Washington Bureau: A year in review

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s never a dull moment in the world of politics. Throughout 2013, the Lilly Broadcasting Washington Bureau was there to cover it all.

2013 in Washington started off with pomp and circumstance, as President Obama was sworn in for a second term in office. The bureau was up early to provide coverage of the inauguration, and even found some locals who made the trip down.

The bureau also followed members of Congress to their yearly retreat, where they set their agenda for the year ahead.

The State of the Union is one of the biggest political events every year. And local lawmakers made the time to talk about what they thought of the president’s speech.

There was also plenty of breaking news, and not all of it was political.

When tragedy struck in Boston, the bureau went there to tell the stories of local runners who survived the bombings.

Back in Washington, there were lighter moments, as World War II veterans from Ohio entered the closed memorial during the government shutdown. The bureau was also there to interview quadruple amputee Army staff sergeant from Michigan, who was finally discharged from Walter Reed.

The biggest story of 2013 was actually a series of stories, when the bureau traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to cover the G20 Summit.

The bureau met with business owners and manufacturers from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York, discussing the issues important to their work.

The week-long series of reports focused on trade policy, intellectual property, the threat of war with Syria, American families whose Russian adoptions were in limbo, even a tour of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The coverage continues into 2014.

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