News-O-Matic was founded by Marc-Henri Magdelenat and Lillian Holtzclaw Stern. Our team shares the goal of informing children about current news and world events — and inspiring them to read on a daily basis.

Our company publishes three newspapers for children on smartphones, tablets and Internet. We started with the original News-O-Matic newspaper, which focuses on North American content.

In 2016, News-O-Matic struck partnerships with two French newspapers, Ouest France and Le Progrès, in order to create dimoitou news and Le Progrès des Enfants, two brand new digital newspapers for children, focusing on French content.

Meet our team of dedicated professionals !

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Russell Kahn

Editor-in-chief

Russell Kahn is an award-winning author of educational books, including aids for aspiring teachers and student guides to the Common Core State Standards. He managed and edited nonfiction titles on topics ranging from ballet to the U.S. presidential elections. He studied Print Journalism at Boston University and Elementary Education at Montclair State University.

Marc-Henri Magdelenat

Founder & CEO

Marc-Henri Magdelenat is a father of three kids and a serial media entrepreneur. He was the founder of TimeToSignOff and ScreenTonic, a mobile advertising pioneer acquired by Microsoft in 2007. He was a former director of the Mobile Advertising Association in North America. After serving as a French Navy Officer and graduating from the Paris Business School, he was an executive at Le Figaro, Unilever, and Coca-Cola.

Shakir Quaiser

Operations Manager

Shakir earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. John’s University, concentrating on finance and asset management. He has a background in management consultancy and software quality assurance in the healthcare industry.

Romain Tholimet

CTO

Romain studied Software programming in France at EPITECH (European Institute of Technology). After moving from Paris to San Francisco for his studies, he joined Europa Apps in Paris, a company dedicated to children’s apps. He co-founded Appy Agency and kept the idea to do his best to create enticing and engaging apps for children.