Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Our favorite I-Reporter
When "Croc Hunter" Steve Irwin died last September, 11-year-old Matthew Cheek of Kissimmee, Florida, drew a picture as a tribute to his late hero and sent it to CNN. The simple drawing of a teary-eyed crocodile struck us as a touching gesture, and many of you agreed. When we included Matthew’s tribute in our monthly user poll, our readers voted it the "best I-Report" of September. Matthew was completely floored.

On November 17, the Exchange got a surprise of its own, a chance to meet the young I-Reporter in person. Matthew and his family stopped by our offices at CNN Center in Atlanta. We gave Matthew the grand tour –- and as much CNN swag as we could get our hands on. Matthew was even interviewed by CNN anchor Veronica De La Cruz.

We learned that not only is Matthew inspired by Irwin, he is already following in his idol’s footsteps. According to Mom and Dad, Matthew routinely brings snakes and spiders into the home, and once caught a 3-foot-alligator in a Florida canal by using a piece of rope and a chunk of roast beef.
Thanks to CNN.Com team and especially Tyson. My son was thrilled to visit the CNN Studio in Atlanta. You guys are awesome, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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