Howard Wilkinson

Political Reporter

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.

In 2012, the Society of Professional Journalists inducted Wilkinson into the Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame. 

Wilkinson appears on  Cincinnati Edition, blogs on politics and more, and writes the weekly column Politically Speaking at wvxu.org.

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8:57 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday politics chat: Will there be a Cincinnati council electon next year?

Howard Wilkinson

Politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked Monday morning with Maryanne Zeleznik about what happens to Charlie Winburn's Cincinnati council seat if he is elected to the Ohio Senate in November.

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Politics
4:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Who will replace Winburn if he goes to the Statehouse?

If Republican Charlie Winburn defeats Democrat Cecil Thomas in the 9th Ohio Senate District race on Nov. 4 – and that is a big “if” at this point - three things will happen:

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Politics
5:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Winburn, Thomas go toe-to-toe for open Ohio Senate seat

Charlie Winburn, Cecil Thomas
Credit Sarah Ramsey

9th Ohio Senate District:

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Politics
9:43 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday politics chat: Voter turnout

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about voter turnout in Ohio and Kentucky; and about Jim Tarbell's write-in campaign for Hamilton County commissioner.

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Politics
4:00 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Is Ohio headed for its lowest turnout in a governor's election in decades?

Early last Tuesday morning – the first day of early in-person voting at Ohio’s boards of elections – we stopped by the Hamilton County Board of Elections downtown fully expecting to see a line of voters eager to cast the first ballots in the 2014 election.

In past years – particularly gubernatorial and presidential elections – there have been long lines outside the board’s offices on Broadway, sometimes stretching around the block. Sometimes, people would camp out overnight on the sidewalk to be first in line.

Not this time.

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