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


early voting
2:54 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Ohio's early voting starts Tuesday; could eclipse 2008

There are signs that the early voting which begins in Ohio Tuesday is going to be even bigger this year than it was in the last presidential election four years ago.

Registered voters in Ohio will be able to vote in person at their county boards of elections beginning Tuesday morning, but many more are expected to vote absentee by mail.

As of Thursday, the Hamilton County Board of Elections had already received absentee ballot applications from 61,263 voters.

“They’ve been pouring in,’’ said Amy Searcy, director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

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Inside Pitch
10:01 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Poll: Large leads for Obama in key states, including Ohio

A new poll shows President Obama holding large leads over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in three key battleground states - Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released Wednesday has Obama up by 10 percentage points in Ohio - 53 percent to 43 percent for Romney.

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Inside Pitch
8:13 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Brown touts auto industry bailout at Middletown rally

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, locked in a tough race for re-election, will rally with union workers and Democratic supporters Wednesday afternoon to draw attention to his role in the 2009 auto industry bailout, which he says saved 850,00 Ohio jobs.

The rally is at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union hall at 1100 Crawford St. in Middletown.

Brown's campaign chose Middletown for the rally because AK Steel, located in that Butler County city, produces some of the steel for the Chevy Cruze, an Ohio-built auto.

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Local News
2:53 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Cincinnati council goes forward with $29 million streetcar plan

The Budget and Finance Committee heard from dozens of people for and against the streetcar project.

A majority of Cincinnati City Council voted Monday to shift $29 million in city funds to the $110 million streetcar project – including $15 million that neighborhood leaders believed was going to go to improvements in their neighborhoods.

City administrators told council members that the money would allow the city to go ahead with relocation of utility lines and pipes along the streetcar route through downtown and Over-the-Rhine, while the city continues to try to resolve a dispute with Duke Energy over who should pay for that.

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Inside Pitch
12:54 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

Michelle Obama in Cincinnati on first day of early voting

First Lady Michelle Obama plans a campaign event in Cincinnati on Oct. 2, the first day of early voting in Ohio; and campaign aides say that is no coincidence.

The First Lady can be expected to try to gin up a large turnout of Democratic voters for the first day of the 35-day period where Ohio voters can vote by absentee ballot or in person at their county boards of elections.

No details on Mrs. Obama's Cincinnati visit have been released yet.

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