This year at the Deseret News, we have focused on sharing stories that forward our commitment to being "trusted voices of light and knowledge" and that make a difference in the lives of our readers.

Below we have compiled a list of the top 10 stories in each of our six core areas of editorial emphasis: faith in the community, values in the media, care for the poor, financial responsibility, excellence in education and family life.

Each list includes a reflection from the journalist assigned to that particular beat and a link to each of the top 10 stories.

Deseret News best of 2012: Family life

Deseret News best of 2012: Faith in the community

Deseret News best of 2012: Care for the poor

Deseret News best of 2012: Values in the media

Deseret News best of 2012: Top LDS-related events

Deseret News best of 2012: Excellence in education

Deseret News best of 2012: Financial responsibility

Remembering 2012: Utah's top stories of the year

Picturing 2012: Moments that matter caught by Deseret News photojournalists