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Nervous at first, then the questions flowed
June 8, 2019

June 2019 … Two student reporters who recently interviewed a biographer of a Revolutionary War-era health leader say they were nervous at first but then they got their footing.

In a news story published in the Healthy Saint, a Healthy NewsWorks newspaper at St. Martin de Porres Catholic School in Philadelphia, two reporters described their interview with Stephen Fried, author of Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father.

“Before the interview, I was anxious,” wrote Kenya Cook, an eighth grader. “However, during the press conference, I could see that Mr. Fried was a down-to-earth, humble, and friendly author. This realization allowed me to calm down and get through the interview successfully.”

“I had a wonderful time and hope that many people are inspired by Mr. Fried—and Benjamin Rush,” said Layoni Baldwin, also an eighth grader.

Kenya and Layoni were among eight reporters from four Healthy NewsWorks programs who visited The College of Physicians of Philadelphia for the interview. Dr. Rush helped found the college, the nation’s first medical society, in the 18th century.

They described their experience in the Summer 2019 issue of the Healthy Saint.

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