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Highlights Works with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation/Seacrest Studios

Columbus, OH • Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Highlights for Children, Inc. is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation that will bring the company’s Highlights Hangout podcast to kids in several pediatric hospitals around the United States kicking off with the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (Orange County, California) and the Children’s National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.).  This unique relationship will provide hundreds of hospitalized children and their families an audio retreat into a world of fun and engaging segments, hosted by Grammy Award winner, Tim Kubart and improv artist Juanita Andersen. Each 20-minute show features kids’ favorites from Highlights Magazine, including Goofus and Gallant, Ask Arizona, The Hidden Sound Game, and listener-submitted HangMail which features jokes, tongue twisters, poems and wow-worthy science questions answered by NPR’s Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz.

“We are so happy to have an opportunity to align the Highlights mission of nurturing children and bringing smiles to kids’ faces to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s mission of leaving a lasting impact on children’s lives by contributing positively to the healing process for children and their families,” said Fran Greenman-Schmitz, Senior Vice-President of Brand & Strategic Partnerships for Highlights. “Through this relationship, Highlights Hangout will be broadcast in hundreds of pediatric hospital rooms, delivering beloved Highlights content an engaging new way to the children who most need a smile”.

Highlights Hangout brings Highlights Magazine, an American icon, to life in a whole new way. The podcast continues the mission of the Highlights brand and its “fun with a purpose” approach, which for the past 72 years has helped children become their best selves by creating content and experiences that engage, delight, and foster joyful learning.  Highlights Hangout is available for wherever podcasts are available including Apple Podcasts, and at

About Highlights

Highlights is a beloved global media brand dedicated to helping children become curious, creative, caring, and confident™ through engaging content and experiences that are focused on nurturing and developing the whole child. Through stories, poems, puzzles, jokes/riddles, science, art, and more, kids are encouraged to think, problem solve, and build their literacy skills while having fun. Highlights reaches children 0–12 with their most popular magazines (Highlights, Highlights Hello, Highlights High Five, Highlights High Five Bilingüe [English/Spanish]), digital apps, books, toys/games, and a podcast incorporating classic favorites like Hidden Pictures® puzzles, Goofus and Gallant®, Dear Highlights letters, and more. To learn more and connect with Highlights, visit,, Highlights Hangout, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

About the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF)

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. RSF’s first initiative is to build broadcast media centers, named Seacrest Studios, within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. RSF’s aim is to contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families during their stay by developing these centers to bring an uplifting spirit to the hospital community. We believe access to multimedia experiences will bring patients exciting and stimulating adventures to encourage optimistic thoughts during treatment. It is also important to us to reach out to the community and involve students from local journalism schools by providing them with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in broadcasting, programming and operating a multimedia center. To learn more, visit

For more information, contact: Megan Lloyd Payne, Highlights Communications Manager 

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