• 36 stories that prove citizen journalism matters

    Katie Hawkins-Gaar, CNN
    The Internet can get pretty overwhelming sometimes. If you're like me, there are days when it feels like you can't stay on top of the endless stream of media. It seems impossible to discover the best content in all that noise.


  • Katie Hawkins-Gaar is the editor for CNN iReport, the network's global participatory news community. Based in Atlanta, Hawkins-Gaar is responsible for leading the editorial team of producers that manages user-generated content for CNN.

    Hawkins-Gaar joined the company in 2007 as an associate producer of interactives for CNN Digital. Before being named senior producer of user participation for the iReport team in 2011, Hawkins-Gaar worked as an associate producer in 2010. Throughout her career, she has produced several standout projects, including Katrina: Then and Now, Connected by 9/11 and Meet the 99%. Hawkins-Gaar has also coordinated iReport's on-the-ground presence at South by Southwest.

    Prior to CNN, Hawkins-Gaar also split her time as a research assistant at Georgia State University and a program assistant at The Carter Center.

    Hawkins-Gaar obtained her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University in Journalism.