Former Kid Reporter Deidra Shores headed to college - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former Kid Reporter Deidra Shores headed to college

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Former Today Show Kid Reporter, Deidra Shores, is all grown up and starting a new chapter of life: college.

In 2009, America voted in favor of Shores, who was only 12 years old at the time.

Now at 18, Shores is a Cordova High School graduate working part-time at the mall and interning at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

"For the longest time I was like 'I can't wait to graduate. I can't wait to graduate,' and then you finally do it and it's like 'Oh my goodness, this is a milestone'," Shores said.

WMC Action News 5 followed Shores from her transition to middle school and high school.

"Our Cordova Wolf Pack, we had our own little news station that we broadcast throughout the school," she explained.

Over the last six years, Shores served as a voice for youth around the city.

This fall, she is headed to Clark-Atlanta University where she will major in Mass Communications. She said she hopes to use her talents in acting, reporting, and radio.

"One day I'm super excited to leave and I'm like, 'Finally I'm breaking free,' and then other days it's like, 'I'm going to miss Memphis. Memphis is a part of me,'" she said.

When asked if she realized that many viewers confuse her with WMC Action New 5's Jerica Phillips, Shores said she's noticed the same mix-up many times.

"Yes, I guess we look alike or I don't know what it is, but people tell me all the time when they see me they're like, 'Oh, you're Jerica Phillips,' and I'm like, 'I'm Deidra,'" Shores laughed.

Shores said the Kid Reporter position opened countless doors and she plans to make the most of her influence.

"I'd like to be an ambassador to Memphis and be able to go other places and educate people about what is happening in the 901," she said.

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