Top 20 Loop 21 Stories of 2012
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From Trayvon to Obama's reelection, 2012 was shaped by tragedy and triumph
Gabby Douglas Olympic History – History-making gold medalist Gabby Douglas wowed the gymnastics world with an impressive and historic showing at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Along with her groundbreaking athletic achievements, some Americans found her hairstyle more talk-worthy. To see our coverage, click here.
Black Education – Educating black boys is a weak spot for the U.S. public school system. Loop 21 took an in-depth look at how and why public schools and their communities are failing young black men. To see how we saw it, click here.
Democratic National Convention – Amid all the pizzazz during the summer’s Democratic National Convention, the biggest force at the confab was former President Bill Clinton, whose speech gave the Obama campaign momentum that it couldn’t have paid for. And Loop 21 was there! See more. Click here.
Black Immigration – Reform of the nation’s immigration system has always appeared to be a uniquely Hispanic voter issue. Loop 21 explored how immigration is a black issue, too. See our exclusive coverage by clicking here.
President Obama’s First Term – Loop 21 raised more than a few eyebrows this year by asking the question, “What has President Obama done for me lately?” We took an in-depth look at the first term of the nation’s first African American president. Check it out by clicking here.
Domestic Violence – After Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered girlfriend Kasandra Perkins before killing himself, Loop 21 explored the reasons why women stay in abusive relationships and examined the ways lawmakers and the media affect public discourse on domestic violence. To see our coverage, click here.
Presidential Campaign – A very long 2012 presidential campaign sped into primetime with four much-talked-about debates. Loop 21 covered them and many more aspects of the presidential campaign. To see our coverage, click here.
Hurricane Sandy – Just before Halloween, a frightening superstorm tore through much of the Northeast, leaving behind a swath of devastation, especially in New York City and its surrounding suburbs and several New Jersey towns and communities. To see our coverage, click here.
Obama Wins Reelection – President Barack Obama is gearing up for a second term beginning in January thanks to a surge of minority and female voters who weren’t quite sold on giving Republicans the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. To see our coverage, click here.
Sandy Hook Massacre – When a gunman tore through an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 schoolchildren and six educators, many around the nation saw the incident as a turning point in the discussion of gun control laws and how the mentally ill are cared for. To see Loop 21’s coverage, click here.
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