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We first met Chris Morrow during San Diego Comic-Con 2008, and soon she was iReporting, not just from her hometown of San Diego, but all over Southern California.
Chris has returned to Comic-Con every year, getting a rarely seen look at preparations for the annual event. And it’s safe to say, she is the first iReporter to have a life-size cartoon image of herself present at the Con.
But her contributions have gone far beyond comic book conventions. Chris interviewed Olympians like Lindsay Vonn at the 2010 Winter Games, the late Hollywood legend Tony Curtis, and countless other celebrities, including like Adam Lambert, Tony Hawk and Paula Abdul. She even asked adult film actors what they thought of body scanning at airports.
She documented the artist Wyland’s journey to paint the largest picture of the planet earth atop the Long Beach Convention Center, as well, and her iReports became part of a documentary, for which she won an award at the San Diego Film Festival.
She has been there for breaking news as well.
Then there was her trip to Haiti, shortly after the earthquake in 2010. She ranks that among her most memorable experiences iReporting, along with posts on charities dealing with multiple sclerosis and autism. Food is also a frequent topic (she has posted videos on how to craft beer and make a vegan Thanksgiving, not to mention food charities). And she says her experience this year on the oldest active sailing ship “was also a major day for me.”
She may be the first, but Chris is sure she will be is far from the last iReporter to have 1000 iReports reach "on CNN" status.
“There are so many other great iReporters out there who give their opinions daily, document the world, capture a significant moment in history and who just want to share life,” she says. “This small town journalist uses CNN iReport to reach the world, and with the help from the talented and thoughtful iReport producers, I've been able to learn a new craft of storytelling with video … We are in a unique place to be able to be part of the world’s largest news source and to have a voice.”
Congrats to Chris Morrow on this achievement! Click here for more on what she iReports, and watch her 2009 HLN interview below.
Congrats Chris!!! Great job.. Glad you stuck with it, wish I had:(
Thank you! I'm very happy to be part of this fun and newsy community on CNN!
Happy Holidays to you Chris!
I would like to take the time to also congratulate you on your excellent performance and good job reporting for CNN/Ireport. You are number ONE in my book sweetie!
Congratulations, Chris. You rock. Happy New Year! :o)
What a way to start out the New Year! Great job, Congratulations Chris.
She's hot. I would.
Congrats! Well deserved.
How much does CNN pay her for her reporting?
snaps to chris, but i just found the title subline, 'not only in san diego, but all over southern california', a little amusing, I mean the geographical reach lol
Congrats, Chris. I am grateful for a new perspective on news in our communities and for the coverage of breaking news from iReports.
I just wish CNN and news organizations across the country would not be laying off trained journalists and photo-journalists for the sake of saving a dollar...
Don't get me wrong, iReports have their place, but there's droves of seasoned professionals no longer able to make a living doing the craft they love.
Why pay reporters when as a whole, people offer their content for free publicity?
Congratulations Chris! Well deserved!
I agree with a number of other comments. The recent layoff of reporters and staff at CNN is directly tied to iReports. This is a very big company with lots of money. They are taking advantage of people here.
Why does a person make hundreds of iReports for CNN? Is this about self-esteem or some other issue? They are not providing free services to a charity but to a corporation who could easily afford to pay freelancers. I wonder if they shouldn't change the name to iChump.
wow, this is fantastic. What an accomplishment. wtg, Chris!
Congratulations Chris. I am new to iReporting and it is always great to learn and watch from pros like you doing your thing. Keep up the great work.
Well done, Chris ... 1000 is a crazy number. Your gasoline bills must be astronomical!
I understand the argument that this forum displaces paid journalists but most of the ireports posted each day cover news and opinion that would never be covered by cnn journalists. It's true that some of their programming uses ireports but it's very small. Journalism have evolved digitally and it makes conventional print media less viable. People get free information from the web where in the past they paid for it. It is what it is.
Some of us want to highlight news that doesn't make it to all the traditional news outlets. This is a good place to do that.
There have been many producers who have been hired by cnn for ireports. I am sorry that we have lost so many ireporters because they feel they are displacing someone's job.
Excellent job Chris....You're an inspiration to all of the I-Reporters. CNN Should hire you full time.
Good job Chris!
I have to say, my first reaction to this story was "why on earth is this woman not being paid?" I get the whole "free content on the web" piece, but then why am I seeing advertisements around Ireports? Someone is clearly making money in this equation. Also, i think interviews with adam lambert, tony hawk and paula abdul is not outside the wheelhouse of what is covered every day. Kudos for chris for doing a great job..
DugTV- She isn't a "pro"!!! In fact neither she nor you are professionals, unless you are getting paid to do this hobby...errrr job. its nice that people are interested in their world and expressing themselves, etc... but lets be realistic. No iReporter is a real reporter. I hope no iReporter tries to say they are a Reporter when they are in the company of people that actually work as reporters with a boss they actually have to report to. CNN is just trying to attach itself to new vistas in media without paying anyone.
That being said... "Great Job, I am sooooo proud of you!"
bravo et bon travail chris
Well done! 1000 ireports is a big deal. Keep it up and ignore 11Tom11. He's just jealous ;) If you're honest and eloquent on camera, you are every bit as great a reporter as anyone- including all the covert operatives masquerading as journalists ;)
Congratulations Chris! Keep up the good work!
Way to go Chris, 1000 is a really big thing, even here in the Lone Star State. Season's Greetings and have a blessed New Year from Fort Worth, Texas.
Muchas Felicidades Chris woow eres la primera te mando un afectuoso saludo desde México. woow congratulations! You are so good my best regards from Mexico.
CONGRATULATIONS Chris I always enjoy your iReports. You do such a great job. I look forward to viewing more of your iRoports. Happy New Year!
Excellent! You are achieving your dream!
Congratulations Chris!! You are the best!! Happy New Year.
Congratulations Chris, well done!!!
Congratulations Chris!Keep it up and More power!
Chris is really very energetic and dynamic in uploading reports on different aspects, in relation to occurrences of the world and her history of activities presented in this page I like so much.
congrats chris. A job well done. keep it up.
Over 1000 unpaid iReports on CNN! Congratulations!
Nicely done, Chris..Thanks for sharing everything!
Congrats, Chris! You're the greatest! Looking forward to many, many more!
I am seriously impressed, Chris, really well done.
Here's to the next thousand!
Do let me know if you ever make it to Europe - we'll really look after you!
Chris, I love and admire everything you do! And with such Passion, Intelligence and sheer guts...Keep on...We need you...the World needs you!!!
You gave news of Verizon charging $2 bill payment fee; but you have missed Sprint for two years now. Sprint has been charging its customers $10 extra for services already in the contract, and forcing the customers to pay the $10 by threatening then with a contract default fee of $200.00 if they left to another company. The proofs are in thousands! I am forced to pay $50.00 extra on five family phones one year into my contract, and I am also forced not to break the contract. Nick
I think Chris Morrow is wonderful. She is very supportive of other iReporters and manages to leave friendly comments on a lot of my stories that I appreciate. I think that if anything should happen in 2012, it should be that CNN hires this great lady and PAYS HER! Please see my own iReport on the controversial iCHUMP:
Congrats Chris, One day I will get there lol. You are the only ireporter with your own 'Standee' lol...