While many kids get a car for their sixteenth birthday, Connor McCrory got a bullet-proof vest so that he could follow a car-chase story.
The California native began reading the Sunday newspaper with his grandparents at age eleven and has had a passion for the news ever since. As a teenage freelance crime reporter for several papers and a photographer for Getty Images, Connor has been a journalist since 2017. During the time his classmates wrote book reports on Macbeth, Connor was writing about the high-profile Jeremy Dewitte police officer impersonation case.
But that’s not all! Connor is also the Co-founder of Horizon Talent Management, a talent agency for TikTok and YouTube creators. Dubbed “Manager Fletch” by his friends, Connor secures speaking engagements, brand sponsorships, and appearances. Putting his journalist hat on, Connor has also interviewed big-time influencers such as James Charles and Danielle Cohn.
Connor seamlessly bridges new and old media. Although he is involved in two industries often pitted against each other, Connor believes that both mediums can and will co-exist but through different mechanisms. He said, “… journalism will never die, but the form of how it’s delivered to people will change.”
If that’s true, expect to hear a lot more from this teenage crime reporter and digital influencer talent manager. For his seventeenth birthday, maybe Connor will add the next media gamechanger to his growing empire.
Born in New York City and now a frequent visitor, Liv moved to Miami at a young age and is a student at Ransom Everglades School where she is a member of the Speech & Debate and Academic teams. Liv is fifteen years old and most passionate about politics and innovation in education systems. An aspiring political analyst, in Fall 2020, Liv is launching Phos, a YouTube series for high school students that shines a light on and dissects recurring issues in the news and current events from multiple perspectives. She is thrilled to contribute to Gen Z Identity Lab to help share diverse points of view that move peer conversations from thoughts to actions to change.