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Hilde Kate Lysiak

September 17, 2018

 

On April 2, 2016, nine-year-old Hilde Lysiak received a tip about a murder that had just happened in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. As the editor-in-chief and sole reporter for her paper Orange Street News, Lysiak headed straight for the crime scene and was, in turn, the first publication to break the story.

 

Almost instantly, the internet erupted in a debate: Should a nine-year-old be reporting on murder? To that, Lysiak posted a video in which she looked straight into the camera and said, “I know this makes some of you uncomfortable. And I know some of you just want to me to sit down and be quiet because I’m nine. But if you want me to stop covering the news, then you get off your computer and do something about the news. There, is that cute enough for you?”

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