Whether as a reporter or a photographer, I’ve covered every State of the City address of Mayor Jerry Sanders’ administration. That means that I’m constantly trying to better my coverage from the previous year.

Last year, I shot this audio slideshow, after being allowed some behind the scenes access. This year, I pushed for even more and was allowed to be by the mayor’s side from the time he arrived at the theater until he took the stage.

Here’s a chronological look at the night. I even make a cameo in one of the frames, wearing a tie for the first time on assignment in years.

Please contact Sam Hodgson directly at sam.hodgson@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5664 and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/samuelhodgson.

Sam Hodgson

Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist and contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can contact him at samhodgsonphoto@gmail.com...

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