How the Story of a Real-Life 13-Year-Old Investigative Reporter Became an Apple TV+ Series

Apple TV+ blends fiction with truth in its upcoming Jon M. Chu-produced drama series “Home Before Dark,” based on the true story of young investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak.

Her story is known — the now 13-year-old started a local paper called the Orange Street News in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania when she was just nine years old. She found viral fame when she broke an exclusive report on a murder that happened down the street from her home and scooped the other local paper by several hours, going onto becoming the youngest member of the Society for Professional Journalists and win Junior Zenger Award for Press Freedom in 2019.

But Apple TV+, which made its first appearance at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Sunday, found a fresh angle to tell Lysiak’s story in a few key ways — by mining the emotional details of her relationship with her father, weaving in some strategic fictional elements,

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