Friday 24 January 2020

9 year old reporter breaks murder story before local news station

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

She's not your typical 9-year-old.

Hilde Kate Lysiak would put many an adult news reporter to shame with her skills.

The 9-year-old is the editor and publisher of Orange Street News, based in Pennsylvania.

She broke this story about a local alleged murder after she got a tip "from a source".

She headed over to the location with her camera and notepad and spoke to local residents and police.

Hilde got her report online hours before her local newspaper, The Daily Item.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Hilde revealed why she loves news reporting.

"I just like letting people know all the information,"she said.

"It's just what I really want to do. And crime is definitely my favorite."

Hilde said she "got a good tip from a source" about the story and was able to confirm the details.

However, many people were perturbed by Hilde's reporting, questioning whether or not she is old enough to report on such issues.

One wrote, "I think this is appalling that u would do a story liek this when all the facts are not in yet. Have some respect for all parties involved please."

Another wrote, "Why is a child reported on a case like this?!?!!"

Hilde, who is in third grade, took her critics on via social media and a video post.

"If you want me to stop covering news, then you get off your computer, do something about the news. There! Is that cute enough for you?" she said.

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