Hilde Lysiak, the 11-year-old reporter uncovering corruption in her neighborhood, might be the coolest journalist around
We all have our favorite reporters, and now a new one has made our list. Hilde Lysiak, the 11-year-old reporter who started a newspaper for her neighborhood, might be the coolest journalist around. You may remember The New York Times doing a story on her back in October, highlighting a series of books that she works on with her father, Matthew Lysiak. There are six books in the crime reporter’s series, Hilde Cracks the Case. They’re inspired by Hilde’s experiences reporting news for her own publication, Orange Street News, in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Though talk of the young journalist has been flooding Twitter this weekend, we first learned Hilde Lysiak’s name back in April 2016 when her reporting experiences went viral. Hint: She’d broken a story on a local homicide. Yup, a pretty heavy subject matter, but one which she handled like the pro that she is, interviewing neighbors at the scene of the crime. In fact, her story was online before other news outlets had even reported it. Mic drop! We are super impressed. “I think a lot of adults tell their kids they can do anything, but at the end of the day don’t actually let them do anything,” she told the NYT. Big props to her for making her dreams come true, right?
Now Hilde Lysiak is going viral again after an interview with her made the rounds on Twitter.
The whole thing is worth reading — and you can find it online from the Society of Professional Journalists — but we love this quote particularly.
We also love learning more about the story she’s most proud of writing where she overcame several serious obstacles to get the news.
She definitely has a lot of fans, and we’re not the least bit surprised.
To add even more icing to Lysiak’s cake, her story has been optioned by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content for a TV series. One thing’s for sure: We’d definitely watch, and we’re sure many others would, too. Meanwhile, we’re going to check out Lysiak’s books… And, of course, read every story Hilde’s every written — especially the one about the scandal at the fire station.