2013: Year in Review

Boston was book-ended by tragedy and triumph in 2013. Boston Strong became the watchwords when the marathon bombings shook the city and rattled the nation. But, in the fall, the Boston Red Sox found the magic again, won the World Series and lifted spirits. BU News Service was there for these stories and more. And we were honored to accept two awards from the Online News Association for our coverage of the marathon bombings. Here’s a look back at our coverage this past year.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance during The Inaugural Ball at Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (Photo by Micaela Bedell/BU News Service)
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance during The Inaugural Ball at Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (Photo by Micaela Bedell/BU News Service)

Obama Begins Second Term
January 20. Barack Obama takes the oath of office to begin his second term as president. BU News Service reporters, videographers and photographers travel to Washington to get the story. Working out of BU’s Washington program office, they cover the inaugural ceremony, the parade and balls, and the politics of Obama 2.0. View a recap here.

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Boston Marathon and Bombings
April 15. It’s Patriots Day and the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. The finish line celebration is shattered by two bombs. Three people die; more than 250 are injured. BUNS staffers are stationed along the race route and at the finish line. BU News Service switches gears and goes from covering the race to documenting a disater. 2013 Marathon Special Section | Bombings and Aftermath

Markey Elected to Senate
June 25. Congressman Ed Markey is elected to the U.S. Senate. Markey beats former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez to replace John Kerry who resigned to become Secretary of State. BUNS covers the campaign, the debates and election night.

Mike Fowler(left) and Kevin Paradis(right) react after the Red Sox wins the 2013 Championship in the World Series. (Photo by Kiva Kuan Liu/BU News Service)
Mike Fowler(left) and Kevin Paradis(right) react after the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series. (Photo by Kiva Kuan Liu/BU News Service)

Sox Win Series
October 30. The Red Sox win their third World Series championship of the 21st century. They beat the St. Louis Cardinals in game six – the first Sox championship win at home since 1918. BUNS covers the post-season, the win (just blocks away from us at Fenway Park), and finally, the “rolling rally,” a joyous parade through the city on duck boats.

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Science Section Launches
October. BU News Service welcomes a new Science section produced by BU’s Science Journalism program. Packed with interesting science tibits, opinion, a blog, features and news, the section quickly becomes a must-read.

November, 5, 2013, BOSTON- Martin Walsh speaks to his supporters at the Boston Park Hotel Plaza after he is elected as the mayor of Boston.(KIva Kuan Liu/BU News Service)
November, 5, 2013, BOSTON- Martin Walsh speaks to his supporters at the Boston Park Hotel Plaza after he is elected as the mayor of Boston.(KIva Kuan Liu/BU News Service)

Boston Elects New Mayor
November 5. State Representative Martin Walsh is elected Mayor of Boston. Walsh replaces Thomas Menino to become the city’s first new mayor in 20 years. BUNS covers the campaign, the debates and election night.

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JFK: A Death In Dallas
November 22. The nation pauses to remember on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a son of Massachusetts. BUNS responds with special coverage from Boston, Washington and Dallas. JFK: A Death in Dallas

IMAGE: October 4, 2013 CAMBRIDGE -- Fabio Tedde plays a public piano in Harvard Square on Friday afternoon. There are 75 pianos around Boston for Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” exhibit, which has put temporary street pianos in over thirty cities in the past five years. Tedde, an Italian street performer, follows the piano exhibits and tries to play them all -- this his 37th in Boston and his 433rd worldwide. (Photo by Poncie Rutsch.)
October 4, 2013 CAMBRIDGE — Fabio Tedde plays a public piano in Harvard Square on Friday afternoon. There are 75 pianos around Boston for Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” exhibit, which has put temporary street pianos in over thirty cities in the past five years. Tedde, an Italian street performer, follows the piano exhibits and tries to play them all — this his 37th in Boston and his 433rd worldwide. (Photo by Poncie Rutsch.)

On the Brighter Side
The year was not all hard news. BUNS covered music, culturethe arts, the funny and the downright bizarre.

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