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Welcome! Here There Everywhere is a news website/blog designed for elementary and older school-aged children. Its purpose is to show kids how they are connected to their world and introduce them to the people and events shaping it.  It credits children with being interested in and being able to understand some of the more newsy topics (though there will be lots of the fun stuff, too!). HTE can be read with a caregiver or without.

Why News? Kids, this is for you.

News is really a kind of storytelling, only the stories are all true and it pretty much all just happened. Knowing what’s in the news is a way to be connected to our community, nation and world; it can give us important information about something we may need to know, or information to help us make the best possible choices. It can inspire us, and it’s a way to share ideas and help form opinions – especially when all sides of a story are heard. It helps us understand each other better (and that’s important these days). Knowing what’s going on in the world around us also teaches us the importance of staying curious and asking questions.

There’s a lot that goes on in the world every day. A lot. And since we can’t hear about everything, we have to choose some things to talk about over others, figure out what’s most important or most interesting … and start there. Some of the news is serious, some of it’s funny. Some of it resonates immediately and we see its relevance right away. Some of it we never will, and that’s okay too.

One of the things I love about news is that people have communicated about their world since the beginning of time. Sharing experiences is something that’s done no matter where in the world people live, and no matter what point in time they live. News is in our nature.

Who am I?

Before becoming a mom, I spent my entire career at NBC Network News’ Today show. I booked and produced stories for host Matt Lauer and the show in general. I covered a whole range of stories including the Olympics, elections, triumphs and tragedies. I worked with leaders, celebrities, and everyday people in the middle of something extraordinary. It was kind of like having a backstage pass … to everything! In telling my kids what I did, I explained that we used to find out about the newest and most interesting things going on from all over the place, everyday. And then we’d have those people come on our show to tell us what was happening, or sometimes we’d help tell their stories for them.

When I became a mom, I left my job there but never lost interest in what was going on in the world. I used to read the news to my kids when they were in the bath (captive audience, literally), and called it The Bathtub Report. That evolved into a monthly news discussion in my son’s 2nd grade class (Thanks, Mrs. C.). It was definitely not referred to as The Bathtub Report anymore (my son would have been horrified). But that, in turn, evolved into HTE.

I encourage questions and comments from you or your child. Please tell me what you like, what you don’t, what you’d like to see more of, and less of, as well. And any stories you’d like to see. You can email me or visit the Contact page.

A big thank you also to my husband and friends for supporting this idea from day 1.

Enjoy.

Claudia David Heitler