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.

Pages

-Inside Pitch
10:11 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Cincinnati council locked out of convention hall

Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach and several other Ohio elected officials were locked out of Time Warner Cable Arena shortly after 9 p.m., just as rumors were running rampant that President Obama was going to enter the building for President Clinton's nominating speech.

"They told us the fire marshal said there were too many people in the building,'' Seelbach said.. "But we were hearing about President Obama coming in to the building."

Hundreds were stuck outside the building, unable to get in.

-Inside Pitch
7:47 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Strickland gets God, Jerusalem in Democratic platform

The first bit of discord at the Democratic National Committee came early in Wednesday's session when former Ohio governor Ted Strickland introduced a platform amendment mentioning God and declaring that the party believes Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.


Strickland, a Methodist minister and co-chairman of the platform committee, made the motion shortly after the Wednesday session began, saying God and faith "informed the development" of the original platform presented to the convention.

Read more
-Convention Coverage
4:50 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Democrats from red state Kentucky aren't discouraged

The seating arrangements on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Arena tell it all when it comes to Kentucky's role in this presidential election.


The Bluegrass State's 73 delegates are about halfway back in the arena, up against the far wall, to the left of the speaker's podium - not the prime position that goes to key battleground states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

Read more
-Convention Coverage
11:11 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Sherrod Brown says special interests are lined up to defeat him

Ohio's senior U.S. senator, Sherrod Brown, told the Ohio delegation at its breakfast Wednesday morning that no Democratic senator in the country is facing the kind of torrent of spending on negative advertising from conservative Super PACs that he is.


"In spite of the $16 million they are spending against me, they are wasting their money,'' Brown said to the delegates. "And that $16 million does not include the electronic billboards, the direct mail and the radio ads they are running against me."

Read more
-Convention Coverage
10:54 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Obama won't speak in football stadium because of rain threat

The Democratic National Convention Committee just announced that President Obama's Thursday night acceptance speech has been moved out of the open air Bank of America football stadium because of the threat of severe weather in Charlotte.


It will be moved back to the Time Warner Cable Forum, the basketball arena where the first two nights of the convention are being held.


Organizers had hoped to have a crowd of about 70,000 for the acceptance speech in the stadium that is home to the Carolina Panthers of the NFL.

Pages