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 wvxu.org.

Ways To Connect

91.7 WVXU's political reporter, Howard Wilkinson will be conducting a live, online chat from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida beginning at Noon EDT on Thursday August 30, 2012.

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, in a 13-minute speech before the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, blistered the Obama administration for its economic policies and got personal while talking about it.

The American dream of building a business and succeeding, Portman told a packed house at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, "is a dream I have seen up close."

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Hamilton County's Republican Party chairman, Alex Triantafilou, is proud of his Greek heritage; and he's been able this week to do some bonding with some of his fellow Greek-Americans at the Republican National Committee.

Tuesday night, Triantafilou left the floor of the convention to  go up to the concourse of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the concession stands were located.

He walked by the Florida delegation and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Greek American, saw his name tag.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a quick visit to the Ohio delegation breakfast this morning, and told Ohio reporters she had no interest in a taking a job in a Romney administration.

"I term my memoirs 'No Higher Honor," because there is no higher honor than the one I held,'' said Rice, who served as secretary of state in the administration of President George W. Bush. "I am not going anywhere. I am glad to be a teacher at Stanford."

Thousands of delegates - including hundreds from Ohio - were stranded for hours after last night's session because of the shuttle bus system set up by the Republican National Committee.

Ohio GOP chairman Bob Bennett told the delegates at this morning's delegation breakfast that it won't happen again.

"We've got (Republican National Committee chairman) Reince Priebus with us this morning and I know a lot of you are going to want to give him an earful, but don't, because we are going to talk, and we will take care of it,'' Bennett said.

Adrien and Rick Segal of Fairfield, both honorary Ohio delegates here in Tampa, were eating eggs and sausage at the Ohio delegation breakfast Wednesday morning, talking about the excitement of being at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the first night of the convention.

Adrien Segal was particularly impressed by the speech the nominee's wife, Ann Romney, delivered to the convention last night, telling personal stories about her life and marriage to a man who may become president.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Tuesday night gave a full house at the Republican National Convention in Tampa a glowing  report of all the good things he says have happened in Ohio since he took office, but blamed President Obama for holding the state back.

"When I came into office we were 48th in the country in job creation,'' Kasich said in an eight-minute speech to the delegates at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "We had 89 cents in our rainy day fund. Most kids have more than that in their piggy banks."

House Speaker John Boehner grew up in Reading, where his father ran a bar where he and his brothers swept the floors as kids.

Tuesday night, as speaker of the House and permanent chairman of the Republican National Convention, he started out his speech to open the evening session with a story from the bar in Reading.

"My dad and my uncles owned a bar outside of Cincinnati,'' Boehner said. "I worked there growing up, mopping floors, waiting tables. Believe me when I say I learned how to deal with every character who walked in the door.

Many of the nearly 500 Ohio delegates, alternates and guests were on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum Tuesday night wearing special "Buckeye Badges,'' hand-made by Fran DeWine, the wife of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Fran DeWine has painstakingly made the hundreds of badges for each of the last six Republican conventions.

They feature real buckeye nuts that come from the trees on the DeWine family farm near Cedarville.

"It's a lot of work, drilling through all those buckeyes,'' her husband said. "They're tough nuts."

Many of the nearly 500 Ohio delegates, alternates and guests were on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum Tuesday night wearing special "Buckeye Badges,'' hand-made by Fran DeWine, the wife of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Fran DeWine has painstakingly made the hundreds of badges for each of the last six Republican conventions.

They feature real buckeye nuts that come from the trees on the DeWine family farm near Cedarville.

"It's a lot of work, drilling through all those buckeyes,'' her husband said. "They're tough nuts."

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