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."

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What Do YOU Know About Jam?

It’s peach season in the Carolinas. To celebrate this season, John News welcomes a jam expert! John and Dr. Don Moore make jam from the farm-fresh peaches that John bought at the farmers market.

If you want the recipe, just email John from the link at the top of this page.

CANNONBALL!!! Don’t miss this John News special report

It’s a hot summer in North Carolina, and John has been spending time at the pool! Ridgewood Swim Club in Chapel Hill is the perfect place to cool off and perfect your cannonball skills!

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While on vacation at the beach, John brings John News to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. There, John learns a lot about loggerhead sea turtles. He also visits with river otters and alligators!

Location Credit: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Learn more about the North Carolina Aquariums

The North Carolina Aquariums were established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources of North Carolina’s ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments. Click here.

John gets a major award


It's a big day for John! At the annual recognition ceremony for his school district, John is one of three students — out of 12,000 in the district — to receive the “Hamlett's Heroes“ award. John News was there to record the superintendent presenting this important award to John.

Help fight hunger. All proceeds go to TABLE, Inc., a nonprofit that feeds hungry kids in John's community. To order your shirt, click here.

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.

Learn how to get your vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to anyone who wants one. This website provides accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services in your area.

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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.