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A Year in Review: The Biggest Stories of 2018

The good, the bad, and the newsy, these are the stories that CMN covered this year.



From global politics to local campus stories, 2018 was a big year with a lot of big headlines. We’ve gone through all of our coverage of the year and found the stories that we think really stood out. What was the biggest story of 2018 for you?


The #MeToo movement brought down the careers of a lot of prominent public figures including Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Les Moonves, and many more. However, many #MeToo experiences didn’t take place in the national spotlight but rather on college campuses across the country. Here are just a few of the stories our writers covered throughout the year.

Midterm Elections

The U.S. midterm elections experienced many firsts that are likely to change politics on Capitol Hill forever. Here is some of the election coverage by our writers, starting with the primaries and ending with the election results.

National News

In 2018 the country experienced a lot of major news stories, including the fight for gun control, family separation, and Brett Kavanaugh’s historic confirmation hearing. Here are some of the major headlines from CMN.

Global News

Perhaps just as important as national news, the international community shared tragedy and triumph together throughout the year. In 2018, we saw Saudi Arabian women legally drive for the first time, a Thai soccer team successfully rescued from a cave, and a royal wedding.


2018 has been a big year for CMN’s music coverage. Since we piloted our first Music Journalism course, our writers have been working hard to become experts in their field from writing album reviews to covering breaking news. Here are a few of our favorite stories — check out the rest here.

Inside the Ivy

Another one of our favorites, CMN reporter Natalia Kolenko wrote about the comings and goings at the Ivy Leagues. (Click here to read more of Kolenko’s column.)

Good News

We know as well as anyone that the news can get you down sometimes, so we thought we’d end this roundup of the year’s biggest headlines with some of the good news brought by 2018.

From all the CMN Staff, we wish you happy new year and here’s hoping that 2019 is filled with good news!

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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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