Monday, May 03, 2010
iReporter makes CNN debut on Larry King Live

What a weekend it's been for mattgderby.

It was going to be just a quick vacation to New York City. But Saturday, he was evacuated from Times Square along with thousands of others after police found an SUV packed with explosives. He couldn't get into his hotel until midnight. Sunday morning, he logged onto iReport for the first time, uploaded the videos he'd shot during the evacuation, and received a call from yours truly. By that afternoon his videos had been linked on the CNN.com homepage and viewed thousands of times. And by Sunday evening, he'd done multiple interviews with CNNers, including the video you see above – a live interview on Larry King Live.

Thanks so much to mattgderby – a first-time iReporter (!) – for sharing his experience with CNN and navigating through all those interviews with professional-seeming ease. And thanks also to the other iReporters who did a brilliant job of letting us see what was going on in Times Square. kpertiet showed us how people had to sleep in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis since they couldn't get into their hotel rooms on Saturday night, and longtime iReporter and New Yorker sjunat55 captured the "eerie combination" of police investigation and normal Times Square activity on Sunday morning. Thanks, iReporters, for once again stepping it up during breaking news and showing us the story from your perspective.

24 Comments
May 3, 2010
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congrats Matthew :)

and glad you are safe!

May 4, 2010
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Does all this really surprise the U.S. government because it doesnt surprise me in more ways than many they are the ones to blame for all these events it doesnt take a NASA engineer to figure all this out! The vendor whom noticed and reported this should very well be awarded a metal at least for his alertness and bravery in reporting this he could have just left the area in fear that if he did stop it his life then would possibly be in danger but because of his very quick actions he saved numerous lives and family incomes.

May 4, 2010

The plot was to kill Americans.. DUH!!!   glad the person got caught!!!

May 4, 2010
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Its just a matter of time before one of these idiots are successful.  We need to make our boarders so tight and so hard to enter America that these idiots cant make it here to kill us. 

 

Its a holly war, Muslims vs everyone else. 

May 4, 2010

Ever heard of the California/Mexico canal?  We need one of those surrounding us...  I'd even be willing to pay a bit more taxes to get it done..

May 4, 2010
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i think this is a diversion of what is to come he was caught way to easy they want to catch us offguard something else i feel is instore

May 5, 2010
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OK what else is going to happen, everyone keeps saying the world is gonna end soon, maybe because you have try-hards out there doing stupid things like this.

May 6, 2010

Congrats Matt! Good job as an Ireporter!

May 6, 2010
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Congratulation to mattgderby

 

Very nice for the first-time iReporter hehe... ;)

May 6, 2010
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Great reporting - Matt,  kpertiet  and Julio (sjunat55)

May 6, 2010
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congratulations

May 10, 2010
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Congratulations MattGDerby. Sometimes it's all about being at the right place at the right time. Sometimes it's being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In either case, it's all about the timing, and being prepared to capture and share it. Great job. You were very professional.

May 11, 2010
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WE HAVE A STORY... I WAS IN MS FOR 4 DAYS AFTER THE TORNADOES IN THE DELTA STATE.  GOVERNOR BARBOUR, HIS WIFE, A FUNNY POLITICIAN... ANIMAL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, AUTISTIC CHILDREN'S RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, AND RACISM TO JUST BEGIN....

 

WE HAVE OVER 2 GB OF RAW VIDEO DOWNLOADED ON TO A JUMP DRIVE.  NBC (JACKSON) AIRED A LOOTING STORY ON OUR INFORMATION WE TOOK TO THEM.  GOT SHUT DOWN ON THE OTHER.  "CAN'T GO AFTER THE GOVERNOR" AND I END QUOTE.  757-968-8592, good stuff here, and I have a friend with the video that lives in that hell hole! I THINK CNN WOULD BE THE PERFECT CANDIDATE TO TAKE THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE.  AND TO CERTAINLY KEEP HIM FROM ACTUALLY THINKING HE HAS A CHANCE IN 2012.. HIS TERM IS UP, AND HE HAS TO DO SOMETHING!  YOU GUYS KNOW WHAT HE REPRESENTS RIGHT? YOU'VE CALLED HIM OUT TIME AND TIME AGAIN.  THIS IS WHAT YOU GUYS NEED TO PROVE IT!

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May 21, 2010
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OK WITH THIS WHOLE BOMBIN THING IT IS CRAZY HOW HE GOIN 2 MAKE A BOMB AND LET IT EXPLODE IN TIME SQUARE BUT HIS BOMB DIDN'T EXPLODE WHICH WE ALL SHOULD B THANKFUL FOR BUT WE AMERICANS ALL NEED 2 LOOK OUT AND REPORT THIS STUFF BECAUSE SOMETHIN LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN AGAIN AND THIS TIME IT COULD ACTUALLY EXPLODE AND KILL LOTS OF PEOPLE....

May 30, 2010
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i like the new amministrcion democratic to america,this president ,and the organiction to america,worck for the people,not for him.i live to italy,many corruppcion,the caimano think just for him,not for people.hara escrivo en ispanico,esta el problemas por un crimanal desgno.con las intercettacionas,para covrir todos el che esta sucediendo.se hace otra lex ad persona,por usted e todos los corrottos che estan en parlamiento,no es democracia.io soy muy triste por el pueblo italiano, che  no tiena informacion,el caimano otros mediaset,tiene la television de estato,minzolin,el canale 1 e el canale 2.estan nominados da esto malo persona,por mirar un pochito de verdad,se deve mirar internet,el canale 3,rai news 24.l ha ponida su satelite porchè haceva inchiestas che hablavan de verdad,se uno mira el fil draquila de sabrina guzzanti comprende mas cosa.che schifooooo,now i have democratic,in italy its orribole.i love america because it s possibole have dream.i think this president go to story,because dont quit,it s must important the sanitary riform,for everybody,good because i love the people think to intristing to peole.for me freedom its dont stay to the windows,freedom it s partecipation.i love the news america.go.its exsemple for this power word.tanks to ted turner and cnn because only sun time,before have the corage tu true.good.libertè,egalitè fraternitè.ciaoooooooooooo.ritasiva pistolozzi

June 15, 2010
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It is said that if you throw a rock in a crowd, that the one that yell is the one you hit! The Republicans yell the loudest everytime the President talks about ridding offshore drilling, as if this disaster of such magnitude never taken place.  We need renewable energy now! When will the Republicans put people before the almighty dollar!!! All those families who work in the oil industry can work safely in renewable energy jobs!!! We don't need another disaster like this in Alaska because it will be pretty complicated to clean oil off the ice! We will never be able to move into the future as long as the same greedy folks from the past are in control! It's not about black or white, it's about green!

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June 29, 2010
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certo che adesso in america esiste la democrazia,con la d maiuscola,ho sempre guardato la cnn,anche quando c erà il guerrafondaio,perchè non si è mai allineata,ma ha sempre avuto le sue idee.scrivo in italiano.adesso il sogno si è avverato,da voi la democrazia,da noi un paes in mano ad un cialtrone,circondato da una gang di individui che siedono in parlamento,e sono inquisiti,chi per mafia,corruzione et simili,i compagni di merenda non si lasciano..che schifooo,un paese di calabraghe,pensare che oltre a mediaset,sto caimano ha in mano anche la tv  durato 8 anni.in italia l incudi stato,dove ha collocato le sue truppe da sfascio o fascio.il disegno della p2 si sta attuando.nominano indagati come ministri per sottrarli ai processi,i poveri lavoratori sono sempre più tartassati,la manovra esclude i ricchi patrimoni,i ricchi non si toccano,i magistrati per il caimano sono dei pazzi,i giornali non dicono la verità,ma pinocchio siiiii,io sono felice che l america stia uscendo da un incubo durato 8 anni,in italia ancora no,con sto contaballe e la sua gang.io voglio un paese libero,e tanti come me.prima quando andavo all estero mi dicevano italia bella,spaghetti,pizza,mandolino..adesso se vado all estero mi dicono italiana,berlusconi..mafia.ma che bel paese è diventato.ciao alla cnn,a tutta la stampa libera,achi non si mette a pecoroni,al grande ted turner,che non hai mai recesso dalle sue opinioni,a questa nuova america che senza se e senza ma,porta una ventata di freschezza in questo mondo così logoro e stanco.i hope.w la democraziaaaaaaaaaaaaa.translate please.ciao a tutti.ritasilva

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