Nine-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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IT'S VERY COOL — WELL, ACTUALLY, VERY COLD!

John visits Morehead Planetarium and Science Center where he has THREE demonstrations about liquid nitrogen. John News welcomes Science Programs Manager Whit McMillan in this first of several shows from the center.

Explore the Morehead Planetarium and science center

Since the planetarium opened in 1949, millions of North Carolina students, teachers and families, as well as visitors from around the world, have benefited from Morehead science programs.


Morehead’s programs include classes for adults and children, special courses for teachers, summer camps for children, after-school programs, memberships, public viewings of astronomical events and public lectures. Since 2010, Morehead produces the North Carolina Science Festival. Click here.


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NOTHING SAYS CELEBRATIONS LIKE COOKIES!

John News features "Cooking with John." John begins the holiday season by making M&M sugar cookies in this popular segment.

Get the m&m cookies recipe

These cookies are very yummy, easy to make, and they are guaranteed to not stay in your house for very long! Click here.

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JOHN GETS HIS SHOT!

John gets his first COVID-19 vaccine! And then, John News welcomes North Carolina’s chief medical officer and state health director, Dr. Elizabeth Tilson. She tells John how important this vaccine is to help end the pandemic. John finds out the benefits - for everyone - of getting the vaccine.

Learn about COVID-19 vaccines from North Carolina’s department of health and human services

The Department of Health and Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens – children, elderly, disabled, and low-income families. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local, state, and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen. Click here.

Visit the C.D.C. website for updated information about COVID-19

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. 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.

We can do this. Click here.

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.

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.