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 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."

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!

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John News takes another field trip! John finds himself in the studio of 97.9 The Hill, WCHL, a major radio station in his hometown. John spends the morning with award-winning host Aaron Keck, finds out how a radio station works, and hears some pretty good stories.

Learn more about 97.9 the hill

WCHL is 97.9 The Hill, available on FM (97.9) and AM (1360) radio and headquartered in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They provide excellent programming to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community and Orange County region, like local news, sports, and talk shows, in addition to alternative music and CBS News reports.

97.9 The Hill has been a part of the Chapel Hill community since 1953. Click here.

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.

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John News is on the road this week! John interviews the head coach of Duke University's women’s soccer team, and he spends some time with team captain Emmy Duerr. John also goes to the Blue Devils' game against Virginia, and he talks to Emmy again after the game.

Learn more about duke women’s soccer

Women’s soccer at Duke has a long legacy of successful teams, numerous NCAA tournament appearances, and multiple players who have turned professional. Click here to learn more.

Find out about team impact

Team IMPACT matches children facing serious illness and disability with college sports teams, creating a long-term, life-changing experience for everyone involved. Click here.

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!

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.

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.