Trevor Dougherty

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Trevor Dougherty
Trevor Dougherty at LeWeb.jpg
Dougherty speaking at LeWeb in Paris
Born (1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 22)
Colorado, U.S.A.
Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Expected graduation: 2015)
Occupation Journalist, Video Producer, DJ

Trevor Dougherty (born June 6, 1992) is an independent journalist with CNN iReport and the YouTube Partner program, currently studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 2008 his short videos and advocacy work have been featured by several international media outlets such as the BBC, The Associated Press, and The New York Times. In January 2011, Dougherty became the youngest American ever selected to participate at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.[1][2]

Career as independent video producer and activist[edit]

Dougherty started posting videos online under the pseudonym "maddogza" in 2007 [3] and was YouTube's youngest "guest editor," before becoming one of the first official members of YouTube's Partner Program.[4] In 2008, Dougherty organized a world record attempt in Ithaca, New York, forming the world's largest human peace sign with 5,814 people.[5] During the 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections, he was discovered by CNN iReport when he uploaded videos from the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Since then, close to 100 of his reports have been used in CNN's coverage of world news and events.[6]


Dougherty is recognized as an international youth leader by Youth Service America and the British Council as part of the "Service Stars"[7] and "Global Changemakers"[8] programs, respectively. He is the winner of the Stanford Peace Innovation Prize. His first viral video, Stand Up for World Peace, was nominated "Most Inspirational Video of the Year" in the 2007 YouTube Awards[9] and his report on changes to Facebook's design and layout was nominated for "Best CNN iReport of the Year" in 2008. In 2011, Dougherty's "Homeland Security" video was nominated for "Best Commentary" in the first ever CNN iReport Awards.[10]

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