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Tween Reporter Breaks News Stories, Stands Up To Critics

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And a murder in the town of Selinsgrove, Pa., is making headlines - not so much for the killing but for the pint-sized reporter who beat everyone else to the story. Here she is, reporting from the windy crime scene.

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HILDE KATE LYSIAK: Hilde Kate Lysiak here, reporting from the Orange Street, where a man suspectedly murdered his wife with a hammer. I'm working hard on this ongoing investigation.

MONTAGNE: Hilde Kate Lysiak is the editor and publisher of the Orange Street News. For two years now Hilde's been reporting on serious stories - on crime, business, sports, weather, plus on one rogue skunk. And she's 9 years old.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

I love this story. She got her nose for news from her dad who used to be a reporter for the New York Daily News. Now, not everyone is a fan of Hilde's reporting on the neighborhood murder. She got what she called some really mean comments on her Facebook page and of course wallowed in that controversy. She went ahead and read some of the comments in a video that she posted on her website.

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HILDE: I'm disgusted that this cute little girl thinks she's a real journalist. What happened to tea parties?

INSKEEP: Having read those comments, Hilde decided to respond to her critics directly.

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HILDE: I know this makes some of you uncomfortable. And I know some of you just want me to sit down and be quiet because I'm 9. But if you want me to stop covering news then you get off your computer and do something about the news. There - is that cute enough for you?

MONTAGNE: That's 9-year-old reporter, commentator and multimedia journalist Hilde Kate Lysiak. We report, you decide if it is cute enough.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RUN THE WORLD GIRLS")

BEYONCE: (Singing) We run the world. Who run the world? Girls. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.