About Teen Kids News

Only TV Newscast for Teens – Delivered by Teens – Turns 20!

To celebrate two decades of delivering important news you can use, Teen Kids News is dedicating its entire first program of the new 20th season to looking at past highlights, as well as hearing from many former teens who helped launch the critically acclaimed series.

The ground-breaking Emmy Award-winning program was the brainchild of Albert T. Primo. He’s the man credited with creating the popular Eyewitness News format back in the 1960s. “The 9/11 attacks, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the explosion of Space Shuttle Columbia – the early 2000s were very scary times. Especially for teens,” says Co-Executive Producer Primo, adding: “They needed a program that kept them informed, without traumatizing them.”

In late 2003, Teen Kids News debuted with a team of young newscasters. While some had famous parents, most were ordinary kids. But according to Co-Executive Producer Alan J. Weiss, “they all brought a level of professionalism beyond their years”. The former senior program producer at WABC-TV’s highly rated Eyewitness News, Weiss says “These kids did a better job at reporting the news than some of the adult journalists I’ve worked with.”

The initial anchor team was headed by Mwanzaa Brown, who played young Simba on Broadway along with co-anchor Haley Cohen, the daughter of network news anchor Paula Zahn. Sports were delivered by Cody Gifford, son of football great Frank Gifford and wife Katie Lee. Later, Gabe Cohen, son of TV personality Meredith Viera and Jenna Ruggiero, daughter of journalist Rosanna Scotto, and would join the staff.

The original news team are no longer teens, but adults – some are even parents. “We’re rather proud that a number of our reporters became professional journalists,” says Program Producer Marilou Yacoub. “And we’re equally proud of the others who as you’ll see in the half-hour Special, have pursued a variety of careers…architects, doctors, scientists, international humanitarian consultants, as well as members of the U.S. Military,” she adds.

Shooting stories around the country, as well as around the world, Teen Kids News helps its young viewers understand important issues that directly concern them: avoiding internet predators, dealing with bullies, the importance of exercise & healthy eating, preparing for a job interview, choosing the right college or a career you don’t need a college degree for.

Along the way, interviewing well-known personalities like BTS, Jonas Bros, Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis, Jay Z, Rhianna, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Stephen King, Avril Lavigne, Channing Tatum, Michael Phelps and the cast of the Harry Potter movies.

Syndicated to more than 160 TV stations, Teen Kids News is also carried by educational channels to thousands of schools. It’s a regular feature on the American Forces Network, available to all U.S. Military families stationed around the world.

Teen Kids News is produced by 14-time Emmy winning Alan Weiss Productions, Inc.
For more information contact Marilou Yacoub, myacoub@awptv.com

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I owe my career to Albert T. Primo.Watching ABC7NY Eyewitness News inspired me to become the editor of my high school newspaper, The Daltonian, and then to major in journalism at Northwestern.Shortly after graduation came the unforgettable thrill of walking into the newsroom as a just-hired member of EWN. Albeit the very lowest member. Just a desk assistant. Al had left by then, but the EWN ethos was already imprinted in my DNA. No doubt my total buy-in to the concept he pioneered fueled my rise from DA to writer to program producer. Over the years, I caught Al’s notice and we became friends.When I left WABC to start a production company - first with Roseanne Scamardella and then with my wife, Tania – Al would bring projects he wanted produced in the “Eyewitness-stye.” Most notably, TEEN KIDS NEWS.Yet again Al saw a need that everyone else was missing: a TV program that would give age-appropriate news to young teens...delivered by teens.It was an instant success, clearing some 200 stations in just a handful of months. I can still see Al’s megawatt smile lighting up the huge hotel ballroom as we accepted Teen Kids News’ first Emmy. And I’m grateful Al was well enough last week to watch the special anniversary program launching TKN’s 20th year on the air.So many lives have been changed for the better because of this visionary giant. It’s been a privilege working with him. Albert T. Primo will be missed. - Alan J. Weiss ... See MoreSee Less
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Whether they realize it or not, every TV news program owes a debt to Al Primo. He singlehandedly remade the way news is covered. A true visionary!Teen Kids News is privileged and proud to continue his legacy. #albertprimo #RIP ... See MoreSee Less
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