9-year-old reporter responds to critics, defends homicide coverage after backlash

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. — A 9-year-old reporter who wrote about a suspected murder in her small Pennsylvania town is defending herself after some locals lashed out about a young girl covering violent crimes.

Hilde Kate Lysiak says she got a tip Saturday afternoon about something untoward happening on Ninth Street in her hometown of Selinsgrove, about 150 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

She went to the scene to get the details and posted a story and video clip on her website “Orange Street News” later that day.

Soon after, her Facebook page and YouTube channel were clogged with negative comments urging her to “play with dolls” and questioning her parents’ judgment in letting her do such work.

Hilde responded to her critics in a video posted to her YouTube channel:

She says just because she’s 9 doesn’t mean she can’t be a reporter.

Her dad used to be a reporter for The New York Daily News and he got her hooked on reporting.

Hilde started the “Orange Street News” two years ago.

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