In the last few years, we've become more visual here at KUOW.
Maybe that's ironic, because we're a radio station, and we don't have a professional photographer on staff.
Sometimes we hire talented freelance photographers, but usually we rely on our reporters. They do this as they juggle microphone, curly cords and those beefy headphones.
I went through the photos from this year and found them stirring — it was an emotional year, as everyone on the internet likes to remind us: The notorious Jungle, a homeless encampment, was cleared out after a shooting there left two dead, and the presidential campaigns wore on everyone's nerves.
It was also a year of beauty and creativity. After a gas pipeline explosion in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood, artists painted murals on the wooden planks that covered the neighborhood's businesses.
And Seattleites barely blinked as they trekked to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to protest a proposed oil pipeline.
In some of these photos, too, you'll see smaller moments that went mostly unnoticed: A woman's reaction to being evicted from a homeless encampment; and a modest woman named Jody who transforms herself into a drag queen with the archiest eyebrows you ever saw.