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2019: Looking Back At A Year In Pittsburgh News

The Downtown Pittsburgh skyline on a sunny, clear summer day.
Keith Srakocic

On today's program: It’s been a year of incremental progress in Pittsburgh. WESA staffers discuss it all, from a shakeup in the U.S. House and changes to the state justice system to ongoing concerns surrounding air quality, public school finances, major development projects, mayoral priorities and the state of local cultural institutions.

Panelists include:

And finally, some thank yous. Thanks to the hundreds of guests who have appeared on the show in 2019; thanks to the diligent reporters, producers and operations 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 on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. 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 take 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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