to free one of its board members arrested in Turkey and, for the first time, broadcasting its board meetings live via Facebook.