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12-year-old Pa. reporter gives commencement speech at university

Written by The Associated Press | May 10, 2019 4:50 PM
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In this September 2015, photo provided by Matthew Lysiak, Hilde Kate Lysiak poses for a photo at her home in Selinsgrove, Pa. Lysiak, a 9-year-old reporter, recently wrote about a suspected murder in her small Pennsylvania town and is defending herself after some locals lashed out about a young girl covering violent crime. (Isabel Rose Lysiak via AP)


(Morgantown, W.Va.) -- A 12-year-old reporter who runs a midstate newspaper has delivered the commencement address at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media.

Hilde Kate Lysiak has run the Orange Street News in since 2014 in Selinsgrove, Snyder County.

She first drew national attention in 2016 when she wrote about a suspected murder in Selinsgrove and ended up having to defend herself after some locals lashed out about a young girl covering violent crimes.

She had a confrontation in February with an Arizona marshal who threatened to arrest her for filming him on duty.

On Friday, Hilde joked that she's sure some in the crowd in Morgantown were wondering why the university couldn't "afford a full grown human" to give the speech.

She went on to share the lessons she's learned in the field and tells graduates to "stay laser focused on the truth."

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