Story by Michele Fling, Amir Shaw, Terry Shropshire,
Zondra Hughes, Christa Jackson and DeWayne Rogers

2011 was a year for the record books. From the global financial meltdown, to the withdrawal of combat troops in Iraq and the deaths of two the world’s most infamous despots, Iraq’s Moammar Gadhafi and North Korea’s Kim Jong Il, this has been a year fraught with challenges at home and abroad and we look forward to putting the old man to bed.

So, journey with us as we reflect on the people, issues and events that made 2011 unforgettable. Then log on to and share what made 2011 a monumental year for you. We look forward to continuing the conversation in 2012.