Scholastic News Kids Press Corps

AT-A-GLANCE
WHAT IS IT?

The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is a team of young Kid Reporters who report on current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sporting events from across the country and around the world.

MORE INFORMATION

Brittany Sullivan
bsullivan@scholastic.com
(212) 343-4848

Stephanie Agresti
sagresti@scholastic.com
(212) 343-7819

ON THE WEB

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IN THE NEWS

ADWEEK
Kid Reporter Titus Smith III would love to interview Elon Musk

WMUR-TV
Kaitlin Clark from North Woodstock, NH is a reporter in the making

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Scholastic News Kid Reporters discuss their coverage of the 2016 presidential election

THE HUFFINGTON POST
A look at how Kid Reporters are covering the campaign trail for younger audiences

USA TODAY
For Scholastic News Kid Reporters covering Trump's presidential bid, safety is the number one priority.

CBS EVENING NEWS
Junior journalists in the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps hit the 2016 campaign trail.


“When you’re a Kid Reporter, all the doors are open to you. A lot of people want to help you out. And I think that kind of mindset carried through to the rest of my life.”

— Michael Capetta, producer at NBC Universal and former Kid Reporter

“It’s so much like a real newsroom. I like working with my editor and revising my articles and getting hands-on experience.”

— Maxwell Surprenant, 13, Kid Reporter

“Before I joined the program, I was really shy, but interviewing people has given me the courage to go up to someone and introduce myself.”

— Adedayo Perkovich, 13, Kid Reporter


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Overview

The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is a group of talented young reporters, ages 10–14, from across the country and around the world. For more than 17 years, the Kid Reporters have covered "news for kids, by kids." Their stories appear online at the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website and in issues of Scholastic classroom magazines, which reach more than 25 million students in classrooms nationwide. The Kid Reporters have made headlines by interviewing newsmakers including President Barack Obama, composer, lyricist, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, author and actress Sonia Manzano, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, country music star Tim McGraw, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, and more. They’ve also gathered “Tips from the Pros” from journalists such as Chuck Todd and Lester Holt.

Press Releases

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The Beatles: Influencing the Past, Present, and Future
Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Van Zandt, and Dave Grohl talk with Kid Reporter Adedayo Perkovich about the "Fab Four."
A Librarian for Us All
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks with Kid Reporter Erik Weibel about her mission to get everyone reading. 
The Great Assist
Our Kid Reporter gets some basketball tips from Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin.
Captain Underpants Hits the Big Screen
Kid Reporter Maxwell Surprenant interviews Captain Underpants author and illustrator Dav Pilkey.
Seeds of Hope
Conservationist Jane Goodall talks with Kid Reporter Sadie Kiel about how she encourages kids to help save the planet.

Interview with First Lady Michelle Obama

Eight Kid Reporters sat down with First Lady Michelle Obama for an exclusive interview in the Map Room of the White House. During the interview, Kid Reporters Gabriel Ferris, 15, of Winslow, ME; Manu Onteeru, 14, Sterling, VA; Adedayo Perkovich, 12, New York, NY; Courtney Pine, 11, Washington, DC; Stone Shen, 12, Acton, MA; Maxwell Surprenant, 13, Needham, MA; Erik Weibel, 14, Benton, PA; and Skylar Yarter, 13, Maplewood, NJ, asked the First Lady about her “Let’s Move!” initiative, plans for the future, and more.

For original Kid Reporter stories and video excerpts from the interview First Lady Michelle Obama, click here.

Photos and Video

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How does your family participate in the Let’s Move! campaign?
First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the Obama family’s participation in Let’s Move! Campaign with Kid Reporters from the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, Washington, D.C., October 6, 2016. (Courtesy of the White House)

What do you plan to do next in your career?
First Lady Michelle Obama discusses her future career plans with Kid Reporters from the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, Washington, D.C., October 6, 2016. (Courtesy of the White House)

How did you get the idea to plant a garden at the White House?
First Lady Michelle Obama explains the origin of the White House Kitchen Garden with Kid Reporters from the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, Washington, D.C., October 6, 2016. (Courtesy of the White House)

Has President Obama found a way to enjoy beets?
First Lady Michelle Obama talks about President Barack Obama’s dislike of beets with Kid Reporters from the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, Washington, D.C., October 6, 2016. (Courtesy of the White House)

How is living in the White House different from living in a regular home?
First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Kid Reporters from the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps about life in the White House, Washington, D.C., October 6, 2016. (Courtesy of the White House)

First Lady Michelle Obama joins Scholastic News Kid Reporters for a group photo following an interview in the Map Room of the White House, from left: Adedayo Perkovich, Skylar Yarter, Gabriel Ferris, Maxwell Surprenant, Courtney Pine, Erik Weibel, Manu Onteeru, and Stone Shen, October 6, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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The Scholastic News Kid Reporter back-to-school interview with President Barack Obama is the cover story of Scholastic News® classroom magazines.

 

Scholastic News Kid Reporters Topanga Sena, 10, Orlando, and Jacob Schroeder, 12, Albuquerque, after their interview with President Barack Obama in the Library of the White House, July 15, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama tapes an interview with Scholastic News Kids Press Corps in the Library of the White House, July 15, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

Scholastic News Kid Reporter Topanga Sena, 11, interviews First Lady Michelle Obama in Orlando, FL, about her campaign against childhood obesity, family fitness and health, and what it's like being the First Mom. (Photo: Scholastic)

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