Looking Back, Looking Ahead

As 2012 slides into 2013, KPCC reporters look back at the most memorable stories they covered in the last year, and look ahead at a key issue that will be the focus of coverage in the coming year.

5 immigration stories to watch in 2013 and beyond

It's been a lively year in money. From Hollywood to high tech, with a jobs crisis and a real estate crisis mixed in, the Golden State was always in the economic news.

PHOTOS: Top 10 California business and economics stories of 2012

It's been a lively year in money. From Hollywood to high tech, with a jobs crisis and a real estate crisis mixed in, the Golden State was always in the economic news.

Our music critics on the best tunes and trends of 2012 (Video)

What better way to celebrate the arrival of 2013 than with the best sounds of 2012? We've got the best indie, world and alt-latino music from the past year. Our regular music critics Steve Hochman, Josh Kun and Drew Tewksbury gave us their top picks for 2012.

A lookahead to the biggest environmental issues of 2013

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced she was stepping down from the Cabinet after the State of the Union early next year. Jackson has won praise from environmentalists for revitalizing the agency after the Bush Administration.

A rock, a shuttle, a King and a Batman: The best KPCC news photos of 2012

The year 2012 was a rich one for visual storytelling in Southern California, starting with the color of the annual Rose Parade (which included a contingent of Occupy protesters).

2013 critical year for Sheriff Lee Baca and Los Angeles County jails

The scene repeated itself throughout the year: whenever the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors discussed the jails, someone showed up to tell a story of alleged abuse.

Entertainment's future: Hollywood v. Silicon Valley

Two of California's most important industries are having a little problem — they can't get along. And they may never get along. It'll be a key issue in 2013.

South LA health leaders celebrate Supreme Court's health reform decision

Few topics in 2012 seemed as tailor-made for OnCentral — a blog that focuses on issues of health and quality of life in South Los Angeles — as the Supreme Court's ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Clifton's Cafeteria evokes Downtown LA's past and future

The renovation of Clifton’s Cafeteria means something different to everybody; the people who’ve visited it for decades, reveling in the reliable three-bean salad and colorful Jell-o have every right to be concerned with what the restaurant’s future holds. The new owner is transforming the building from a forest-themed cafeteria with a long-standing “pay-what-you-can” business model to a 24/7, multi-story, multi-themed collection of bars and restaurants.