Little News Ears is a subscription-based streaming news for kids (and kids-at-heart) website. It’s for people who want to know what’s going on around the world in an easy way. Most of our shows are geared for 4 year-olds and up.
Little News Ears hits the big issues in news with sensitivity toward different points of view.
First time watching? Please be aware that Little News Ears aims to be positive, inspiring, challenging, funny, and educational–but it is something quite different than ‘kiddie news.’ Complex concepts are broken down whenever possible. War, violence, and generally nightmarish things are de-emphasized, if not ignored completely. Nevertheless, it was designed by educators in the vein of Fred Rogers teaching children about the Kennedy assassination. Though sitting near a parent is not required, it is advisable. We envision a world where parents and teachers stop to answer and ask questions about today’s world so kids can know what the adults are talking about.
A short sample of one of our shows is below and many more can be seen here on YouTube.
Who We Are…
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ZIGA
Ziga is an aspiring actress with a passion for performing and writing. She has experience in piano/keyboard, playwriting, comedy, songwriting, musical theatre, and improv. She is also a poet/spoken word artist, columnist, and has performed in many school, church, and professional virtual productions. When she’s not working, Ziga likes to listen to music, watch and play sports, read books, go on Pinterest, and play her piano.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / TAYLOR
Taylor is a young actor living in the UK. She has had multiple acting lessons, she is turning 14 in August, and she loves listening to music and being around her friends. Taylor will anchor a new show in the fall for Little News Ears.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / PRECIOUS
Precious aspires to take the world by storm through telling impactful stories. An actress, model, and screenwriter, Precious loves to perform and create. When she’s not on stage or screen, Precious loves making music, keeping up with politics, and spending time with her family.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / NOOPUR
Noopur (she/her) is an actor, director, singer, and orator. She is kind, silly, friendly, and always willing to help others. She loves drama and theater. She started her drama club for young kids in her community at 12 years and so far has had four successful productions. She sought to engage herself during the pandemic and participated in more than ten virtual plays throughout the county. She learned acting skills from two different acting schools. She is excited to be part of Little News Ears. Her show is called Nuntium.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / MARY
Mary is an actress and a dancer. She acts in Ukrainian theater, does ballroom dancing, plays the piano and swims. She wants to travel around the world and learn as much as she can.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / JORDYN
Jordyn is currently in modeling and acting classes and recently attended the International Modeling and Talent Association Competition where she walked away with an award for the best Kids Spot Script and one of the Most Sought After Female Talents. Jordyn has appeared on four tv shows (apple tv+, hbo, and nbc) and she also had a supporting role in a short film. She has 30 chickens, 2 ducks, 2 goats, a dog, and four siblings. She loves playing basketball, singing, and dancing. Her show, “Lights, Camera, Jordyn” debuted in late September.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / JONATHAN
“Today’s Wild News” host Jonathan is a 9 year old actor living in the USA. He is a true cowboy, quad rider, and a big time animal lover (especially cats, dogs, and squirrels). He enjoys helping to foster kittens for animal shelters and Rescues. Just like his show suggests, Jonathan is ready to take on anything “Wild” and give you the news story on it!”
LITTLE NEWS EARS / JASMINE
Jasmine is from England. She absolutely adores acting and theatre! She is 12 years old and loves cats and chocolate. She has been dancing since she was 2!
LITTLE NEWS EARS / HANNAH
Hannah is a 14 year-old model and actress who has played the flute for seven years. She is also an avid volleyball player. Hannah is passionate about law and hopes to be a lawyer some day. Her show, ‘In Awe of the Law’ premieres soon.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ERICKA
Ericka is a precocious student, with a curious mind. She loves all things cat and unicorn! Her show, Ericka’s News and Views will be debuting soon.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ELYSSA
Elyssa is an 11 year-old who lives in Oregon. She loves being outdoors and enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and downhill skiing. She likes animals and has a pet chinchilla and four goats. She has a passion for acting and has acted in an independent film and a music video. Her news show ‘WOW! News with Elyssa’ will highlight amazing feats and accomplishments by kids as well as discuss national news headlines. Elyssa can only be serious for a while, so watch until the end for her silliness to emerge!
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ANNABELLA AND JOHN
Annabella: I like to play tennis and do math problems! I don’t know about you but I love playing sports, travelling and tasting new yummy food! Be a cool bean and watch my show!
John: My name is John and I like to play any types of sports including football, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. I also have a brown belt in karate. I love to watch memes because I am funny and memes are too.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ANNABEL
Annabel is an 11-year-old British actor/singer/dancer living in the Pacific Northwest. Annabel loves animals, playing Minecraft with her friends, and jumping on her trampoline. She also enjoys creating videos like dance, sequences, and short movies! Annabel’s news for kids show focuses on climate change, endangered animals, and plants. ‘Extinction Status’ debuted in September.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ANIKA
Anika is 12 years old and she skipped a grade. She is very curious and is an actor herself.
She loves sports, arts and tech. She is host of The Spontaneous Works of Earth, a global news show. She would love for you to tune in to her show!
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ANGELINA
Angelina lives in Australia and she is an actor, singer, and dancer. Her upcoming show focuses on Australian animals.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ANDREW
Born in Chicago and raised in Iowa, teenage Andrew is passionate about music, dance and art. He’s always had a dream for bringing people together through art and his way of doing that is music. He wants people to feel like they have a home around him and also feel like they have a safe space.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ADDIE
Addie is excited to bring you stories highlighting some of our favorite animals! Six years old and from Florida, she enjoys dancing, singing and basically loving life! She is an actress and a model, and is thrilled to share her news stories with you! Be sure to tune in to Little News Ears with Addie!
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ADDY
Ten years old and from Australia, Addy is a model and an actress. She loves to sing, dance, and dress up. Her favorite outdoor things to do are jetskiing and dirt-bike riding. She is passionate about politics and hopes to make a difference one day. She has always said her goal is to become the president of the USA. However, realistically being from Australia, she is happy to settle for Prime Minister! Addy started a show on Little News Ears in September 2021.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / TANYA WHITE
Tanya White is an actor, poet, playwright and teacher. She is the creator of an upcoming character for a new show on Little News Ears.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / MICHELLE VOICE
Michelle Voice is the voice of Queen Zina: Weird and Gross News for Kids. Michelle is a British expat who has lived in the US for 13 years now. She is an elementary school teacher, loves anything drama or theatre related and has two young boys of her own, who both love Little News Ears.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / STEPHANIE TAYLOR
Stephanie Taylor is a NY based stage, film, TV, and voice actress originally from Texas. After a childhood of musical theatre, she’s gone on to work with regional theaters coast to coast. Internationally, she’s performed and taught Shakespeare in Italy and is the Head of Drama at The Main Idea in Maine. She has her BFA from NYU under the thumb of Stella Adler. Currently, you can hear her in radio plays on WPKN, as Prime Minister Tabitha Thompson in the podcast, Starcrossed, and as the Dragon Mizuchi in the upcoming animated series, Anodyne. She also occasionally guest stars on Cherry, Bird, Cow!
LITTLE NEWS EARS / MORGAN TARRANT
Morgan Tarrant is a stage and screen actress by day and an improv teacher by night. Some of her favorite roles include Jan (Grease), Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre (Spelling Bee) and Emily (A Christmas Carol). When she isn’t on stage she’s backstage helping or exploring the world with her soulmate. She also has a major role in a new dark universe web series debuting Halloween weekend through Zoocenia. She is the voice of Chooki and Pleep.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / DANIELLE SHEPHERD
Danielle is a consultant for LGBTQ related matters regarding Little News Ears. Danielle (she/her) loves to hike, work out, and spread kindness in the world. Working for an LGBTQ+ owned and run company, Only Human, she focuses on fighting for equity for all humans and doing more good in the world.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ANA PAEZ
Ana Paez is the voice with a unique accent for LatinX news on Little News Ears. Ana is from Northern Mexico who has lived in the US Pacific Coast and now in the East Coast for so many years. She has worked with children and enjoyed teaching children Spanish. Ana loves connecting with her inner child while finding creative ways to teach. She has three children of her own: one boy and twin girls who once kept her busy at home. Ana loves spending time in nature, taking walks while listening to the quietness of the morning, and the sound of birdsong.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / TIMMY ONG
Timmy Ong is an actor, singer, dancer, and musician, with experience in theatre, musical theatre, dance, concerts, ads, and short films. He also writes/creates theatrically under the Green-Eyed Monster Project. Hailing from and first trained in Malaysia, he is ever exploring the different but connected forms of the performing arts, and is looking to tell stories with new perspectives. He is the voice of Paxton.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / SANDRA MENARD
Hailing from Quebec, Sandra Menard joined the Little News Ears team in 2020 in a public relations role. One day Dan Buck heard her talking in a cartoon voice and the rest is history. She is the voice of Kiki. She also occasionally provides the voices for the Little News Ears podcast in French.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / STUART MAXHEIMER
Stuart Maxheimer is an actor and comedian located in the Southeastern USA. He is a very dedicated, versatile and hard-working actor. He takes on comedic and dramatic roles in film and television. He also has experience with doing stand-up across the Midwest, and hosting events. Stuart has a comedic news for kids show starting in the fall on Little News Ears.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / DANAI KADZERE
Danai is a mom of one tiny human and a children’s book author. Her most recent work is ‘The Princess Games,’ an adventure story that turns traditional fairytale tropes on their heads! When not writing, acting, or assisting her 23 inch boss, Danai likes to read, learn about the world around her, and explore. She is the voice of Temba.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / GLOW
Glow has a Doctorate in Psychology. She’s an actress, model, singer, dancer, athlete and cosplayer based in the Philippines. She is a total kid at heart who loves to explore various cultures. She has travelled and studied in different part of Asia and the United States. She loves New York City the most when she’s in the US. Glow has done a few award-winning US short films and been a child actor/model/singer/dancer/athlete in the Philippines. She loves joining and winning quiz bees, and beauty/talent/sports competitions.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / ALIA ETTIENNE
Alia Ettienne is a theatre writer, actor, performer and facilitator from Toronto, ON. Ettienne is of Afro Caribbean descent which often influences her performances and writing. Initially, she studied Performance at Sheridan College, moving on to explore Creative Writing and Arts Marketing. Her first solo piece, YellowZoned, premiered in The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival, remounting in Hamilton,ON on two separate occasions. This lead to her being featured in Hamilton’s View’s Magazine. Her creative wellness program, Chill N Do Art, has been running for a total of four years. This workshop series then inspired her to start the Creative Coping Kits Initiative, which attracted the attention of Toronto blog She In The City. Currently, she is most focused on The Creative Coping Kits Initiative, and writing her second full length piece Allow For Release: The Xiety Complex.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / DAN BUCK
Dan Buck created Zoocenia and Little News Ears in 2019 so that his young children would know more and could care more about the world. Co-founder of Sketchup, the University of Maryland sketch comedy troupe and a one-time assistant at DreamWorks, after dabbling in supporting roles on NBC and FOX and shooting a short film on a Warner Bros. lot, Dan Buck traveled the world for fifteen years, spending significant time in Sri Lanka, Germany, Brazil, Norway, Morocco, Albania, Thailand, and China. Abroad, he wrote two novels and became passionate about education and the news. In his day job he is a school leader. He is the voice of BoxerBlu, Bram, Jasper, Jarvis, Clementine, and Milo.
LITTLE NEWS EARS / DAVID BEACH
David Beach is an actor and comedian based in California. He does the voices of Enzo, Felix, and Winston, otherwise known as Cherry, Bird, Cow. More info about David can be found here.