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
8:02 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning chat: Both 2016 conventions in Ohio?

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the possibility that Ohio may host both of the presidential nominating conventions next year. Cleveland has already nailed down the GOP convention; and Columbus is waiting to see if it will get the Democratic convention.

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Politics
4:00 am
Sun January 18, 2015

If Columbus doesn't get the Democratic convention, it won't be for lack of trying

Don’t be jealous, Cincinnati, but our neighbor to the north, Columbus, may be on the verge of landing its first presidential nominating convention

And, if the Democratic National Committee decides to land its 2016 convention in Ohio’s capital city, it will mean the Buckeye State will be hosting both major party presidential nominating conventions next year. The Republicans have already chosen Cleveland, after passing over Cincinnati and a number of other cities.

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Local News
8:49 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Tracie Hunter may face new trial on eight charges

Hunter in court before verdict was read
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Special prosecutors apparently intend to re-try suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter on the eight felony counts that were declared a mistrial last fall when jurors couldn’t reach a verdict on them.

Hunter was convicted on one count of unlawful interest in a public contract and was sentenced to six months in jail and six months probation. She is appealing that conviction. Hunter is free on her own recognizance during the appeal.

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Politics
8:05 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning chat: The power of money in Ohio's U.S. Senate race

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the beginning stages of the 2016 U.S. Senate race in Ohio, the huge war chest of incumbent Rob Portman, and the Democrats who may try to take him on.

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Politics
4:00 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Portman plays hardball with potential opponents

Ohio’s junior senator, Republican Rob Portman, fired a shot across the bow last week – a warning shot for anyone thinking about running against him in 2016.

His campaign committee put out a long statement saying that, as of the end of 2014, Portman had $5.8 million in the bank for his re-election campaign – a pretty incredible amount for 23 months before the election.

And the unspoken message was that he can get plenty more where that came from.

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