Mark Heyne

Cincinnati Edition Host

Mark Heyne hosts Cincinnati Edition Monday through Friday at 1:00 pm.

Heyne's journalism experience in Greater Cincinnati spans more than 20 years and includes positions with WLW, WHIO, WMOH and Traffic Watch/News Watch. He has received awards from the Ohio Associated Press, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, The Press Club of Ohio, and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

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  Many individuals and families all across our region are facing hard economic times. According to the latest federal statistics, 18% of the Cincinnati Tri-state population now lives in poverty. And in in a two-square-mile area of Middletown, every single Latino child is poor by federal poverty standards. 

The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio’'s recently-released report, “The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities,” shows the stark disparities faced by African-Americans in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. African-Americans here have higher rates of infant mortality, preventable-yet-often-fatal diseases and incarceration, but lower rates of home ownership, high school graduation, private health insurance, and employment than white residents.

Financial Opportunity Centers are one-stop neighborhood-based centers designed to help working families and individuals achieve financial stability and economic self-sufficiency. The centers provide a full range of services and support, from financial coaching, credit counseling and tax preparation, to employment assistance and enrollment in public benefit programs.

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The City of Cincinnati has released a preliminary report on the death of Cincinnati Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon. A 30-year veteran with the Cincinnati Fire Department, FAO Gordon died in the line of duty last March in a Madisonville apartment building fire. WVXU reporter Tana Weingartner joins us for a look at the preliminary report's findings. 

Civil forfeiture laws allow police to seize and keep property without making an arrest or filing charges. Then it is up to the individual to prove his or her innocence and attempt to reclaim the seized property. Designed to help fight drug trafficking, many now say the practice is routinely abused, and turns the justice system on its head.

As the advanced manufacturing sector expands in Northern Kentucky there are good, well-paying jobs going unfilled. Local public education institutions, including our high schools, Gateway Community & Technical College, and Northern Kentucky University, are committed to preparing students for the sector. And a new campaign by the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Coalition, I Made it in NKY,  aims to educate the public about the opportunities for jobs and careers.

This year'’s weather has been tough on farmers, but the dozens of  farmer's’ markets around Greater Cincinnati are stocked-full of fresh fruits, vegetables and other locally-produced items, from baked goods and meats to fresh-cut flowers.

Food access and security continues to be a problem, here and in many other parts of the country. According to a 2011 Cincinnati study,  69% of residents live at least 1.5 miles or more from a mainstream grocery outlet. And most of those residents are below the federal poverty line. The Produce Perks program increases affordability and accessibility to healthful foods for low-income families and individuals, focusing on access to healthy fruits and vegetables.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black has fired Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. In a 35 page document, the city manager cites "lack of sufficient and proper communication" and "consistent and pervasive disregard for chain of command." WVXU reporter Howard Wilkinson joins us for an update on the story.




Local attorney Jill P. Meyer took over as the new president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce the first of this month. Ms. Meyer, a member of the Chamber'’s board of directors since 2011, will be the third CEO of the organization, the nation’'s fifth-largest chamber, within the past three years.