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WDEL's Delaware Stories
with Mellany Armstrong


Newark student reports from conventions

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A young man from Newark gets a unique opportunity to report from the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

Ricky Freebery says he's been a news junkie since he was 8.

"It was me in my room pretending to have a radio station," he said.

The 23-year-old graduated in May from Lynn University in Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism with a minor in media and politics. Now he's going for his master's.

"I had always been curious, as a little boy, about how our world operates, and my grandfather watched a lot of news and would asked me questions about what I thought about politics," Freebery said.

Freebery and four other Lynn students will be interviewing delegates and candidates reporting through print, online, broadcast and social media from Tampa and Charlotte, N.C.

"We are going to ask questions about student loans, student housing debt. I would like to see what both parties have to say about helping those with special needs and learning disabilities, that's something near to my heart," he said.

So what's in his future?

"I like the variety of being able to be a general assignment reporter, or a format that would allow me, either it be producing or on the air," he said.



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