Baltimore Brew - WYPR’s City Hall reporter has been indefinitely suspended from attending Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s weekly press conference, The Brew has learned.
A letter titled “Denial of Access to Post BOE Press Conference” – bearing the mayor’s seal – was emailed to WYPR’s news director, Joel McCord, by Press Secretary Anthony McCarthy last night.
It stated that reporter Kenneth Burns’ access to the “press availability” – the only regularly scheduled event where Rawlings-Blake takes questions from the media – was withdrawn.
“Please take notice that effective immediately, the Mayor has declined to grant her discretionary access to Kenneth Burns of WYPR to attend these press conferences.”
The letter does not give a reason for Burn’s suspension from the conference, which takes place within the mayor’s suite of offices typically starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.