Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Top five: iReporters' tough questions

Editor's note: CNN's citizen journalism initiative, iReport, is celebrating its fifth birthday this month. To mark the occasion, we're taking a look at some of iReport's shining moments in a series of top five posts on a variety of topics. Today we're looking at some of our favorite interview moments.


When we found out that President Barack Obama was going to be in "The Situation Room" on Tuesday, one of the first questions we asked was "can we get some questions from iReporters?" We weren't sure we'd be able to get all the details worked out, but it was a huge opportunity for our community, so we decided to give it a shot.


The response was great – about 45 questions in less than two hours – but we weren't able to include them in the interview. We are sending the best ones to the White House to get answers.


That passionate response has made the iReport Interview a regular feature on iReporters have a lot of great questions, and we've found that the actors, athletes, musicians, experts and even Anderson Cooper seem to enjoy the change of pace.


Here are five of our favorite interview questions:


Interviewing the future president


iReporters were out on the campaign trail in 2008 and contributed questions to many of the presidential hopefuls, including then-Sen. Barack Obama. Frequent iReporter Jimmy Deol asked Obama about possible V.P. picks.


'We just got interviewed by a Muppet?'



"Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World" actors Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman and director Edgar Wright had a lot of fun when they were in the newsroom for their interview. They were playing with the iPad, holding hands and putting on jewelry. Then it got weird… The first question came from Matt Sky's puppet alter ego Ted Krasdale, which sent the stars on a hilarious detour. "I just thought he had a weird disease or something," Cera said.


'I'm obsessed with that dog'


Glee cast


Andy Clinton got out his guitar and sang his question for the cast of "Glee", but his dog, Indiana, stole the show. Lea Michele laughed and said she was obsessed with the pup, who sat almost motionless on the couch during Clinton's question.


'That's untapped talent right there'


Arthur interview

Russell Brand and Helen Mirren were blown away by iReporters' special effects when they sat down to talk about their movie “Arthur.” Cougar Littleton dressed like Batman and imitated the Dark Knight's gravelly voice while Andy Clinton braved a digital tempest, complete with thunder and lightning.


Seeing isn't everything



Cloris Leachman

It's been great to be able to load iReport questions onto a tablet or smartphone, because it gives the stars a chance to see who they're talking to. They can't always hear them though. Actress Cloris Leachman held an iPad up to her ear like a phone so she could hear what iReporters wanted to know. It seemed a little unusual at the time, but we saw Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne do the same thing a few months later.


Thank you all for making the iReport Interview such an exciting part of CNN's coverage. There are a lot more interviews in the works, so we hope you'll share your questions.

August 17, 2011
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Aiyo!!! now they have stopped showing the Situation Room after Piers Morgan came.... We used to have it at 7.30 a.m.

August 17, 2011
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Good job iReporters!

April 19, 2012
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Hey! Wow thanks and congrats everyone!!

March 25, 2013
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You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses taking time and real effort to make a good article !!
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