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
10:14 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Will Rand Paul's message resonate with African-American voters?

There’s one thing you can say for certain about the small-government, libertarian-leaning junior senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, who (presumably) would like to be the next president of the United States.

He doesn’t shy away from a tough crowd.

Paul did it last year when he made a speech before a somewhat less than receptive crowd at Howard University, the historically black college in Washington, D.C.

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Local News
10:13 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Rand Paul pitches his ideas to Urban League delegates

Sen. Rand Paul
Credit U.S. Senate office

Rand Paul, Kentucky’s junior senator and a likely contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, pitched his ideas of economic and personal freedom to a polite but small crowd this morning at the National Urban League Conference.

Paul’s early morning speech, which lasted about 17 minutes, was seen as part of his continuing effort to reach out to minority voters, particularly African-Americans, in order to broaden the GOP voter base.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

VP Biden talks infrastructure, job training needs during conference in Cincinnati

Vice President Biden speaks to National Urban League Conference
Credit Howard Wilkinson

Vice President Joe Biden told the National Urban League Conference Thursday morning that the Obama administration is committed to job training and infrastructure repair.

The Vice President said that will go far in putting under-employed urban residents, particularly African-Americans, in better paying jobs.

Biden's message fit hand-in-glove with the them of the civil rights organization's four-day conference in Cincinnati - "One National Underemployed - Bridges to Jobs and Justice."

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Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency

Local News
2:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Biden, Paul to headline National Urban League Conference here

National Urban League President Marc Morial
Credit National Urban League

About 8,500 delegates will arrive in Cincinnati Wednesday for the four-day annual conference of the National Urban League.

The event at the Duke Energy Convention Center will feature some well-known speakers – Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a potential Republican presidential candidate, on Friday.

The theme of this year’s annual conference is “One Nation Underemployed: Bridges to Jobs and Justice.”

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