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First lady Michelle Obama has embarked on a week-long trip to China, where she will speak with students at several schools about the importance of education, youth empowerment and the benefits of studying abroad.
On Saturday, she’ll sit down to answer several CNN iReport video questions in an exclusive interview. Students, teachers, parents and other iReporters from across the world sent in more than 300 questions for the first lady along with personal stories about studying abroad.
This is the second iReport Interview with the first lady. The first one, filmed in 2012, was pegged to her Let's Move initiative.
UPDATE: You asked, and she answered. See which questions made the final cut and watch Obama's answers. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions -- it was a wonderful response!
We're in the midst of an exciting time here at CNN iReport. Last year we discovered the power of the personal essay, with countless compelling stories written by you, our talented community; we produced more iReport content for CNN Digital than ever before, including in-depth investigative stories that you first alerted us to; and we experimented with new methods of real-time audience interaction, including Google Hangouts on a variety of fascinating topics.
Of course, with growth comes change. After many discussions and careful consideration, we've decided to not host the CNN iReport Awards this year. We launched the Awards back in 2011 as a way to celebrate citizen journalism and honor our community's contributions. Since that time, we have honored dozens of impressive iReporters and have shown the world that iReport encompasses not only breaking news, but also commentary, interviews, personal stories, photo essays, original reporting, and in-depth storytelling.
The iReport Awards have been a labor of love over the years. Not hosting the Awards this year will allow our small but mighty team to produce even more compelling stories and fun projects with our community; to stay on top of the latest news and trends; and, most importantly, to work towards exciting and much-needed technical improvements to the site. We’ve got some exciting stuff planned for the year ahead, and look forward to sharing it with you all.
Thank you to all of you who are members of the amazing iReport community, and congratulations again to all of our past Awards recipients and nominees. You have helped build a worldwide network of creative, curious and smart people who have shown time and again that news stories affect all of us. We are so excited to continue sharing and telling your stories, in bigger and better ways than ever before.