Eight-year-old John Wortman hosts a weekly 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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In this NEW and EXCITING format, John News is shorter - and concentrates more on the GOOD NEWS! John meets Dr. Don Moore, the retired director of Oregon Zoo.

Learn about Oregon zoo

Oregon Zoo provides exceptional experiences to guests to inspire them to create a better future for wildlife. From education programs to on-the-ground conservation efforts, the zoo is working to save species regionally and worldwide. Click here.

Find out about the national zoo

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute cares for about 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species. SCBI scientists study and breed more than 20 species at their headquarters. Click Here.

Watch LAST week's episode of John News

John News v58: 6/21/21 — John interviews the chief meteorologist from CBS 17 News about hurricanes.

Visit the CBS 17 weather page

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.

We can do this. Click here.

learn more about the red wolf coalition

The Red Wolf Coalition is the hub of private support for long-term red wolf restoration. The RWC provides the public with science-based information about the biology and ecology of this endangered predator. Click here.

Learn more about the international Wolf Center

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. Click here.

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.

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

See where it all began

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