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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-Convention Coverage
11:21 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Tristate delegates leave Tampa fired up about Romney-Ryan

The mood among Tristate delegates on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday night, as Mitt Romney delivered his reception speech, may have best been summed up in a tweet.

"An honor to be so close to this historic moment,'' Hamilton County Republican Party chairman Alex Triantafilou tweeted as Romney took the stage Thursday.

Accompanying his tweet was a photo Triantafilou took of Romney at the podium, from Ohio's up-front position on the convention floor, just in front of the podium.

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-Convention Coverage
1:38 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

DeWine: Obama-Romney not unlike Carter-Reagan

When Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a veteran of about 40 years of politics, thinks about the upcoming battle for the presidency, it reminds him of 1980, when incumbent President Jimmy Carter was defeated by Ronald Reagan.


"I liken Obama-Romney to that,'' DeWine told WVXU Thursday. "People then didn't much like Carter, but they didn't really know Ronald Reagan - they knew he had been governor of California, was in the movies. But they didn't know that much about him."

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-Convention Coverage
11:25 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Romney coming to Cincinnati Saturday

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will make Cincinnati one of his first campaign stops after the Republican National Convention ends in Tampa tonight.

Romney is expected to hold an event Saturday at the Museum Center at Union Terminal.

The Romney/Ryan campaign said doors will open at the Museum Center at 8 a.m. Saturday and that the event will  be at 10 a.m.

Beginning Thursday night, people wishing to attend can RSVP at www.mittromney.com/states/ohio.

On Sunday, President Obama will return to Ohio for a campaign event in Toledo.

Inside Pitch
11:12 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Condoleezza Rice speech brought Ohio delegate to tears

Mary Ann Christie, the former mayor of Madeira and an alternate delegate, found tears rolling down her face as she listened to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice speak to the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

"I was touched by her telling her personal story, the story of her life,'' said Christie.

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Live Chat
9:33 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Live Chat From the RNC:

91.7 WVXU's political reporter, Howard Wilkinson will be conducting a live, online chat from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida beginning at Noon EDT on Thursday August 30, 2012.

To take part in the live chat, click here:

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