Nine-year-old reporter Hilde Kate Lysiak is not playing around. Her self-started publication, the Orange Street News, recently broke a murder story in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, before professional news outlets did.
But some adults are upset that she isn't "playing with dolls" or having "tea parties" instead of hitting the streets for scoops on hammer-related homicides. Hilde's now responded to her critics, one of whom dismissed her work as "sensationalist trash," and she pulls no punches in giving them a piece of her mind.
The free speech button, the cat shirt, the R.E.M. soundtrack: this kid is bleeping awesome, and probably smarter than the adults whose harsh criticisms she read aloud to prove she doesn't give a darn what they think.
Her response below.
I was able to inform the people that there was a terrible murder hours before my competition even got to the scene. In fact, some of these adult read newspapers were reporting the wrongs news, or no news at all. All the while, the Orange Street News is out covering the murder.
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 nine, but if you want me to stop covering news, than you get off your computer and do something about the news.
There, is that cute enough for you? I’m Hilde Kate Lysiak. Thanks for watching. Izzy, shut this off, I’m done.
Izzy is her 12-year-old sister, who handles OSN's photos and videos. According to The Guardian, Hilde caught the journalism bug when her father, Matthew Lysiak, a former reporter for The New York Daily News, would sometimes take his daughters on the job.
She found journalism really interesting, and my older daughter, too. They would ask lots of questions...She was embraced when she was doing cuter stories, but about six months into writing the paper, she got more confident and started stepping outside the box.
Hell yeah she did, and now she's a bona fide Diane Sawyer in the making. Be proud, Daddy Lysiak; not every dad gets upstaged by their own nine-year-old.
Lysiak's been running OSN since 2014, and has covered everything from eggings to drug crimes. Below you can see a video of the fearless kid reporter chasing down middle schoolers who offered an 11-year-old drugs. You go Hilde (also, please, please be careful)!