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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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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Local News
4:48 am
Tue December 30, 2014

After 25 years and 48 elections, Campbell County Clerk Jack Snodgrass' work is done

Campbell County Clerk Jack Snodgrass retiring after 25 years in office
Jon Hughes/photopresse

If you are a Campbell County resident who came of voting age in 1990 or beyond, you have never voted in an election that was not supervised by county clerk  Jack Snodgrass.

Twenty-five years in office. Forty-eight elections run under the 70-year-old Democrat’s direction. And he was re-elected time and time again.

Until this year, that is. 2014 was the year that Snodgrass, one of the most popular figures in Campbell County politics, decided to hang it up; and not run for re-election.

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Local News
8:58 am
Mon December 29, 2014

City looking at possibility of asbestos clean-up for collapsed downtown building

Collapsed building at 128 West Court Street downtown
Bill Rinehart

Cincinnati's building department took samples of "suspect asbestos containing materials" Sunday from the rubble of a three-story building on West Court Street that collapsed Saturday night.

Meanshile, West Court Street between Elm and Race streets remained closed Monday while crews continue to clean up after a three-story building collapsed Friday night.

Rocky Merz, the city's director of communications, said the materials are being tested to see if asbestos was present in the building, which was built in 1865.

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Politics
8:02 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning chat: Looking ahead at politics in 2015

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with Maryanne Zeleznik, looking at what is coming in politics in the new year and beyond.

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Local News
7:06 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court says Tracie Hunter won't be jailed during appeal

Tracie Hunter
Credit Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter will not have to report to jail Monday morning,  thanks to a ruling late Friday afternoon by the Ohio Supreme Court.

The court, on a 4-3, said Hunter could remain free on her own recognizance while her felony conviction on a felony count of unlawful interest in a public contract is under appeal.

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