WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) – A student reporter who received national acclaim when he interviewed President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009 has died of natural causes, his family says.
Damon Weaver was 23 when he died on May 1, his sister Candas Hardy told the Palm Beach Post. No further details were reported. He had studied communications at Albany State University in Georgia.
Weaver was 11 years old when he interviewed Obama for 10 minutes in the Diplomatic Room on August 13, 2009, asking questions focused primarily on education. It covers school lunches, bullying, conflict resolution and how to succeed.
Weaver then asked Obama to be his “pet,”
“Absolutely,” Obama said with a smile and shook the boy’s hand.
He used the meeting to later interview Oprah Winfrey and athletes such as Dwayne Wade.
“He was just a nice man, real, very intelligent,” Hardy said. “Very frank, outgoing. He never refused anyone. ”
Weaver started in fifth grade when he volunteered for school news at KE Cunningham / Canal Point Elementary in a farming community on the shores of Lake Okeechobee.
“Damon was the kid who ran after me in the hall to tell me he was interested,” his teacher Brian Zimmerman told the Post Office in 2016. And I immediately saw the potential for the way he was in front of the camera. You could see his personality passing. He wasn’t nervous when he was in front of the camera. “