Howard Wilkinson

Reporter and Co-Host of Cincinnati Edition

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 co-hosts Cincinnati Edition on Thursday afternoons at 1:00 pm, blogs on politics and more, and writes the weekly column Politically Speaking at wvxu.org.

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Local News
12:00 am
Sun June 16, 2013

No referendum, but plenty of campaign fireworks

So, it appears there will be no referendum on the city of Cincinnati’s parking lease agreement on the ballot this fall.


Unless, that is, in the unlikely event that the Ohio Supreme Court decides to take up the appeal of the decision made by the Ohio First District Court of Appeals this week saying the agreement is not subject to referendum because it was passed in March as an emergency ordinance.


But nobody on either side of this really expects this to happen.

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Howard Wilkinson's Political Blog
1:10 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Smitherman to give up NAACP presidency for now

Christopher Smitherman
Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati council member Christopher Smitherman will step down as president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP while he is running for re-election to council.

A number of members of the local chapter have urged Smitherman to leave the NAACP presidency while running for office. In a statement released Friday, Smitherman said he was doing so under a policy adopted by the NAACP's national board of directors in 1968.

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Cincinnati Reds
12:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Reds celebrate Vander Meer's double no-hitters

Johnny Vander Meer
Cincinnati Reds

This week marks the 75th anniversary of a feat that is unlikely to be repeated in Major League Baseball - the back-to-back no-hitters thrown by Cincinnati Reds' lefthander Johnny Vander Meer.

WVXU's Howard Wilkinson sat down this week with Greg Rhodes, the Reds' official historian, and Rick Walls, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, and to talk about the historic games and how the Reds will mark the anniversary:

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Local News
5:40 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

City objects to further stay in parking case

Sarah Ramsey

UPDATE: 6/13 5:40 pm


Cincinnati lawyers have filed a brief with the appeals court objecting to the plaintiffs' request for a stay in parking case.  The first two paragraphs from the city's request:

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Howard Wilkinson's Political Blog
7:51 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Former mayor Eugene Ruehlman dies

Eugene Ruehlmann
Cincinnati Bar Association

Eugene Ruehlmann, who was mayor of Cincinnati in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died Saturday night at the age of 88.

Mr. Ruehlmann, a lawyer who was first elected to council in 1959, served through 1971. During his last four years on council, his Republican council colleagues elected him mayor; and he is credited with working to put together the deal that led to the construction of a new stadium on the riverfront and helping to bring professional football to the city.

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