By Allie Daugherty
Of the more than one million citizen journalists around the world who submit eyewitness news stories to CNN, one local reporter was honored with the Community Choice award at the cable network’s iReport Awards in June.
And the winner is...Chris Morrow, 42, who began working with CNN five years ago when she did a story about Comic-Con. Since then, Morrow’s received nearly 12 million page views on her iReport page, where she’s covered such stories as the Winter Olympics and the Dalai Llama.
“I’m really able to do anything I want to do because I’m a one-man band,” she says.
Her winning piece was a video interview with Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, the San Diegan woman infamous for sleeping with Sandra Bullock’s former husband, Jesse James.
“I’m super excited to be able to bring San Diego to the world,” Morrow says. “I’m able to tell the stories that are local but give them an international flair so other people can be interested in them. I feel honored to be able to do that.”
For those wanting to get in on the action, Morrow preaches passion.
“Really believe in the story you’re trying to tell and try to ask as many questions as possible and get involved,” she says. “When you’re telling a story, love that story and do your best.”