The past year brought historic changes, democratic milestones, devastating tragedies, and acts of heroism that will never be forgotten.
In 2012 Anderson traveled across the country and around the world seeking the truth. He met people who were struggling against seemingly insurmountable odds: Syrian refugees, gunshot victims in Colorado, New Yorkers who lost everything they had, widows facing a harsh new reality.
There were crimes that divided communities and launched important conversations about discrimination and ethics. In some cases, justice was served. Convicted of child sex abuse, Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Lives ended too soon. Among them, four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in an attack on U.S. buildings in Benghazi, Libya on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The country mourned victims of violence at home and abroad.
After months of aggressive campaigning, contentious debates and a very tight race, voters elected a president for the next four years.
In the Middle East, hope for peaceful negotiations was again shattered by deadly attacks between Hamas-controlled Gaza and Israel. Egypt took a major step in electing a president, but protesters are still occupying the streets of Cairo to demand the kind of society they fought for during the Arab Spring.
Looking back on the year, which events do you think define 2012? What are the top stories you’ll remember most? Cast your vote!
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