Tween reporter gets taste of J-school, awarded scholarship

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:46
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Phoenix Legg, 11-year-old journalist gets special scholarsh

Phoenix Legg was invited to the University of North Texas to spend the day as an honorary journalism student. His first stop was a meeting with UNT President Neal Smatresk and Provost Jennifer Cowley who surprised him with a special scholarship in recognition of his work as a budding journalist.
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DENTON (UNT), Texas — An 11-year-old journalist who’s made headlines for his work reporting on national elections is about to make the news again.

Young, yet already intrepid, reporter Phoenix Legg was invited to the University of North Texas to spend the day as an honorary journalism student. His first stop was a meeting with UNT President Neal Smatresk and Provost Jennifer Cowley who surprised him with a special scholarship in recognition of his work as a budding journalist.

From there, Legg, with his dad Matt in tow, attended a producer’s pitch meeting, reported on the day’s news, conducted interviews and anchored a live news broadcast. Legg visited the student-run media outlets – the NT Daily newsroom and the ntTV and KNTU-FM studios – as well as other facilities of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism and the Department of Media Arts.

Legg will complete his visit by attending UNT’s Distinguished Lecture Series event featuring CNN’s Don Lemon.

The curious Cedar Hill native garnered national attention during the 2016 presidential campaign, when at age 9, he convinced his father to buy a RV so the pair could travel the nation reporting on political events, interviewing protesters outside of the White House and covering election results. For example, in 2018, he became the youngest credentialed journalist at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

The Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas is one of the nation’s top journalism schools, with more than 1,200 students studying print & digital journalism, photojournalism, broadcast, advertising and public relations.

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