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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Some final, very random, thoughts on Tuesday's election:

Mega-bucks mayoral race: Does it really take something in the neighborhood of $3 million to get re-elected mayor, in little old Cincinnati, the 65th largest city in the United States?

When you are on the road with a presidential candidate, campaign press aides will promise you the moon and stars to make you happy.

They promise to make sure you are fed, that you have plenty of time to file your stories, that you will have dependable transportation to get from one event to another.

They may even promise you some quality time with the candidate.

After a while, though, you learn to take these promises with a grain of salt.

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For nearly four years now, John Cranley has held the mayor's office – pursuing his own agenda for the city, shaping the city bureaucracy to his liking, presiding over sometimes raucous council meetings and butting heads frequently with his political foes.

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When Yvette Simpson talks about the struggles of young Cincinnatians to escape lives of poverty, drugs and violence, she knows what she is talking about.

It is the story of her life as a child and a teenager.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik  Monday morning about the Cincinnati City Council election. It's the second the city has held where candidates are elected to four-year terms instead of two-year terms. Is it working; or should it be be changed? 

I've done a lot of traveling in my years as a reporter, from one end of this country to the other. Lots of airports; lots of airport hassles; lots of long cab rides from airport to hotel.

And I've learned a thing or two about travel.

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Background: Retired as a Mason police officer after a career-ending injury. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Education, MBA graduate of Ohio's Police Executive Leadership College and Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command. Endorsed by the Charter Committee.

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Background: Small business owner, entrepreneur. A bachelor's degree in public administration with a minor in professional writing from Capital University. A graduate of Mt. Healthy High School.

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Background: She came to the U.S. from her native Romania in 1999 to study at the University of Cincinnati, where she earned a master's degree in electrical engineering.

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Background: A lifelong resident of Avondale, Davis earned a graduate degree and a law degree from Indiana University. He is the founding executive director of the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation. He spent two years as a community liaison with former congressman Steve Driehaus, working with the African-American, faith-based, Latino and African communities. Davis is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: Works for Design Impact, a non-profit organization. Former aide to Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld. A graduate of Aiken High School, studied abroad in France and Spain. Holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and international business from the Carl H. Lindner School of Business at the University of Cincinnati. She is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee and by the Charter Committee.

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Background: Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Reed College; master's in Social Work (Administration), University of Cincinnati. Licensed to practice social work in Ohio since 2009. She is a former aide to the late David Crowley, when he was a councilman and vice mayor. She is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: Former employee of Cincinnati Public Schools. Owns and operates a home décor business. A bachelor's in Liberal Arts from Xavier University, concentrating on organizational leadership and a minor in gender and diversity studies.

Background: Private investigator, volunteer firefighter, district manager for Cricket Wireless. A student at Mount St. Joseph University and a graduate of Northwest High School.

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Background: A Westwood resident, Frondorf has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toledo. He manages the preconstruction department at Lithko Restoration Technologies, where he specializes in estimating the cost of preserving historic structures. He has been endorsed by the Charter Committee.

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Background: Green/sustainable builder. Bachelor of Music from Northern Kentucky University, Liberal Arts Degree from the University of Cincinnati. He has been endorsed by the Green Party. 

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Background: A pastor and consultant. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science Education from Miami University and a Certificate of Ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary. She is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: CEO of 767 Group, a child and education advocacy firm; strategic adviser for Cincinnati Preschool Promise, former executive director of the Strive Partnership. A Bachelor of Arts in economics from Ohio University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. He is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: A native of Oakwood, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Dayton, Maney pursued a career in real estate and moved to Over-the-Rhine. After serving two terms as vice president of the Over-the-Rhine Community Council, he moved to Clifton, where he was active in the Clifton Town Meeting. For four years, he was vice president of a large Over-the-Rhine real estate developer where he oversaw the development of dozens of vacant buildings into apartments, condos and commercial spaces. Maney is endorsed by the Hamilton County Republican Party.

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Background: An attorney, he was on city council from 1974 to 1992, serving his final year as mayor. In 1992, he was elected to the U.S. House, but lost the seat two years later to Republican Steve Chabot. He returned to politics in 2013 and was elected to city council, where he serves as vice mayor. Mann is a U.S. Navy veteran who went to Harvard Law School. Mann has the endorsements of the Cincinnati Democratic Committee and the Charter Committee.

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Background: Cincinnati council member, and former Procter & Gamble Global Business Development Manager. Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Arizona State University.

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Background: Executive Director of CLS Epilepsy Research Foundation Inc. Former teacher. Degrees from Central State University, Payne Theological Seminary and Wright State University. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve and the Ohio National Guard. He is endorsed by the Hamilton County Republican Party.

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Background: An occupational therapist and radio talk show host. Working on a PhD at Union Institute and University, has a master's degree in occupational therapy and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Findlay. Twenty-two years of experience in customer service and patient care. She runs what she described as a "small home health care agency."

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Background: Former city council member, former TV journalist. Filmmaker and small business owner. Bachelor of Science in communications from Miami University.

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Background: A Cincinnati council member since 2011. A graduate of St. Xavier High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Xavier University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. He was a Bohnett Fellow for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. He is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: Cincinnati city council member. A master's degree from Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. He is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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Background: A professional financial planner. Former president of the Cincinnati NAACP. Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in counseling from Bowling Green State University. Elected as an independent. Endorsed by the Green Party.

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Background: Prior to founding her own company, Sullivan Communications, she was the first executive director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Cincinnati, now known as Prevention FIRST!. She also is a former public information officer for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. Last year, she founded Girls with Pearls, an organization "to foster leadership and empower girls in impoverished neighborhoods to plan for a brighter future through education, personal responsibility and exposure to opportunity."

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Background: Cincinnati city council member, retired Cincinnati police officer. Graduate of the Cincinnati Police Academy. Attended the University of Cincinnati. He is endorsed by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about Mayor John Cranley's attack ads on opponent Yvette Simpson over her stand on the Children's Hospital Medical Center expansion. (Ed. note: Yvette Simpson has pulled out of a Monday night debate sponsored by EmpowerU. The debate was mentioned in the beginning of the chat.) 

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