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
8:05 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning chat: David Pepper, Kasich and the OSU Buckeyes, and Judge Spiegel

Howard Wilkinson
Credit WVXU, Michael Keating

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning on a wide variety of subjects: David Pepper's new job as Ohio Democratic Party chair, Gov. John Kasich's inaugural gala going on at the same time the Ohio State Buckeyes are playing for the national championship, and the legacy of the late Judge S. Arthur Spiegel.

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Politics
4:00 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Judge S. Arthur Spiegel: A long and meaningful life

On most Sundays, this space is devoted to partisan politics.

Not this Sunday. This Sunday it is time to step back and look at the long career of a man who transcended politics – Senior Judge S. Arthur Spiegel of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio. 

He passed away this past week at the age of 94. And, when word came out of his passing, there was a profound sense of loss among his friends, his fellow judges, and the many lawyers who appeared before him over the past 34 years – Democrat and Republican alike.

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Local News
8:29 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Senior federal judge Spiegel dies at age 94

Judge S. Arthur Spiegel
Credit U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Judge S. Arthur Spiegel, one of the longest serving federal judges in Cincinnati history, has died at the age of 94.

Spiegel, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, was appointed to the U.S. District Court of Southern Ohio in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter. In 1995, Spiegel took senior status, but continued to hear cases.

Several years ago, Spiegel published a memoir of his life called “A Trial on the Merits.” In it, he wrote of his legal career, but also of his time as a Marine, when he flew a single-engine plane into combat.

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Local News
9:45 am
Wed December 31, 2014

No asbestos clean-up needed at collapsed building, Cincinnati officials say

Collapsed building at 128 West Court Street
Credit Bill Rinhart/WVXU

City officials say tests on debris from a three-story building on West Court Street that collapsed Saturday night showed no asbestos removal is necessary in the clean-up.

City officials say, the owner may now remove all the debris so ordinary traffic can be resumed on West Court Street. The city has ordered the owner, Historic Limited Liability Company, to finish the clean-up and stabilize the remaining building.

City officials say the work must be supervised by a professional architect or engineer hired by the owner.

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Local News
2:32 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Cincinnati's "Food for Fines" program gathered over 3,500 canned goods

Parking meter reader
Credit Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati’s “Holiday Food for Fines” program collected 3,580 canned foods for the Freestore Foodbank and resulted in $12,780 in parking fines collected.

The program gave people with outstanding parking tickets a chance to have the late fees waived in exchange for 10 donated canned goods.

According to City Manager Harry Black, 286 people took advantage of the city’s offer; and, in some cases, people donated more than the required 10 cans of food. The people who participated were required to make a payment of $45 in addition to donating the canned food.

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