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
12:00 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Will the Ohio governor's race be competitive? Answer: Nobody really knows

Should supporters of Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, be dancing in the streets over an independent poll released last week, that had Kasich with a 15 percentage point lead over Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald.

Or should they, as Ohio Democrats believe, hold off on their “happy dance,” with over five months left before election day?

It depends on how seriously you take polls in election campaigns. It depends on how much you believe in the power of money in politics.

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Local News
8:49 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Rand Paul, possible GOP presidential candidate, rips into Hillary Clinton here

Sen. Rand Paul at Hamilton County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner
Credit Howard Wilkinson

There was no declaration of candidacy for president Friday night when Rand Paul appeared before a large crowd at the Hamilton County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner, but he sounded like a man who may well run.

And, before a crowd of over 600 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, the junior senator from Kentucky made it clear that if he does run and becomes the 2016 GOP nominee, he knows who his Democratic opponent will be – former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

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Local News
12:15 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

No lay-offs in Cranley's proposed "structurally balanced" budget

Mayor John Cranley presenting his budget proposal during a press conference at District One police headquarters.
Credit Jay Hanselman

Mayor John Cranley presented a new budget Wednesday morning which closes a $22 million budget hole without lay-offs of city employees.

Cranley, in a press conference at police headquarters, said the $358 million general fund budget, if passed by city council, would be the first structurally balanced city budget in more than a decade.

“No gimmicks, no on-time revenue streams,’’ Cranley said, surrounded by several city council members and representatives of the police and fire departments and city employee union officials.

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Local News
8:56 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked this morning with Jay Hanselman about some of the most competitive races voters in Hamilton County will decide in this fall's election.

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Politics
12:00 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Tuesday's primary produced some races to watch this fall

Tuesday’s primary was a low turnout affair. There was no county in southwest Ohio where the turnout reached 20 percent.

So a relative handful of Democratic and Republican voters got to choose the candidate for this this November’s election.

Many of the fall match-ups are mismatches. Most of the state legislative districts are so heavily Republican or Democratic that the primary winners will almost surely be the winners in the fall.

And, in county races, incumbents – both Democrat and Republican – have a distinct advantage.

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