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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Inside Pitch
2:25 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Count Chabot as "no'' on "pathway to citizenship"

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood, who has made illegal immigration an issue in most of his election campaigns, is opposed to both of the immigration reform packages proposed recently - one by President Obama and another by a bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators.

Both plans lay out a "pathway to citizenship" for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the U.S.

On his blog, Chabot laid out his reasons for opposing both the Obama and Senate plans.

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Inside Pitch
3:39 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

KY legislator files rape victim protection law

State Rep. Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) filed a bill in the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday which he says will close a loophole that grants parental and visitation rights to convicted rapists if they seek those rights.

Kentucky is one of 34 states that has no protection for rape victims who become mothers as a result of the rape, Keene said.

Keene said he found out that Kentucky had no such law last summer when he read about a Massachusetts case of a 14-year-old rape victim dealing with this issue in the courts.  

Local News
2:14 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Register for a chance at Reds' Opening Day tickets

April 1 is the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day; and if you want a shot at buying tickets, you can register online for a February drawing.

According to the Reds, winners will be drawn in mid-February and will then have the opportunity to buy up to four tickets for the Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

You can register online here.

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Local News
11:00 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Crowd forming (slowly) for Cincinnati council race

Slowly but surely, the 2013 race for Cincinnati City Council – the first in which council members will be elected for four years terms – is taking shape.


Not that there is any hurry. The filing deadline for council candidates is not until August.
 

But the city’s three political parties – and the candidates themselves – can’t wait that long to get campaigns up and running.
 

A Cincinnati City Council election is a non-partisan election – meaning that no party designations appear on the ballot next to candidates’ names.
 

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Inside Pitch
2:17 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Northern Kentucky legislators want citizen input

All sixteen state senators and representatives from the Northern Kentucky area are inviting citizens to a Feb. 2 meeting in Erlanger to hear what issues they want the Kentucky legislature to deal with this year.

The Northern Kentucky Legislation Caucus meeting will run from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Erlanger City Building, 505 Commonwealth Avenue.

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