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2018: A Very Busy Year In Pittsburgh News

Brian Siewiorek


It’s been a year full of pivotal and impactful news, from court battles over redrawn Congressional maps and the resulting Democratic gains, to a shocking grand jury report on clergy abuse and demands from survivors for a change to statute of limitation laws, and even in church leadership.

A panel of WESA staffers join to discuss a year in Pittsburgh headlines -- including public outcry over the police shooting death of Antwon Rose, Jr., the  murders of  11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue and the renewed call for stricter gun laws -- plus, the controversial effort to lure Amazon to Pittsburgh, the loss of a young rising hip hop artist, important changes at major local cultural institutions and a transit plan to better move commuters. 

Panelists include:

  • Chris Potter, government and accountability editor
  • An-Li Herring, government and accountability reporter
  • Margaret J. Krauss, development and transportation reporter
  • Bill O'Driscoll, arts and culture reporter
  • Virginia Alvin0-Young, race and identity reporter
  • Katie Blackley, reporter and producer
  • Sarah Schneider, education reporter
  • Kathleen Davis, general assignment reporter

And finally, thank you. The Confluence expanded into a daily program Aug. 27, 2018.  Thanks to the more than 150 guests who have appeared on the show since then; thanks to our diligent reporters and production staff in the WESA newsroom; and a very special thanks to you for listening.
The Confluence is taking a break for the holidays and will return Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Who would you like to hear on the Confluence in the new year? Email your suggestions to

The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9 a.m. to hear newsmakers and innovators join veteran journalist Kevin Gavin, taking an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Kiley Koscinski covers city government, policy and how Pittsburghers engage with city services. She also works as a fill-in host for All Things Considered. Kiley has previously served as a producer on The Confluence and Morning Edition.
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