Ten-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 was in first grade then; now he is in fourth grade, and John News is still going strong!

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

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John News welcomes Steven Ray Miller to the 100th episode. John visits Steven’s art gallery and framing shop, and makes a picture frame for a special gift.

Learn more about steven ray miller and his art

Durham, NC-based artist Steven Ray Miller has been putting hearts in his paintings for several decades to bring the viewer in for a closer look. He believes hearts help us to share the feelings of love and hope that connect us all.

Offering an expansive collection of limited edition prints, original gouache paintings, original 3-D paintings on glass, desk calendars, Framed Mini Prints, and “Y’all Means EVERYONE” bumper stickers and magnets, you will find unique, locally made artwork full of hearts throughout his website. Click here.

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John News is on the courts this week! John interviews his tennis coach, learns about the tennis program that he is involved with, and plays tennis!

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Learn about the love to serve foundation

Love to Serve Tennis Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established in the fall of 2021 to continue this movement and provide a platform for raising funds to subsidize organization activities dedicated to inclusivity on the principle that everyone deserves access to the amazing and enriching sport of tennis. Click here.

Special report: Autumn in north carolina


In many parts of the world, winter has already started. But in North Carolina, we are still in the middle of autumn! John News highlights how a kid can have fun in the piles of leaves. John does a disappearing act!

listen to john's interview on the radio

John appeared on WCHL, 97.9 The Hill. He had a lot of fun substituting as the guest for the station's Talking Books segment. Click here to listen.

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.

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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.

Visit John's YouTube channel here.

See where it all began

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