2020 was the year of the unexpected, the unknown, and the unexplainable. However, at GreatNews.Life, 2020 was the year of videos. We shared hundreds of videos this year, including interviews with local, county, and state leaders; live streams of exciting events like groundbreakings and company reveals; awards ceremonies; sports recaps; socially-distant parades and celebrations; and one of our personal favorites, weekly news updates with Jenny Craig-Brown on the Great News Weekly show and podcast. There has been so much going on throughout Valparaiso and Porter County, and it is safe to say that we have plenty of video coverage to prove that.
In no particular order, here are the top 10 videos from NWI.Life in 2020.
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky has represented Indiana in the 1st Congressional District for the last 35 years. In fact, on the 35th anniversary of being elected to Congress, he announced that in 2020, he would not seek reelection. We sat down with the longest-serving member of Indiana’s delegation to learn the inner-most workings of his mind when it comes to leadership, resilience, cooperation, and what’s next for Pete Visclosky when his term is over.
At GreatNews.Life, teams might have worked remotely for a time but they were more connected than ever through unprecedented times as editors and reporters continued to bring you the best news the Region has to offer.
Sixteen years into his fifth term as Mayor of the City of Hammond, Ind., Thomas McDermott, Jr., faced leading his city while a viral pandemic spreads across the world, landing here in Northwest Indiana as well. To meet that challenge, he's pulled from his leadership inspirations – the likes of his father, sports figures, and other world-famous leaders – but mostly rallied his strong city teams to support the community with transparent and current communication and unyielding optimism.
On May 20, South Central High School hosted a special parade for their graduating seniors.
Get caught up on the latest and greatest in the city of Hobart with Mayor Brian Snedecor and our founder, Chris Mahlmann. They chat about new developments in Hobart, drive by some local favorites, and more. Check it out!
The Leadership Life Series has featured Governor Eric J. Holcomb, local hospital CEOs, mayors, representatives from economic development and regional transportation organizations, academic and non-profit leaders, and more.
Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA, presented the Hospitality Awards, honoring individuals for their contributions to tourism along the South Shore. Awards were presented for the Attraction of the Year, Elected Official of the Year, Event of the Year, 2020 Industry Champion, and 2020 Exceptional Performers.
Lake County first responders honored Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus staff with a parade of lights and sirens for their hard work during the pandemic.
Northwest Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Leonard joins GreatNews.Life founder, Chris Mahlmann, to provide an update on COVID-19 in the Region. Dr. Leonard urges all to mask up, social distance, and wash hands, in order to flatten the curve. He also stresses that we must protect our essential workers, lower case prevalence as much as possible, and make critical decisions to be safe.