He’s in middle school, editor of the school paper.
He had never covered a campaign rally.
So, why not start at the top?
Thirteen-year-old Jack Burchess, Editor and Chief of the Grand Island Westridge Journal, decided to take his shot. When he heard President Donald Trump would campaign near Nebraska, he acted. He went to President Trump’s political website, saw the media access link, and applied for credentials to cover Trump’s visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
“Thinking that there was no way that I would be granted access,” Burchess tells Radio Iowa. “I got an email Sunday afternoon, approving my credentials. I was absolutely ecstatic and mainly shocked.”
Burchess, an eighth grader, became one of the hundreds of journalists covering the Trump visit. He says the tight security and the restrictions of movement at the event held at the Mid-America Center surprised him.
So, is Burchess a budding journalist?
“Actually, I want to get into politics,” he says. “I want to be a politician; first a senator and it will snowball from there.”
O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa, contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]