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
11:00 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

Will Ohio's Democratic ground game work in 2014?

Ohio Democrats were feeling pretty good Wednesday morning, once the votes had been tallied Tuesday night.
 

They managed to edge out a win in the Buckeye State for President Obama – 50.18 percent of the unofficial vote count for Obama, 48.18 percent for Mitt Romney.


And they managed to get Ohio’s Democratic senator, Sherrod Brown, re-elected over Republican challenger Josh Mandel, despite an avalanche of Super PAC money blanketing the state with TV ads trying to tear Brown down.

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Inside Pitch
2:59 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

UC's Ohio Poll nails it - again

The final Ohio Poll from the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research was only two-tenths of a percentage point off the final election results in the presidential and U.S. Senate races in Ohio.

That means the Ohio Poll has accurately projected the winner in all 40 of the statewide candidate and ballot issue races it has polle

d since 1994.

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Inside Pitch
1:31 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Politico: Portman to run 2014 GOP Senate races?

Politico.com reported today that Ohio's junior senator, Rob Portman, is interested in chairing the National Republican Senatorial Comm

ittee (NRSC) in the 2014 campaign cycle.

The website cited two unnamed sources "familiar with his thinking" who said Portman - who was on the short list of potential running mates for GOP nominee Mitt Romney - is considering running for the NRSC job. Portman - who campaigned hard for Romney throughout Ohio - has said nothing on the subject.

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Local News
9:59 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Southwest Ohio veterans inducted into Hall of Fame

An Air Force veteran of the the Persian Gulf War from Loveland and a Reading nun who served in the Navy during World War II are being inducted today into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

They are part of a 2012 class of 15 veterans from around Ohio being inducted today in ceremonies at the Museum of National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton.

Sister Mary McHugh of Reading, who entered the Sisters of Notre Dame order in 1954, served in the U.S. Navy during World War  II.  She was instrumental in reviving the first American Legion Post in Ohio for female veterans.

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Inside Pitch
10:41 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Obama's Ohio win closer this time, but a win is a win

Four years ago, politicos on both sides were stunned when the formerly rock-solid Hamilton County was won by Barack Obama by a margin of 29,683 votes, taking 54 percent of the county to 46 percent for GOP nominee John McCain.

This year, the GOP and the Romney-Ryan campaign rolled the dice on winning back Hamilton County, one of the handful of linchpin counties that can make or break a presidential campaign in Ohio.

Again, though, they lost.

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