Howard Wilkinson

Reporter and Co-Host of Cincinnati Edition

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 co-hosts Cincinnati Edition on Thursday afternoons at 1:00 pm, blogs on politics and more, and writes the weekly column Politically Speaking at wvxu.org.

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Politics
9:31 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Hamilton County holding Voter Check "telethon" to aid voters

A the Hamilton County Board of Elections will hold a telethon-style event Tuesday and again on October 6th so voters can make sure they are up-to-date on their voter registration.

Hamilton County elections director Sherry Poland said the board will staff a phone bank from 5 to 6 p.m. on both days to help voters. Oct. 6 is the last day to register to vote in the November election.

“Voter Check is an opportunity for county residents to contact the board of elections to check up on their voter registration status,’’ Poland said.

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Politics
8:54 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked this morning with Maryanne Zeleznik about the legal battle over early voting in Ohio.

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Local News
12:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Military veterans invited to VA Medical Center's "town hall" forum today

Military veterans are invited to an open forum at the Cincinnati V-A Medical Center today to sound off and ask questions about V-A health care.

The forum begins at 6 p.m. today in the first floor auditorium of the medical center at 3200 Vine Street in Corryville.

Cincinnati VA spokesperson Denise Kerr says similar forums are being held this month at VA health care facilities around the country, at the direction of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, the former  CEO of Proctor & Gamble.

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Politics
12:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Ohio's "Golden Week" is back - but will voters take advantage of it?

Ohio’s “Golden Week” of early voting is back.

So too are the 35 day early voting period and extended evening and weekend hours for in-person early voting.

All thanks to a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus of Cleveland; and a refusal by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to put a stay on Economus’ decision.

Ohio Republicans are furious. Ohio Democrats are jubilant.

But, in the end, does it really matter?

Both sides think so, for different reasons, of course.

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Local News
8:02 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Cranley lays out ambitious agenda for Cincinnati in State of the City speech

Mayor John Cranley delivers State of the City address
Credit Howard Wilkinson

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley promised a lot of action in his first State of the City address Thursday night - less gun violence, a greater emphasis on basic services to the neighborhoods and a reduction in the number of Cincinnati residents living in poverty, among other things.

And, Cranley promised, a city that is even more fun to live in than it is now. He went so far as to say he is appointing an unpaid, volunteer “Commissioner of Fun” for the city.

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