Picks and Pans Review: Deidra Shores Today's New Kid Reporter

updated 11/30/2009 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/30/2009 01:00AM

>• The Memphis native, 13, beat out thousands of kids to become a Today correspondent.

ON BECOMING A JOURNALIST

When I was growing up, I saw how fun the job looked. I thought, this is something I have to do.

ON HER REPORTING EXPERIENCE

I used to report the news in front of my air conditioner at home. I would say, "I'm in a heavy storm and it's snowing."

ON MEETING THE TODAY HOSTS

Ann [Curry] always encouraged me. When I found out I won, I got teary-eyed and she hugged me. She's so cool!

ON HER DREAM INTERVIEW

Tyler Perry! He's funny but also serious with his comedy. It's a cool way to approach people about different things.

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