It is always difficult to sort through hundreds of photos taken over the span of 12 months to capture the essence of a whole year of news.
As I looked back over our coverage of the events that unfolded in 2015, it became apparent that this was a year filled with reflection, solidarity and awareness. It was a year that saw the final ride of the Freedom Train, a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. It was a year of vigils and prayer services to honor the people lost in mass shootings across the globe and nation.
It was also a time for rallies at City Hall to urge civic leaders to save the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park and protests at Stanford University over the administration's handling of sexual-assault cases.
It was a year in which a family searched for funding so that research could find a cure for their son's debilitating disease, when young students came forward to tell others about their gender identity, and when worshippers celebrated the blessing of their new religious home in Palo Alto.
Though these few photos cannot represent all that happened over the year, I believe they reflect the spirit of 2015.
PHOTO SLIDESHOW: To view a slideshow of the many photos that captured the news and events of 2015, click here.