The Daily Evergreen’s top 20 stories of 2020

Editors look at most interesting, important stories from 2020



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.