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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Politics
4:00 am
Sun December 14, 2014

David Pepper may be on the verge of becoming Ohio Democratic Party chair

It is looking more and more probable that when the Ohio Democratic Party’s executive committee meets Tuesday night in Columbus, it will pick Cincinnati’s David Pepper as the new state party chairman.

And Pepper – the former city council member and Hamilton County commissioner who ran and lost the race for Ohio Attorney General this year – will then have the unenviable task of picking up the pieces of a political party that was shattered in this year’s election.

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Politics
8:10 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday chat: On Rob Portman; and the passing of an Ohio political legend

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Rob Portman's re-election chances and the passing of an Ohio political giant, former GOP chairman Bob Bennett.

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Politics
4:00 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Now that he says he's not running for president, how will Portman fare in re-election bid?

Sen. Rob Portman threw a bucket of cold water on those who were hot to see him run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination when he announced Monday that he would be running for re-election to a second term in the Senate instead.

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Local News
9:27 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Hunter's motion for new trial denied; sentencing to come Friday

Former juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter
Credit Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Former juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter's motion for a new trial has been denied; and she will be sentenced in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Friday.

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Local News
8:47 am
Tue December 2, 2014

NAACP bringing its national convention to Cincinnati in 2016

Mayor John Cranley announces the return of the NAACP convention to Cincinnati.
Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The NAACP has chosen Cincinnati as the site of its 2016 national convention, an event that will bring nearly 10,000 people to the city – and is likely to draw the 2016 presidential candidates as well.

The NAACP last held its national convention here in 2008, a presidential election year; and it drew then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and GOP nominee John McCain to the Duke Energy Convention Center. 2016, too, is a presidential election year; and the July event can be expected to draw presidential candidates and other national political figures.

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