President Barack Obama nominates former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense, the state’s Legislature begins a new session and Nebraska’s newly minted junior senator, Deb Fischer, takes her office in Washington, D.C., in the World-Herald Week in Pictures: Jan. 7-13, 2013.
From left, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama and Leon Panetta share a laugh during a press conference on Monday in the East Room of the White House, where Obama announced his nomination of Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. The president noted that Hagel would be the first enlisted man in the post as well as one of the few combat veterans to lead the Pentagon. REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD
Originally from Ohio and a graduate of Ball State University, I moved to Nebraska to join the World-Herald staff in 2004. As a photojournalist, I'm privileged to meet interesting people, learn new things and travel around the country. Whether I'm walking knee-deep in floodwater, kneeling on the sideline of a Husker football game or flying with the Nebraska Air Guard to Germany, my goal is always to tell the story with photos.