During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been very important for many of us to find sources of good news and happy things to keep our minds off the bad stuff that’s been happening recently in the media.
Actor John Krasinski, with the help of lots of friends, has been a leading force in this movement with his short news segment called “Some Good News.” He’s recruited people from around the globe who are doing good things in an effort to spread happiness and peace to the rest of us who could use a little pick-me-up. One thing John probably didn’t know he was doing, however, was inspiring a young woman who can barely talk to create her own good news show.
15-year-old Reagan Fast has autism and is mostly nonverbal. She has spent much of her life fighting to communicate her profound thoughts with verbal people, and what she can’t say out loud, she says with the help of a letterboard and her parents’ interpretations.
Inspired by Krasinski’s “Some Good News” (“SGN”) and her English teachers at Grand Island High School, Reagan decided to write her own scripts and make her own good news show where she could share some great moments from her own life and spread some cheer to her friends across the globe.
Reagan one-uped John Krasinski’s “Some Good News” with the title “Some Really Good News,” which might give you a sneak peek into her personality and unique sense of humor.
Reagan does the reporting on her good news show herself, but when she can’t get the words out verbally, she uses her letterboard or gets help from her parents to tell the story.
“It is fun to make connections with people and celebrate the good things they do for each other,” says Reagan. “It also helps me keep less focused on myself and think more of others.”
In her show, Reagan shares how social distancing has increased her stress and anxiety, but this is something she’s wanted to draw attention to for some time, because many people with disabilities and disorders feel socially distant on a regular basis, not just during a pandemic.
If you watch “Some Really Good News,” you’ll see Reagan teach you how to make a face mask out of a t-shirt, talk about what’s going on in her life right now, and more.
Check out the video below to learn more about this special young lady and her new good news show.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?