The Daily Evergreen’s top 20 stories of 2020

Editors look at most interesting, important stories from 2020

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Welcome to the Daily Evergreen’s Top 20 stories of 2020, where we present our most interesting and most important pieces of … well, a very newsworthy year. 

20. From Opinion: Evergreen columnist Anthony Torchia supports IFC’s new, stricter alcohol regulations.

19. From Sports: This incredible feature on then-junior guard Isaac Bonton doesn’t just have an in-depth interview and detailed writing. It also has stunning photos of the basketball star in action.

18. From Roots: A heartwarming story about one man’s horse sanctuary AND a bunch of pictures of his adorable horses? What could get any better than this?

17. From News: This investigative piece dives into the hazing and alcohol abuse that caused WSU Fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi to lose recognition for the month of May.

16. From Mint: Real cowboys, real poetry written by real cowboys, and real pictures of real cowboys who write real poetry. Can you say yeehaw? 🤠

15. From Roots: This year may have had a lot of negativity and rough patches, but one lucky Coug did get to star on Wheel of Fortune and we think that’s pretty neat!

14. From Opinion: Evergreen columnist Diana Rios argues for controlled burns and more comprehensive wildfire policies amidst a destructive fire season.

13. From News: One year after his death, family and friends commemorated the life of Sam Martinez.

12. From News: This investigative piece dives into a report against former employee Dan Maher, who acted unprofessionally toward one of his students.

11. From Mint: Former Evergreen editor-in-chief Angelica Relente details how her mother moved their family from the Philippines to give her children a better future.

10. From News: This three-part story is about activists protesting the U.S. Forest Service’s draft plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. We love the multi-part format and stunning visuals that make this story stand out.

9. From Mint: Former Evergreen managing editor Daisy Zavala writes about her family’s history and how being the daughter of immigrant parents influenced her perspective as a journalist.

8. From News: In this investigative piece, Domino’s employees allege the franchise violated numerous COVID-19 regulations and labors laws.

7. From Opinion: Evergreen columnist Diana Rios argues for modernized, age-appropriate sex education, a big topic of conversation this election season.

6. From Sports: This story features a photo gallery from a memorable day in Cougar basketball history.

5. From News: Fires ravaged much of the Pacific Northwest this fall. One wildfire devastated the towns of Malden and Pine City, about one hour north of Pullman.

4. From Roots: An iconic Pullman business closed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This feature details the history of Stubblefields.

3. From Sports: Bryce Beekman, Cougar football safety, passed away last spring. This article dives into his football career and time at WSU.

2. From News: This comprehensive review of COVID-19 at WSU looks at what caused the spikes that occurred this fall and the steps WSU is taking to combat further outbreaks.

1. From News: Protests across the country proclaimed “Black Lives Matter” following the killing of George Floyd. Evergreen reporters were present at a protest in Pullman.