Kenneth Yarbrough

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As Councillor Yancey’s Chief Information Officer, Kenneth Yarbrough brings 30 years of experience from the print and broadcast industries as a reporter, a researcher, and interviewer, with proficiency in production of news, newsletters, press releases, public affairs programming and more. Yarbrough previously produced and hosted hundreds of hours of radio and cable television programming focusing on racism, current affairs, international relations and drug rehabilitation. Serving as news editor at UMass/Boston’s Mass Media, Yarbrough trained and supervised a staff of 15 writers; he increased the paper’s circulation by 50 percent, and he conceived three weekly columns: Alcohol Awareness, Amnesty International, and Foreign Student Focus. As a freelance news and feature writer, Yarbrough’s articles have appeared in several newspapers, including the Washington Free Press, Philadelphia Tribune, Palm Beach Times, and Dorchester Community News. Yarbrough is a certified Emergency Medical Technician with specific instruction in terrorism, respiratory protection, weapons of mass destruction, and environmental emergencies. He is founder of the website, http://africandinner.com, which promotes African restaurants in the United States, Canada, and England. Yarbrough has served as a board member of Boston Afro-American Artists, Black Community Information Center, Greater Roxbury Workers Association, UMass/Boston Political Science Association, and Boston/Sekondi-Takoradi Sister-City Association. He received the UMass/Boston Black Student Center Public Service Award in 1988. An accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarist who has recorded over 100 original compositions, Yarbrough grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School. He received a BA in political science from UMass/Boston. Yarbrough, who is remembered by many for his 13 years hosting the Quiet Storm on WUMB 91.9 FM in Boston, can be reached atKenneth.yarbrough@cityofboston.gov.

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