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
11:00 pm
Sat December 22, 2012

Wenstrup rises; Schmidt falls

Rep. Jean Schmidt had been living on the edge ever since she was first elected in a special 2nd Congressional District election in 2005.

This year, she fell off the edge.

On January 7, Brad Wenstrup, the podiatrist and Iraq war veteran from Columbia Tusculum who defeated her in last March’s GOP primary, will take over as the congressman from the sprawling district that runs from eastern Hamilton County all the way to Pike and Scioto counties.

For Schmidt, the past eight years was quite a ride.

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Local News
3:09 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Miami University band to march in Inaugural Parade

The Miami University Marching Band was in the first wave of invitees to participate in the 57th Inaugural Parade on Monday, Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.

So far, the Miami University band is the only participant from Ohio invited by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

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Inside Pitch
3:54 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Rand Paul to headline Hamilton County GOP event

Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who has hinted at a possible run for the presidency in 2016, will be the featured speaker next month at the Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club's annual pancake breakfast.

Paul - the son of former Libertarian and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul - has been dropping broad hints about 2016, but that year is also the year when his U.S. Senate seat is up for re-election. And, under Kentucky election law, Paul would have to choose one or the other.

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Local News
11:17 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Prince Hall Shriners convention returning in 2015

The Prince Hall Shriners, who filled downtown Cincinnati in August 2011 with 25,000 members, spouses and family, liked the experience so much they are bringing their national convention back in 2015.


The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine – better known as the Prince Hall Shriners  - is the oldest African-American fraternal organization in the world , founded in 1893 with 35,000 members in 227 Shrine Temples around the country.

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Local News
11:00 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Four-year terms come to Cincinnnati in 2013

In 2013, the Cincinnati mayor’s race is likely to suck most of the air out of the room, as it has since the city adopted direct election of the mayor in 2001.


But it is not the only important race in Cincinnati next year.


There is this little thing called a city council election; and it will be vastly different this year than any other since the city charter was created in the 1920s.


As of now, Cincinnati voters will be electing nine council members for four-year terms, instead of the two-year terms we have had since 1927.

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