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Top 20 Evening News Stories Of 2012 (PHOTOS)

01/16/2013 02:54 pm ET

At least Mitt Romney won something in 2012.

According to the Tyndall Report, the most covered news story of 2012 on evening news programs was the former Republican presidential candidate's campaign. Romney campaigned for 11 out of the 12 months of 2012.

The second most-covered news story of 2012 was the ongoing conflict in Syria. The violent uprising has become the most dangerous conflict zone for reporters to cover with 28 journalists killed in 2012, including famed war correspondent Marie Colvin and the New York Times' Anthony Shadid. Of the three broadcast networks, CBS aired the most stories on the uprising.

Major news events including Hurricane Sandy, Trayvon Martin's death, the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, and the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School also made the list. Major political stories including the unemployment rate falling below 8 percent and the contentious negotiations about the federal budget also made the top 20 news stories of 2012.

The list demonstrated evening news broadcasts' focus on domestic stories. Five out of the top 20 stories focused on international topics including the uprising in Syria, the war in Afghanistan, the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the 2012 London Olympics, and the British royal family.

ABC News' David Muir was the most used reporter of 2012, appearing on air for a total of 426 minutes. NBC News' Andrea Mitchell was second, with a total of 269 on air minutes.

Click through the slideshow below for the top 20 evening news stories.

Top 20 Evening News Stories Of 2012
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