Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Team iReport's most memorable moments of 2009

It’s been an amazing year for CNN iReport: iReporters have shared so many incredible stories and iReport officially became a part of CNN.com. So we’d like to stop and remember some of the most compelling iReport stories of 2009.


lila: The year in iReport got off to a huge start when millions of people descended on the National Mall in Washington to watch President Obama’s inauguration. There were undoubtedly as many cameras there as people, and images of chilly and excited onlookers filled up iReport all day long. We stitched hundreds of them together in a very cool Photosynth of the day in pictures. My favorite iReports, though, were all the images we didn’t expect – not just from people on the Mall, but from iReporters all over the world who posed in front of their living room TVs as Obama took the oath of office live on CNN. One more reminder that if you build it, they will invent a new way to use it.

tyson: Undoubtedly, one of biggest stories of 2009 was the chaos that followed the Iranian elections this summer as thousands of defiant protesters swept into the streets and clashed with police. One iReport stands out vividly – a series of images that were taken just two days before the election as tens of thousands of supporters of pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi gathered at Tehran’s iconic Azadi “Freedom” Monument. These images would ultimately signal the start of a social media avalanche that documented the violent struggle for reform in Iran and captivate the world for months to come.

katie: One of my favorite moments of 2009 is one of the simplest – in honor of Sesame Street’s 40th anniversary, we asked iReporters to share a video tribute to a letter of the alphabet. Asathecomic chose the letter ‘N,’ and recorded a funny and sweet video with his son, Asa Jr. The style is spot-on Sesame Street, and watching little Asa yell “No!” still makes me giggle every time. His video was one of many that we featured in this video alphabet.

hhanks: EricInParis shared stunning photos of the moments after he and 154 passengers were rescued from the plane which crashed in the Hudson River back in January. Then in May, he shared an update video giving his first impressions upon receiving his lost luggage.


zdan: Back in April, we launched the iReport Photo Club and one of the first photo essays we received took my breath away. iReporter Shahsazzad spent months in his town of Dhaka, Bangladesh, capturing reflections in water. He strived to show reflections of truth. Shahsazzad explained that reflections in the water, much like those in a mirror, don’t lie. He struggled with heat and monsoons as he tried to get the perfect shots, but he never gave up.

davidw: First of all, it's really hard (if not impossible) to point to my favorite iReport of the year. We've got so many talented iReporters who shared creative, powerful and personal stories. So instead of picking a favorite, I want to highlight PhilHansen's unique use of art to tell the stories of the day. He created a portrait of himself with photos of his nipples to draw attention to Facebook's policy of removing photos that showed nipples – including pictures of breastfeeding women. A few days later, he followed up with a story on how the popular social network reacted when he posted the photo on the site.

nsaidi: This was probably one of seeitnow's finest productions as he investigated an "Alice in Wonderland" festival in Vancouver, British Columbia, in July. The superstar iReporter has covered everything from the local economy to snakes in the heart of Central America, but for this piece, he perfectly captured the twisted essence of the surrealist children's book. Participants were going after a record number of Alices in one place, but the March Hare and other key players were also on hand for the festivities. Excellent footage, great natural sound and tight editing with strong dialogue made this one of my favorites from the year.

rachel8: I loved hearing the story of the 10-year-old who played an important role in Apollo 11 . We celebrated the 40th anniversary of putting a man on the moon in July, and gforce59 submitted an iReport explaining how, as a kid, he "saved the mission" as Apollo 11 hurtled back towards Earth. An antenna at a NASA tracking station failed, and he was the only one with arms small enough to repair it. gforce59 sent his firsthand account of what happened, shared photos of his family with Neil Armstrong -- who gave him a nice thank-you note after the mission landed safely – and even a "money shot" of himself fixing the antenna .

Thanks to every iReporter who sent his or her stories in 2009, and here’s to an even bigger and better 2010!

December 30, 2009
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It is a pleasure being an iReporter.  I enjoy doing iReport assignments.  I enjoy viewing my fellow iReporters reports.  This is a great site that offers news from all over the world by ireporters like myself.  I enjoy reporting what happens in my corner of the world here in vermont.  I look forward to another wonderful year of being a CNN iReporter.  Wishing a Happy New Year to all you hard working CNN iReporter producers.


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December 30, 2009
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Hey Pizzaman:  How do you get to be a iReporter?  This sounds like something that I would like to do.  Can you enlighten me?  Thanks

December 30, 2009
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My favorite sory was that of Dax Locke here in Washington, IL. I cannot beleive what strength that little two year old boy had and what he did to bring a community together. He is an angel. I hope folks continue to donate monies to St.Jude in his name.

He passed away this morning. His heart stopped at around 2:15 in the morning. He will be missed. Every year from now on when I put out my Christmas lights I will think of that little boy and his family. I hope he can see them from heaven.

As his mother said in her journal"Cherish every moment".

December 30, 2009
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Thank-You i-Reports for an exciting 2009 Year!


Living in Florida gives me a Great! Opportunity to film the Space Shuttle and some of the weather and communication satellite rockets from Cape Canaveral.

It’s so exciting to capture on film that I get “goose bumps” when they launch,

from the “Roaring Sound” they produce…

You guys are the Best!

I have the Opportunity to share my expertise for the rest of the World to see

with i-Reports! And I wish for even a more thrilling year in 2010 with more excitement!


Happy New Year!

i-Reports and CNN

Rocket / Man


December 30, 2009



December 31, 2009
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Happy New Year everyone!! I hope that the coming year is a productive and creative one for all of us. Thanks for letting me share my thoughts and toons with the world.

December 31, 2009
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WOW!!! my pic in the first position!!! And on the front page of CNN all day Tuesday!!! thanks. Both my grandkids love it when I paint their faces. They always look forward to it

December 31, 2009
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Again...WOW!!! on the front page 12/31 thanks

January 1, 2010

I like watching iReports. Some are better than others but I like seeitnow with his amazing adventures. He reminds me of Indiana Jones with a quick, witty and quirky sense of humour. He needs a show of his own.

January 2, 2010
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From the virtual world of Second Life, here's Vickie Maidstone


LOL!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR and also from the virtual world of Second Life I'm Vickie Maidstone, and certainly in 2010 you'll have more stories coming from Second Life as we take off in the new year with a clean page sharpen pencils, laptops and cell phone cameras as we together help make CNN and Ireport, truly THE number one news source!!!

January 2, 2010
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Happy New Year and Happy iReporting!

January 28, 2010
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I think the iReporter concept is amazing concept. There were so many story that were truely amazing. I own a Sarasota web Design firm and would love to do this.
January 30, 2010
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Its Been A Great experience reading your reports :) ... bookmarked this site by Desktop Background Wallpapers
January 30, 2010
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Really had some fun on the site this year, being tucked away in Norfolk means we dont get to see many of these news stories locally. Please keep up the good work and heres to a great 2010.
February 4, 2010
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February 4, 2010
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What a talented team of writers. CNN is the best news sourch IMO. fair and direct. registry cleaner reviews
February 5, 2010
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Congratulation iReport of becoming official part of CNN.com. All the reports yet published by iReports are trustworthy and informative. People believe them a lot. Thanks for turning back and sharing various memorable events of 2009. All these events have a great impact in our history. Best of luck for your forthcoming performance in 2010.UK broadband
February 5, 2010
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I loved the Sesame Street video tribute Keep up the good work, we appreciate it! Princess cut engagement rings
February 11, 2010
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i love reading the cnn news site and blog there is always great news on topics from around the world i never ever thought were happening, there are also great internet tips on this site, thanks!
February 11, 2010
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February 12, 2010
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I never doubted this is the one of biggest stories of 2009 was the chaos that followed the Iranian elections this summer as thousands of defiant protesters swept into the streets and clashed with police. -
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April 16, 2010
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This has been an eventful year and I want to touch up on a few moments that seem to have defined 2009. First off, the economic situation is probably what this year will be most remembered by when all is said and done. The economic crisis has been in full effect in 2009, and the earlier part of the year was one of the worst financial times in recent memory. The inauguration of Barack Obama ushered in a new political era, not to mention the milestone he set by taking as the first ever African American president. This will be seen as a defining moment too. Then, of course, there have been the unfortunate deaths of various celebrities. From Walter Cronkite to Farrah Fawcett and Patrick Swayze, not to mention many others, we've lost many celebrities in 2009, unfortunately. The most memorable one stands on its own though. The loss of Michael Jackson, the true king of pop. This occurred during late June and took over the news for at least a week or two following his death. Michael Jackson will be missed, and he has certainly left his mark on the world. As you can see, 2009 has been a very interesting year.
April 16, 2010
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April 17, 2010
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