Eleven-year-old John Wortman hosts a newscast from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. John started John News shortly after the pandemic caused his school to stop meeting in person in March, 2020. John was in first grade then; now he is entering sixth grade, and John News is still going strong!

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

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John News welcomes an internationally recognized expert on diabetes. John learns about the different kinds of diabetes, what causes diabetes, and how diabetes can be controlled.

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John News welcomes a speech language pathologist to his show. John learns all the different ways to speech language pathologist can help people. John also celebrates his graduation from speech class!

Learn more about speech, language, and hearing

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 234,000 members, certificate holders, and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology assistants; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) identify, assess, and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Click here.

John News Special Report: John’s Adventure Gift

John received an adventure as a gift from his aunt. John News was there to record all the flips, falls, and fun!

john selected as a Hometown hero

Check THIS out! Another accolade for John and John News! WCHL, the local radio station, named John a "Hometown Hero"! It's worth your time to listen to the audio. Click here.

And you get to hear what John's school principal says about him!

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.

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.