Best News Shows for Kids

Teaching kids how to be savvy interpreters of the news is more critical than ever. There's so much to sift through that even adults can feel overwhelmed -- and be misled. Luckily, there's a trend in programming designed to deliver essential information to kids in a way they can understand. These expertly vetted picks are a great way to turn kids on to news shows while providing them with the facts (with as little bias as possible). Whether it's a show bringing breaking news to families or a docuseries offering a retrospective look at social change, these picks will help keep kids informed. For more ways to build media literacy, check out Best News Sources for Kids and Educational TV Shows for Kids.

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The ABCs of COVID-19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids TV Poster Image
Upbeat special helps empower kids during uncertain times.
Network: CNN
(2020)
(2020)
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Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism (A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families) TV Poster Image
Puppets, people tackle racism in great town hall special.
Network: CNN
(2020)
(2020)
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NBC News for Universal Kids TV Poster Image
Brief newscast encourages kids' media literacy awareness.
Network: Online
(2019)
(2019)
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NBC Nightly News Kids Edition TV Poster Image
Kid-oriented newscast helps teach media literacy.
Network: NBC
(2020)
(2020)
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Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special TV Poster Image
Star-studded special is a great conversation starter.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2020)
(2020)
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Nick News with Linda Ellerbee TV Poster Image
A must-see news program for teens and tweens.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
(1992)
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How's Your News? TV Poster Image
Disabled reporters seek out news in honest reality show.
Network: MTV
(2009)
(2009)
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The Weekly TV Poster Image
Smart, emotional news show digs into hot topics.
Network: Hulu
(2019)
(2019)
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Where Do We Go From Here? TV Poster Image
Blunt, powerful Oprah-led panel about confronting racism.
Network: OWN
(2020)
(2020)
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart TV Poster Image
News made funny; for teens and adults only.
Network: Comedy Central
(2005)
(1999)
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Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe TV Poster Image
Short, insightful convo about key issues to inspire change.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Teen Kids News TV Poster Image
Teens report for teens in lively news show.
Network: Syndicated
(2006)
(2003)
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60 Minutes on ID TV Poster Image
Same in-depth reports as namesake show, but in 30 minutes.
Network: Investigation Discovery
(2010)
(1968)
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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah TV Poster Image
Funny, satirical news softer than Stewart, best for teens.
Network: Comedy Central
(2015)
(2015)
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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee TV Poster Image
Fun, sharp late-night satire with Bee's usual smart humor.
Network: TBS
(2016)
(2016)
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert TV Poster Image
Razor-sharp sampler of celebs, politics, and pop culture.
Network: CBS
(2015)
(2015)
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Vice Investigates TV Poster Image
Edgy, insightful docu has mature themes.
Network: Hulu
(2019)
(2019)
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