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Hilde Lysiak united states journalist and author orangestreetnews.com

Tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Hilde Kate Lysiak. I am the publisher of the Orange Street News. I began my newspaper when I was seven years old and I have written hundreds of stories. I’ve covered everything from a murder, to a mystery beast that was scaring residents, to corruption at my local fire station. Now I’m also an author. My Scholastic Branches early chapter book series Hilde Cracks the Case comes out in September.

Why did you want to be a reporter? I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a reporter. My dad used to be a reporter in New York City and I would often go on assignment with him. Watching him interview people to get the story, and then opening the newspaper the next day to see his work was a real thrill. Every story felt like an adventure. And getting the truth to the people is very important to me.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life? The biggest influence in my life has been my dad. I remember when he got arrested once for doing his job. I was so worried. 16

But after the police let him go, the first thing he did when he got home was smile at me and say, “I just got the best story ever!” I think of that moment when I sometimes get nasty messages telling me I’m too young to be a reporter.

If anything is possible, what would you want to achieve in life? I am living my dream working as a reporter. My work has already made a real difference in my community. As I get older, I hope I can make a positive difference not just in Selinsgrove, but around the world. And I hope my series Hilde Cracks the Case inspires kids to start reading more, writing more, and maybe even reporting. I want to keep growing and learning, and I want to continue having fun!

Hilde's new book series "Hilde Cracks the Case"

Kids Nation Magazine - Edition 19 September / October 2017  

Edition 19: DREAM BIG World's first free digital magazine, dedicated to empowering kids around the world, with global contributors

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