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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PHILADEPHIA - When the first evening session of the Democratic National Convention opens Monday night, 93-year-old Ruby Gilliam of the little town of Minerva in Carroll County, Ohio, will be on the stage in front of a nationwide television audience.

Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

PHILADELPHIA – Rep. Marcia Fudge, who represents a U.S. House district in Cleveland, is the permanent chair of the Democratic National Convention here this week and will wield the gavel during sessions.

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CLEVELAND – Ohio's junior senator, Rob Portman, has been the object of barbs from his re-election opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, and Ohio Democrats for wanting to have it both ways when it comes to Donald Trump.

ML Schultze / Ohio Public Radio

CLEVELAND – His own presidential campaign is over; Donald Trump will accept his party's nomination for president Thursday night; and, still, Ohio Gov. John Kasich won't speak Trump's name in public.

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CLEVELAND – Sound like a president, not like a candidate.

That is what many in the Ohio delegation – a delegation that cast all of its 66 votes for Ohio Gov. John Kasich Tuesday night - want to hear from GOP nominee Donald Trump when he takes the stage Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena to deliver his acceptance speech, the biggest speech the billionaire developer has delivered in his still-brief political career.

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CLEVELAND – Cincinnati city council member Charlie Winburn is here this week as one of Ohio's alternate delegates; and he says he is fine with Donald Trump as his party's presidential candidate.

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CLEVELAND – Two of Ohio's top Republican elected officials – Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted – agree that if Donald Trump is to win Ohio, he must lean on the party organization to do it.

ML Schultze / Ohio Public Radio

CLEVELAND – House Speaker Paul Ryan – a Wisconsin Republican who went to college at Miami University – walked into the Ohio delegation breakfast Wednesday morning and told the delegates something they had yet to hear from any breakfast speaker during this convention.

CLEVELAND – Everyone in the room at the Ohio delegation breakfast Tuesday morning was more than familiar with Frank Luntz, one of the top Republican pollsters in the country and a frequent "talking head" on the Fox News Network.

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CLEVELAND – U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, the Westwood Republican, has no problem with Donald J. Trump as his party's standard bearer.

But he believes the man who will almost certainly officially become the GOP's nominee tonight at Quicken Loans Arena should have accepted the NAACP's invitation to speak at its annual convention this week in Cincinnati.

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

CLEVELAND – Every one of the 66 Ohio delegates to the Republican National Convention here are committed to cast their ballots for Gov. John Kasich Tuesday night.

And they will cast their votes for the losing candidate. Donald J. Trump will be the nominee.

CLEVELAND - Donald Trump's campaign manager caused a stir in the Ohio delegation Monday with remarks on NBC's Today Show criticizing Ohio Gov. John Kasich's decision to stay away from the Republican National Convention.

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CLEVELAND - In an Ohio delegation where there are plenty of people who have their doubts about Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, there are some who are all-in.

State Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, is one of them.

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CLEVELAND - Ordinarily, a state delegation breakfast at a presidential nominating convention features a main speaker who is acting as a surrogate for the presidential candidate.

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

CLEVELAND - Clarence Mingo, the Franklin County auditor and one of the most highly-visible African-American Republicans in Ohio, has made it clear that he has no use whatsoever for the GOP's presidential nominee,  Donald Trump.

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