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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-Inside Pitch
11:02 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Clint Eastwood in an empty chairs takes it from union leader

Ohio delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte were treated to a replay of Clint Eastwood's imaginary conversation with President Obama in a empty chair that took place at the Republican convention in Tampa - this time with Eastwood in the empty chair.

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-Inside Pitch
10:12 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Alicia Reece plans to take the Obama message to the streets

State Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Bond Hill, showed up in Charlotte Monday morning in time for the Ohio delegation breakfast, proud to be attending for the first time as an elected delegate.

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-Inside Pitch
8:23 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Ohio's prime spot on the convention floor

Tomorrow night, when First Lady Michelle Obama makes her speech to the Democratic National Convention at Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena, she can look to her left and see the Ohio delegation sitting close by the stage.

Placement of state delegations on the floor of the convention is usually an indication of the state's importance in the upcoming election - and Ohio is a very important battleground state.

So, they have a prime spot, just to the left of the speakers' podium in the arena that usually houses the Charlotte Bobcats, an NBA team.  

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Inside Pitch
6:15 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Ohio Democrats split between two hotels in Charlotte

The 225 delegates and alternates from Ohio are staying in two different hotels in Charlotte, nearby to one another on the north side of town.

About half are in the Hilton University Plaza hotel and the rest are in the Drury Inn, just a block or so away.

Shortly before 5 p.m., several busloads of delegates and guests, most of northeast and northwest Ohio, rolled into the Drury Inn parking lot after the long ride to Charlotte.

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Inside Pitch
5:58 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Kentucky Democrats roll into Charlotte by bus

Paul Whalen of Fort Thomas and his wife Teena were among 22 Kentucky delegates, guests and spouses who piled into a bus in Frankfort early Sunday morning for the long drive to Charlotte, site of the Democratic National Convention.

Whalen, who chairs the Campbell County Democratic Party, didn't seem to mind.

"Meeting a lot of nice people from around Kentucky as well as learning more about the Commonwealth,'' Whalen e-mailed from the bus.

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