To the list of Hilde Kate Lysiak’s accomplishments in her 12 years — crime reporter, publisher, author, the subject of a television series — add university commencement speaker. The young journalist is scheduled to address the graduates of West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media at their commencement next month in Morgantown, W.Va., the college said Thursday.
Hilde first came to national attention at age 9, when she covered a homicide in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pa., for her self-published newspaper and website, the Orange Street News. When residents criticized her, and her parents, for covering such an adult topic, Hilde fired back with a video dismissing her naysayers: “If you want me to stop covering news, then you get off your computers and do something about the news. There, is that cute enough for you?”