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


Local News
12:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Recount makes it official: Colerain police levy passes, barely

A recount of the Colerain Township police levy on the May 6 ballot has shown the issue passed by only 9 votes.

The official count had the levy passing by 11 votes out of a little over 6,700 ballots cast. Hamilton County election officials completed the recount Monday. The board of elections certified the results this morning.

Colerain Township officials say the additional levy was needed to hire new police officers and equipment. The township ended its contract with the Hamilton County sheriff's department last year. The levy will generate $2 million a year.

Local News
8:56 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU's political reporter, Howard Wilkinson, talks with Maryanne Zeleznik, about the possibility of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman as a presidential candidate in 2016.

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Local News
12:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Would Rob Portman take a chance on running for president?

On the evening of May 16, in Grand Ballroom A of the Duke Energy Convention Center, about 600 local Republicans gathered for the Hamilton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.

Many of those in the record-breaking crowd were there to see and hear the keynote speaker, one of the hottest commodities in the still very early battle for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination – Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky.

Some of the people in that room support Paul’s candidacy.

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Local News
3:36 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

After recount, Middletown school levy still passes

Butler County election officials held a recount Friday of a $65 million tax levy and bond issue for Middletown schools and the results remained the same - the issue passed by 22 votes out of about 5,900 cast.

Monday, Hamilton County Board of election officials will conduct a recount on a $2 million Colerain Township police levy that passed in the official count by 11 votes.

Automatic recounts are required when the results of a candidate race or ballot issue are within one half of one percent.

Local News
12:23 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Elections director Searcy appointed to judgeship

Amy Searcy
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Hamilton County elections director Amy Searcy has been appointed to a domestic relations court judgeship, effective Monday.

The incumbent Republican judge, Beth Mattingly, and retired withdrawn as a candidate for re-election.

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