Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23
A man who made headlines as a kid by becoming the youngest person to interview a sitting president has died at the age of 23, The Palm Beach Post reported.
Damon Weaver was just 11 years old when he scored a sit-down interview with former President Obama in 2009. A Canal Point Elementary School student at the time, young Weaver asked Obama several questions in an approximately 10-minute interview in the White House Diplomatic Room that fueled Weaver’s dream of becoming a journalist.
On May 1, Weaver’s sister, Candace Hardy told the Post that he died of “natural causes.” However, no other information about Weaver’s death has been disclosed. At the time of his death, Weaver was studying communications at Albany State University in Georgia. He was looking forward to returning to school in the fall, Hardy said.
Hardy described Weaver’s interview with Obama as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
“That’s the only way to describe it,” she added. “It was life-changing for him.”
Among the questions Weaver asked Obama were if the president had the power to improve school lunches and if Obama would be willing to play NBA star Dwyane Wade in a one-on-one basketball game.
Weaver also interviewed Wade as well as President Biden, then a U.S. senator, and mogul Oprah Winfrey.
“Dwyane Wade was impressive and he gave me good advice,” Weaver previously told The Palm Beach Post. “He told me to stick with my dreams. And he told me that I’m a ‘cool’ person.”
Weaver hoped to pursue a career covering sports upon graduating from college, said Hardy, who recalled her brother as an inspiration to young kids.
“A lot of people looked up to him,” she said, according to the Post. “With him being so young, he made a way for more students to engage in journalism.”
Weaver’s funeral service will reportedly be livestreamed on the Brown & Bussey Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
Updated May 15, 8:52 p.m.
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