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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John visits with John Barry, the founder of Flunk Cancer, a nonprofit organization that helps teachers who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis. John News highlights the importance of cancer screening. John reports important news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about flunk cancer

The Flunk Cancer mission is “Just Living” which reflects their desire to allow teachers and their families affected by cancer to “Just Live” their life. They do this by providing assistance and support to teachers with cancer - and their families - and help guide them through the difficult avenues of the cancer diagnoses, treatments, and care. Click here.

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John News highlights Mason Farm Biological Reserve, which connects all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. John talks to TWO experts about wetlands and learns how important wetlands are to the ecosystem. John also rides a very fun zip line.

Learn more about the Carolina Wetlands Association

The Carolina Wetlands Association is a non-partisan, science- based organization advocating for wetlands. Carolina wetlands are diverse habitats found across the coastal plain, piedmont, and mountain regions of North and South Carolina. Click here.

Find out about Mason from biological reserve

In the ancient woodlands and restored prairies of Mason Farm, you’ll see rare animals and plants. You might also see researchers and conservation staff out working to keep the land free of invasive species and restore native plants. Click here.

Help fight world hunger. All proceeds go to WhyHunger, an organization that fights hunger around the globe. To order your shirt, click here.

Learn more about world hunger and whyhunger

WhyHunger believes a world without hunger is possible. They provide critical resources to support grassroots movements and fuel community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial and economic justice. They are working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world. 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.

John news meets a bomb-sniffing police dog

John News broadcasts from the football stadium at UNC-Chapel Hill. John meets Canine Officer J. Jack and his handler. John learns how J. Jack finds an explosive hidden in the stadium.

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.