Friday, September 02, 2011
An affair to remember: Our Atlanta birthday meetup

 

We had the loveliest time at our fifth birthday party/iReport meetup last night!

 

CNNers and iReporters came together at the gorgeous Whitespace gallery, an indoor/outdoor space that was perfect for facilitating conversation and showing off our favorite iReport images. There was great food and drinks, fun conversation, and plenty of awkward/wonderful meetings among people who talk all the time online but were seeing each other in real life for the first time.

 

Drinks and chatting on the patio. That's Lila, our fearless leader, in the red iReport t-shirt.

 

iReporters greeted us and each other like old friends. Here, Lulis Leal and Adriana Maxwell share an enthusiastic hug.

 

We decorated by showing off some of our favorite iReport photos of all time. This is just a fraction of 'em.

 

It was wonderful to meet so many iReport community members!

 

These kids are going to be the leaders of CNN iReport someday. That's Trevor Dougherty and James Brierton, both college students and star iReporters, meeting in person for the first time. As our intern in 2008, James vetted Trevor's first iReport!

 

It's been a wonderful birthday month. Thank you, iReporters in Atlanta and around the world, for helping us celebrate!

10 Comments
September 2, 2011
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Great party!  Wish I had been there.

September 2, 2011
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Oh, looks like you had so much fun! Happy birthday _ It's so great meeting online friends IRL.

September 2, 2011
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Very nice to see you there... Thank you for sharing! Happy Birthday!!!

September 2, 2011
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:)

September 3, 2011
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Great Greet and meet up photos, where is the rest of the iReport Team members?  would have love to see photos of them too

September 3, 2011
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Ryn

I kept hoping for an Atlanta meet up when I lived so close in  Tennessee. I move 500 miles further north and there is an Atlanta meet up. I will make the next one! Looks like a great time.

September 3, 2011
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great wish I was there celebrating with all of you

 

September 6, 2011
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@Ryn Ugh, so sorry you couldn't make it! But there will be more - all these wonderful meetups around the globe have inspired us. :)

September 6, 2011
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Happy Birthday --- looks like great party .

Great to see Ireporters have a party

September 6, 2011
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What a lovely photo essay! Glad you put it all together, Rachel.

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