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

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Legalizing marijuana in Ohio. A new governor in Kentucky. A fiercely debated park levy in Cincinnati. And literally hundreds of other candidate races and ballot issues.

All are to be decided Nov. 3, in an “off-year” election.

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Wright State University will host the first presidential debate of 2016.

The Commission on Presidential Debates says the debate will be Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at the Nutter Center.

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, campaigning in Sharonville Tuesday, told reporters his remarks on national TV Sunday saying he opposed a Muslim serving in the White House were taken out of context.

It was his first public appearance since he went on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, and said he could not support a Muslim in the White House because Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution.

The Ohio Republican Party has endorsed two Hamilton County judges – Patrick DeWine and Patrick Fischer – for two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court that will be open next year.

Fischer and DeWine  - both members of the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals - will be running for the seats of incumbent Republicans Judith Ann Lanzinger and Paul Pfeifer, who can’t run for re-election because of Ohio’s judicial age limit law.

The Ohio Republican Party has also endorsed the court’s chief justice, Maureen O’Connor, for re-election.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik about the ups and downs of the past week in the presidential campaign of Ohio Gov. John Kasich. 

 If you were watching Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Presidential Library on CNN, and wondered at times if Ohio Gov. John Kasich had gone missing, you are not alone.

  WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about Hillary Clinton's rocky road to the Democratic presidential nomination and if there are any potential challengers out there who could take it away from her. 

  Hillary Clinton brought her presidential campaign into Ohio for the second time Thursday, holding a “Women for Hillary” rally in Columbus and two private fundraisers, one in Ohio’s capital city and another here in Cincinnati.

It was really not a very good day for the former secretary of state and U.S. Senator who remains (we guess) the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Update 2:05 p.m.: Fraternal Order of Police president Kathy Harrell says officers feel like they've been listened to.

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The Hamilton County Board of Elections Monday morning rejected a challenge to the wording of a Cincinnati charter amendment that would create a one mill tax for city parks.