Essential Pittsburgh
2:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

WESA News Editors Look at Top News Stories of 2013

From the indictment of a police chief to a bridge covered in yarn. Looking back at the top local news stories of 2013.
From the indictment of a police chief to a bridge covered in yarn. Looking back at the top local news stories of 2013.
Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

The Pittsburgh region was impacted by many major news stories during 2013. From a breakthrough in the stalemate over funding for transportation infrastructure, to a police scandal and the election of a new mayor.

WESA’s Senior News Editor Mark Nootbaar gives some perspective on the year’s top stories.

At the state level, privatization of government functions were a theme for the Corbett Administration.

Nootbaar says, “The lottery situation and the state liquor system are two efforts were thwarted at every turn.”

One of the biggest local stories of 2013 was the investigation of the Pittsburgh police department and potential connections to Mayor Ravenstahl’s office.

“We entered 2013 with rumors that Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper may have been doing some side work. It kind of just grew out of there.”

Other notable stories of the year include Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s announcement that he would not run for re-election, the election of Bill Peduto, ongoing conflicts between UPMC and Highmark, and the trials of the Orie sisters.