Ten-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."

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John News visits his local animal shelter. John meets Davis, an adult dog looking for his forever home. He also learns about how animal shelters work, what are the issues currently affecting animal shelters, and he gets tips for how people can get involved in animal adoption efforts.

Find out more about adopting a pet

Caring for a companion animal goes far beyond providing food, water, and shelter. It takes research and careful planning to bring the right pet into your home, and to make sure your lifestyle is the right one for your pet. The ASPCA offers tips to prepare yourself, as well as your home, for a new furry friend. Click here.

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John News recognizes Black History Month by interviewing Dave Mason, Jr., a member of The Chapel Hill Nine, who demanded to be served at a local lunch counter in 1960. John learns about discrimination and segregation, and how the civil rights movement began to change the country. 

Find out more about black history in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

From the Rock Wall is an open site for all who have lived, worked, worshiped, played, and served in–and everyone who wants to join in preserving the future of–historically Black neighborhoods.  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.

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.

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.