When critics went after this 9-year-old reporter, she shut them down like a true professional

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This is 9-year-old Hilde Kate Lysiak​.

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Posted by Orange Street News on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Lysiak just so happens to run one of her town's monthly newspapers, Orange Street News, in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

And this newspaper ain't your average lemonade stand, either — this girl has a genuine news sense and a real talent for reporting.

Saturday afternoon, Lysiak got a tip about police activity just a few blocks from her home. As any good reporter would do, she rushed to the scene and learned that police were investigating a murder.

She was actually the first to break the story, too. Not even the community paper could keep up with her.

But no matter what level of journalistic integrity the third grader maintained in her reporting, people still sought to cut her down because of her age and her gender.

"I think this is appalling that u would do a story like this when all the facts are not in yet," wrote one nasty commenter on the paper's Facebook page. Her parents came under fire, too. "Does no one realize that this is a 9-year-old reporting this type of graphic information!" wrote a Facebook poster. "I mean, what parents are encouraging this type of behavior!"

And Lysiak wants the world to know that she's just not having any of it.

In a video recently uploaded to her YouTube channel, Lysiak fired back at the critics both professionally and epically.

"If you want me to stop covering news," Lysiak said, looking dead straight into the camera, "then you get off your computers and do something about the news. There, is that cute enough for you?"

YOU TELL 'EM, HILDE. Keep on telling the truth like it is.

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