Nine-year-old John Wortman hosts a newscast from his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. John started John News shortly after his school stopped meeting in person in March, 2020.

John says that he started John News "because I want to make people happy--even during coronavirus time."

Watch the newest episode of John News

John News enters its THIRD year with this epic and important episode!
John News welcomes Dr. Naya Hamlett, the superintendent at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. In his biggest interview ever, John gets together with five students, two teachers, and the school superintendent. They discuss equity and inclusion, and diversity—in schools and in society.

View this John news special report: eliminating greenhouse gases


When John News visited town hall, Mayor John learned about how his town is implementing its climate action plan. He also learns about electric and hybrid vehicles, and sees how an EV is charged.

See the previous episode of John News


John News visits town hall, and meets with the mayor. Mayor Hemminger makes JOHN the mayor for a day! John has lots of meetings to learn about how a town functions. John meets with the town manager and discusses how the town can be improved. John meets with the police chief and the fire chief to find out about some public safety issues. He also visits a town construction site, and signs an important proclamation!

Watch a John news special report about a magical cat


In this John News Special Report, John reports on the neighbors' cat, Snowy, who has some very magical powers.

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John News Featured on CBS 17 News Program

May 2, 2021 Reporter Crystal Price interviews John, gives an in-depth account of how John News is created, and reports on why John started his newscast. To view the story, click here.

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See where it all began

Watch the very first episode of John News! You can see how far John has come.