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.

Pages

Inside Pitch
9:01 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Blackwell and Springer, side-by-side

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson
photo by Michael Keating

J. Kenneth Blackwell and Jerry Springer - political polar opposites who served together on Cincinnati City Council in the 1970s - will share the stage March 12 for Beyond Civility's "Side-by-Side" discussion series.

Springer, a former councilman and mayor who went on to international fame as a TV talk show host, is a liberal Democrats. Blackwell, a former state treasurer and secretary of state who ran unsuccessfully for Ohio governor in 2006, is a conservative Republican.

Read more
Local News
10:03 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Sheriff's office employee arrested for theft

Michael Esposito
Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

The property room supervisor of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department - who is also a well-known nightclub singer in the Cincinnati area - has been arrested for removing property, along with his wife and his wife's son.

Arrested and charged with tampering with evidence were Michael Esposito, known as a performer as Mickey Esposito; his wife, Allison Esposito of Loveland, and her son, Adam Fintak of Norwood.

Read more
Inside Pitch
1:20 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Fourth time a charm for Kentucky DUI bill?

WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson

For the fourth year in a row, Kentucky State Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, has introduced a bill that would require those convicted of drunk driving to install an ignition interlock device which would test their breath for alcohol before allowing the engine to start.

This time, Keene is more confident his fellow legislators will go along, because of a federal law passed by Congress in 2012.

Read more
Politics
11:00 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Pepper, Kearney, Pillich: Statewide candidates?

Here’s a hard and fast rule of politics:
 

If you are a politician with some ambitions and the other political party in your state starts going after you in public, singling you out by name, you can be sure that they are worried about you as a threat to one of their own officer-holders.

Read more
Inside Pitch
3:47 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Qualls, Cranley at odds over mayoral debates

On the same day, mayoral candidate John Cranley proposed a debate soon over the issue of privatizing parking meters, his opponent, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, proposed a series of five post-primary debates - after council has acted on the parking issue.

Cranley, a former city council member, opposes the plan - which has yet to be formally introduced in Cincinnati City Council - while Qualls is a supporter.

Read more

Pages