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4-H teens learn how media impacts politics

Three hundred Washington State teens learned how the role of media can impact politicians, legislation and public opinion at this year’s 4-H Know Your Government Conference. 

The 4-H Know Your Government Conference is a hands-on educational opportunity for youth ages 14 -18. Teens had the opportunity to take on responsibilities of writers, reporters, researchers and photographers and see first hand how their journalistic style impacts the way a story is told and the affect it may have on decision makers and policy.

Over the weekend, events were held at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia.  On Friday, Feb. 16, KIRO radio host Ron Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Regan and KIRO’s Chief Political Analyst, spoke to the 4-H teens.  Teens also heard from Adam Wilson, political writer for The Olympian, Ian Fox, KGY reporter and Nicole Sanchez from KCPQ-TV news about their roles as journalists and how they cover political issues. TVW President Cindy Zehnder also spoke at the legislative luncheon. 

More information and a video can be found by visiting

(Matthew Barrett, 17 of Lakewood, Ron Reagan, political analyst and son of former President Ronald Reagan, Kathryn Slaybaugh, 17 of Puyallup.)

(Nearly 300 teens from around the state took on the roles of reporters, researchers, photographers and editors during the event February 16 – 19 which focused on politics and the media.)

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