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Damon Weaver (1998–2021), young reporter who interviewed President Obama

by Linnea Crowther

Damon Weaver was an aspiring journalist who became the youngest person to interview a sitting president when he interviewed President Barack Obama at age 11.

A dream of being a journalist

Weaver was a reporter for the TV newscast at his elementary school, Florida’s Kathryn E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary School, when he had his opportunity to interview the president. He had previously had a chance to ask a question of Vice President Joe Biden at a 2008 campaign event, and after he sent in several requests to interview the president, he got his chance in 2009. Weaver asked Obama questions including “As president, you get bullied a lot. How do you handle it?” and “Do you have the power to make school lunches better?” Later, Weaver interviewed other notable people, such as Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dwayne Wade. He graduated from Royal Palm Beach Community High School in 2016 and received his degree in communications from Albany State University in 2020. He intended to become a sports journalist and hoped to cover the NFL.

Notable quote

“I like being a reporter because you get to learn a lot of things, you get to meet nice people and you get to travel a lot.” —from a 2009 interview for the Associated Press

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Full obituary: The Palm Beach Post

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