A historic drought, skydiving firefighters, Hanukkah at San Quentin, the demolition of the Bay Bridge, TURF dancers and much, much more.
This year KQED News began producing original, in-depth video features. Check out the complete year in videos on our Vimeo page.
Here's a selection of our best work of 2014.
In Tulare County, Wells Run Dry as Farmers Dig Deep
Amid the worst drought in California history, farmers continue to plant more water-intensive, high-value crops. To keep those crops growing, farmers are drilling new wells, which is causing some residential wells to run dry.
California’s Smokejumpers Fight the Hardest-to-Reach Wildfires
Fires started by lightning often erupt in very remote, mountainous parts of the state, far from any roads. Sometimes the only way to get fire crews to them is to have them jump out of planes.
Also watch: Inmate Firefighters Help Battle the Bully Fire
Female Dancers In Oakland Strut, Waack And Flex Their Way Into A Male-Dominated Scene
Taking.Up.Room.on.the.Floor. As Turf dancing, one of the newer styles of hip-hop dance that was created on the streets of Oakland, gains popularity, women are fighting to find their place in the turfin' world.
Crowded Field of Oakland Mayoral Candidates Fights for Attention
After pounding the pavement for months, going to countless mayoral debates, forums, house parties and meet-and-greets, Libby Schaaf emerged from a very crowded field of candidates to become Oakland's next mayor.
During Demolition, One Last View from the Old Bay Bridge
In the shadow of the glistening, problem-wracked new Bay Bridge, the original eastern span is coming down piece by piece.
Best of the rest:
- California's Favorite Underdog, California Chrome Hopes to Win the Kentucky Derby
- After 17 Years in Prison, A Second Chance
- The Chinook Salmon’s Journey: Spawning at Feather River Hatchery
- Last Day at Drakes Bay Oyster Company
- Celebrating Hanukkah at San Quentin Prison
What should we cover in 2015? If you have any video ideas, get in touch with us here.