11/30/2009 at 01:00 AM EST
>• 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.