Pittsburgh Police Showing 'Some Progress' In Diversification Efforts

Dec 16, 2016

The Confluence – where the news comes together is 90.5 WESA’s weekly news program.

Each week reporters, editors and bloggers join veteran journalist and host Kevin Gavin. They go behind the headlines taking an in-depth look at the stories important to the Pittsburgh region. 

This week on The Confluence we discuss the diversification efforts of the Pittsburgh police force and what the acting police chief needs to do to keep the job. Also, the editors of the The Pitt News, Duquesne Duke and Point Park University's The Globe join us to discuss their top stories. We'll analyze the year's big news out of Harrisburg and meet the Homewood native who will become the 110th president -- and first African American male -- to lead the National Press Club.

Diversity and the Pittsburgh police force

Mayor Bill Peduto cites the eight minority recruits, out of a class of 28, as “some progress” in the city’s attempts to diversify its police force. We’ll discuss minority recruitment, Acting Police Chief Scott Schubert reaching out to the African American community and body cameras with reporters Megan Guza of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Jeffrey Benzing of PublicSource.

Campus news

What were the top stories on and off campus at some of the local universities? We’ll pose that question to Kaye Burnet, editor of the Duquesne Duke newspaper, Joshua Croup, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Elizabeth Lepro, editor-in-chief of Pitt News.

Harrisburg's year in review

As the year comes to a close, we examine the top news stories out of the state legislature with 90.5 WESA reporter Katie Meyer and Karen Langley, Harrisburg bureau chief for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gentleman of the press

The next president of the National Press Club will be a Pittsburgher. Homewood native and Al Jazeera Media Network editor Jeff Ballou will become the 110th to lead the organization. He joins us for a conversation about the role of the National Press Club and the challenges reporters may face with the upcoming presidential administration.