updated 06/27/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/27/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Flicking back her long chestnut hair with a manicured nail, 14-year-old TV journalist Kimberly Maher coolly questions ABC anchorman Frank Reynolds about his career. He's just one celebrity (others include boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and D.C. Mayor Marion Barry) who's appeared on WNKS' Washington News...Kidstyle. Kimberly's 25-minute monthly cable news show, which the 5'5" high school freshman from Gaithersburg, Md. anchors, films, writes, edits and produces, has been on the air since last January. Shown in Chicago and Detroit as well as D.C, the program opens with a drumroll, presents several news shorts, features an interview and includes "Nowadays," a waggish look at modern problems, done by Kimberly's brother, Jamey, 11. Off camera, Maher is chauffeured by her father, an Agriculture Department employee, and her mother, a consumer product tester. Kimberly got started in video while attending an elementary school equipped with a closed-circuit television station. Her junior high didn't have a studio, so Kimberly hunted down a sponsor to lend her equipment and then made several test pilots. Today she is television's youngest newscaster. As for the future. "I don't have a five-or 10-year plan," says Maher, but she intends to stay in television. Talk about a résume.