Meriden youth covers the news for AG am

Story and photo by Holly Davis

Conrad Kabus, a 15-year-old news reporter for AG am in Kansas, keeps busy this summer with his new job and hobby.

AG am in Kansas is a television news program with its main purpose being to promote and publicize local people, places, businesses, and events related to agriculture.

Kabus got the job after his father, John Kabus with Shawnee County weed department, was interviewed by the AG am crew. AG am needed extra help, and Kabus became the new kid reporter.

Conrad Kabus

Conrad Kabus worked the Jefferson County 4-H Fair as a TV reporter for AG am in Kansas. The Meriden youth is getting an early start at the age of 15. Photo by Holly Davis

Kabus has attended seven different agricultural events this year including fairs in Atchison, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, and Shawnee counties. He’s also reported on Hoyt and Horton 4-H fairs. His interviews include projects from all categories.

He can relate to those he interviews because he has been involved in 4-H for nine years with the Clover Power 4-H Club of Meriden.

His projects include crops, forestry, horticulture, and photography. “The 4-H program has been with me since I could walk. I always come back and know that this is the most rewarding thing I do,” Kabus said.

Because Kabus is a young reporter, he often faces discrimination from the public. “It’s intimidating to walk into a room full of adults while everyone asks why the kid is holding the camera,” Kabus said, “I’m often told I’m too young.”

Kabus’s age comes in handy for the purpose of his job. He interviews the youth of agriculture, particularly, ages 8 to 19. He targets kids and young farmers involved in FFA and 4-H.

“Kid-to-kid interviewing is much more comfortable (for both the interviewer and interviewee),” Kabus said.

Homework has a new meaning for this reporter. In his free time, Kabus enjoys creating small, amateur documentaries. He also enjoys acting and photography. He lives near Meriden, but attends Seaman High School where he is vice president of the FFA chapter.

“I don’t think a person can ever be too well-rounded. You can be anything you want to be and still be the same person. It’s possible,” Kabus said.

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