Damon Weaver, Child Reporter Who Interviewed Obama, Dies at 23

Damon Weaver, who at age 11 became one of the youngest people to interview a sitting president and later gained attention for scoring other high-profile interviews with celebrities such as Dwyane Wade and Oprah Winfrey, died on May 1. He was 23.

The death was confirmed by Candace Hardy, Mr. Weaver’s sister. The cause was not made known.

Ms. Hardy told WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla., that her brother had texted her while she was at work that he was in the hospital. By the time she went to see him, he had already died, she said.

In 2009, Mr. Weaver, then 11, conducted a sit-down interview with President Barack Obama in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, questioning him on topics like the Obama administration’s efforts to improve education in lower-income areas such as Mr. Weaver’s hometown, Pahokee, Fla., and Mr. Obama’s basketball skills.

“You did a great job at this interview, so someone must be doing something right at that school,” Mr. Obama told Mr. Weaver after the 11-year-old extended an invitation to come visit him at Kathryn E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary School in South Florida.

Mr. Weaver said that his favorite subjects in school at the time were reading and math and that he had goals of becoming a journalist one day and maybe even a football player, an astronaut or president.

“I’m very proud of him,” Regina Weaver, Mr. Weaver’s mother, told The A.P. “I never imagined that this project would go as far as it has gone.”

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