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."

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.

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John News visits Big Frog T-Shirts and discovers how t-shirts are designed and printed. John discovers how much money he donated to help feed hungry kids by selling I ❤️John News T-shirts.

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.

Find out more about big frog T-shirts

More than just custom apparel printing, Big Frog is about celebrating life’s special moments with you — your child’s first soccer game, a milestone birthday, your school’s spirit wear, or your company fundraising event — which is why they specialize in Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing so you can personalize your apparel design without the hassle of minimum orders Click here.

Learn more about TABLE Inc.

Childhood hunger right here where we live, work, and go to school? Unacceptable! That’s what a group of UNC students and community people decided in 2008. Hungry to help, we named our organization TABLE to represent a place where caring hearts and hungry bellies could come together in ways that would transform us all. Click here.

Watch the previous 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.

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.

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.