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

age 3+

Upbeat special helps empower kids during uncertain times.

Network: CNN (2020)
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Sesame/CNN: Standing Up to Racism

age 3+

Puppets, people tackle racism in great town hall special.

Network: CNN (2020)
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NBC News for Universal Kids

age 6+

Brief newscast encourages kids' media literacy awareness.

Network: Online (2019)
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NBC Nightly News Kids Edition

age 7+

Kid-oriented newscast helps teach media literacy.

Network: NBC (2020)
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Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special

age 8+

Star-studded special is a great conversation starter.

Network: Nickelodeon (2020)
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Nick News with Linda Ellerbee

age 11+

A must-see news program for teens and tweens.

Network: Nickelodeon (1992)
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How's Your News?

age 12+

Disabled reporters seek out news in honest reality show.

Network: MTV (2009)
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The Weekly

age 12+

Smart, emotional news show digs into hot topics.

Network: Hulu (2019)
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Where Do We Go From Here?

age 12+

Blunt, powerful Oprah-led panel about confronting racism.

Network: OWN (2020)
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

age 13+

News made funny; for teens and adults only.

Network: Comedy Central (1999)
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Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe

age 13+

Short, insightful convo about key issues to inspire change.

Network: HBO Max (2020)
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Teen Kids News

age 13+

Teens report for teens in lively news show.

Network: Syndicated (2003)
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60 Minutes on ID

age 14+

Same in-depth reports as namesake show, but in 30 minutes.

Network: Investigation Discovery (1968)
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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

age 14+

Funny, satirical news softer than Stewart, best for teens.

Network: Comedy Central (2015)
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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

age 14+

Fun, sharp late-night satire with Bee's usual smart humor.

Network: TBS (2016)
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

age 14+

Razor-sharp sampler of celebs, politics, and pop culture.

Network: CBS (2015)
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Vice Investigates

age 16+

Edgy, insightful docu has mature themes.

Network: Hulu (2019)
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