Brennan LaBrie is much like any other seasoned journalist descending on Vancouver for the Winter Olympics.
He runs a successful newspaper in his hometown of Port Townsend, Wash. He’s found a national audience as a blogger for a major media outlet. And he’s interviewed Apolo Ohno, among other star athletes, in the run-up to next month’s Games.
The difference? Brennan is 10 years old.
The ambitious young cub reporter, who publishes the Spruce Street Weekly in his neighborhood back home, will reportedly be the youngest journalist at the Games, filing reports for the Time for Kids Web site, as well as the Tacoma News Tribune.
Just don’t expect amateurish coverage. This kid’s a pro.
“I’ll be covering all the events and the games and giving up-to-the-minute new reports,” he tells Washington’s Peninsula Daily News. “To me, it’s more than athletics and the numbers and scores. It’s really about the people.”
LaBrie, chosen as one of 12 Time for Kids reporters for this school year, has already interviewed Team USA bobsledder Bree Schaaf and champion speedskater Ohno. “He is so amazing. I was so surprised that he was a regular guy,” LaBrie says.
LaBrie’s mentor, Port Townsend video blogger Jack Olmsted, says the young reporter is ready for the big time. “Basically, he’s arrived,” Olmsted says. “He’s 10 years old, the sky’s the limit. Age is not an issue. He’s on his way. He’s a journalist. He’s communicating with 4.5 million kids around the world.”
It figures to be a busy few weeks for LaBrie. Asked what he’ll do when the Olympics are over, he replies: “Probably take a nap.”
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