Today with Dr. Kaye

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 Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead is an associate professor of communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and, the founding director of The Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice. She is the host of the award-winning radio show Today with Dr. Kaye on WEAA, 88.9 FM and the 2021 recipient of a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

She is the author of four books, including RaceBrave: new and selected works; Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, which received both the 2015 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians and the 2014 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians; and Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America. She is a K-12 master teacher in African American history; an award-winning curriculum writer and lesson plan developer; and an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher.

In 2021, Dr. Whitehead was selected by the Baltimore Business Journal to receive the Leaders in Diversity Award. In 2020, Dr. Whitehead was selected by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. In 2019, she received the Collegium Visionary Award from the College of Holy Cross; the Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMA) from the National Women’s Political Caucus; the Baltimore Sun named her as one of Baltimore’s 25 “Women to Watch in 2019”; and Essence magazine included her on the 2019 “Woke 100 List,” of “black women advocating for change.” As one of only a few daily drive-time afternoon radio shows hosted by a black woman, Today with Dr. Kaye received the 2021 and 2020 Chesapeake Associated Press Award for Outstanding Editorial or Commentary; the 2019 Chesapeake Associated Press Award for Outstanding Talk Show, and the second place Award for Outstanding Editorial or Commentary. In 2020, the Baltimore Sun selected Dr. Kaye as the Best Radio Host.

In February 2016, Dr. Whitehead received the Joan B. Kroc’s Institute for International Peace Studies “Distinguished Alumni” Award for her work as a peace activist, scholar, filmmaker, writer, and poet. In 2014, she received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC); was selected as one of the top 25 women professors in Maryland by Online Schools Maryland; and in 2013, received Loyola University Maryland’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship for her work documenting the stories of women who are temporarily experiencing homelessness.

Dr. Whitehead also received the 2006 Gilder Lehrman Preserve America Maryland History Teacher of the Year Award (sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Maryland State Department of Education); was one of 50 alumni to receive the Distinguished Black Alumni Award from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (2005); and was a winner of both the Langston Hughes, David Diop, Etheridge Knight Poetry Award (1999, 2000) and the Zora Neale Hurston Creative Writing Award (1998) from the Gwendolyn Brooks Creative Writing Center at the University of Chicago.

Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Whitehead was a documentary filmmaker with MetroTV, a PBS-affiliate, and a senior producer for Music Television Networks (MTV). In 2001, she directed and produced Twin Towers: A History, a documentary film that describes the technical problems that were overcome and challenges the ironworkers faced in constructing the landmark buildings and recounts the daredevil stunts that the buildings attracted. The film was nominated for an Emmy in 2002—Dr. Whitehead’s third nomination. It has since become the second-largest selling film about 9/11 and airs regularly on PBS stations around the country.

Dr. Whitehead writes a bi-monthly column, “Conversations with Dr. Kaye,” for the Baltimore Afro newspaper based upon her deep ethnographic study within the Black Butterfly neighborhoods of Baltimore City. She is also one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in the country, having given over 500 keynotes worldwide.




Ways to Connect

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children. 


The Food and Drug Administration recently cleared the expanded use of Pfizer's shots, stating the shots worked as well in those 12 to 15 years old as those 16 and older.


If the CDC approves, states will begin shipping doses of the vaccine to pediatricians and even schools. 


Photo taken from Mayor Scott's Twitter page

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott joins Dr. Kaye ahead of his meeting with Governor Larry Hogan where the two will discuss crime in Baltimore City. 

Mayor Scott and Gov. Hogan have been exchanging words through the media on how to address the surge in violence. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Idaho officials say a sixth grade girl brought a gun to her middle school on Thursday and injured 3 people before being disarmed by a teacher. 

According to Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson, the student pulled a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds inside and outside Rigby Middle School. 

“Our children are being exposed right now to another type of world”, says Dr. Kaye. “Who should be held responsible?”


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Tonya Aikens, President and CEO of Howard County Library System joins Dr. Kaye to discuss how the county is addressing racism, discrimination and racial equity. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Chris Clanton, an actor known for his role in the television series, “The Wire”, became a victim of Baltimore’s gun violence last week.


The 35-year-old was shot in the ear just before 7 p.m. on Eierman Avenue near Cottman Avenue.


“Somebody could’ve killed me in front of my son…”


Chris posted to his Facebook page the day after the shooting: 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — WEAA’s talk radio show, “Today with Dr. Kaye” is the winner of the 2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award


The public radio show, hosted by Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead and produced by Justina Pollard, received the award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for “Not Again!: Baltimore Uprising 2.0”. 


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Governor Larry Hogan recently commented on the increase in violence in Baltimore City.

The governor said, “The increase of violent crime in Baltimore City is unacceptable. Rather than defunding our police, we need to invest more in law enforcement, pass better laws to hold violent criminals accountable, and we need prosecutors who will actually prosecute those laws”.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Marilyn Mosby, the 25th State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, joins Dr. Kaye to discuss Baltimore gun violence, crime prevention resources and witness and victim services. 

“For the first time, the mayor, the commissioner, myself, we agree that we need to focus our time and our attention on violent individuals, victim crimes…. I want police responding to 14-year-olds that are being shot in broad daylight not individuals who are smoking weed", Mosby shares. 


Photo credit: Baltimore City Police on Twitter

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Homicides are on the rise as gun violence continues across Baltimore City. 

One of the recent shootings occurred at Carroll Park Sunday night. Four people were shot, one person was killed in what Mayor Brandon Scott calls a “mass shooting”. 

Councilwoman Phylicia Porter says, moments before the shooting “carloads of teenagers were still being dropped off, unknowingly headed into danger”. 

Photo credit: @boatwright12

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Sergeant Clyde Boatwright, President of the Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police joins Dr. Kaye to share his perspective on policing in America. 

“We are not tone-death to what we see on camera and what we see locally here… where our police officers have dishonored the badge and violated members of our community…"


Boatwright also says police have made the profession "so unattractive" that agencies are having trouble keeping and hiring law enforcement officers.


Aisha Flowers particpating in a Black Lives Matter protest weeks after the killing of George Floyd.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — “This system is not broken, this system is racist, it's built on the foundation of white supremacy and whiteness. This system is unfair. This system is designed to terrorize us, to force us to subdue and submit. This system sees us as property, as less than human. This system is not broken therefore we must break it...” - Dr. Kaye


(WEAA) —Isaiah Brown, a 32-year-old Black man, was shot by a Spotsylvania County Sheriff's deputy while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. 


The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. on April 21, about an hour after the same deputy gave Brown a ride after his vehicle broke down.


According to CNN, David Haynes, the family's attorney says the deputy opened fire after mistaking Brown's cordless phone for a gun.


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —U.S Congressman Kweisi Mfume and former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon join Dr. Kaye and Dean Kim Sydnor for WEAA’s COVID-19: All in This Together series. 


The congressman and former mayor discuss vaccination mandates, herd immunity, the Tuskegee Study, concerns regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and more.


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. Sharon Henry, Professor of Surgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine joins Dr. Kaye for WEAA’s COVID-19: All in This Together series. 


Dr. Henry was among the first people in Maryland to receive a COVID vaccine. 


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Photo credit: CNN

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl, was fatally shot by a Columbus officer after calling police for help, according to family. 


Family says, Bryant called 911 Tuesday afternoon after a group of “older kids” threatened to assault her. 


Police killed Ma’Khia just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd. 


The teen allegedly had a knife in her hand at the time of the shooting.