Mark Heyne

Reporter and Host of Cincinnati Edition & All Things Considered

Mark 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.

Heyne hosts Cincinnati Edition Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 pm and All Things Considered Monday through Friday.

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Taste of Cincinnati
3:33 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Yummy weekend helps Taste set attendance record

The 35th edition of Taste saw a 10 percent attendance increase thanks to beautiful weather, the Reds and new attractions.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

If you were at Taste of Cincinnati last weekend and thought it seemed busier than usual, you were right.  Lance Barry with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said the final estimate for the three-day event is in, and it's a record.

"We are projecting our numbers for the weekend to be right around 550,000," said Barry.  " We were expecting them to be right around a half-million at 500,000, but we're now very easily projecting, comfortably, a 10-percent increase from even where we thought we'd be for the weekend."

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Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
1:30 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Cincinnati Chamber CEO leaving

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber President and CEO Ellen van der Horst announced Tuesday that she will not renew her contract that ends early next year. The chamber will soon begin a search for her successor and van der Horst will stay on until her replacement is named.

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Taste of Cincinnati
4:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

35th annual Taste of Cincinnati starts Saturday

Tana Weingartner WVXU

Five blocks of Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati will turn into what's billed as the nation's longest running culinary arts festival this weekend.   The Taste of Cincinnati runs tomorrow through Memorial Day.  Lance Barry with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said there will be about 40 restaurants at the event, and 8 food trucks.

"That's actually a new addition with the Food Truck Alley," said Barry.  "Certainly the food trucks have taken off all over the country, including Cincinnati, so we wanted to incorporate them."

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Joe Morgan Statue
5:12 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Behind the scenes look at new Reds statue

Tom Tsuchiya is putting the final touches on his Joe Morgan statue this week.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

The Reds will be unveiling a new statue at Great American Ball Park later this year in honor of Hall-of-Fame Second Baseman Joe Morgan.  Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya  is putting the finishing touches on it this week at his studio. 

If you've been to the ballpark, you're already familiar with Tsuchiya's work.  He created the statues of Ted Kluszewski, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Johnny Bench.  He's also the artist for several statues at Xavier University, including the one of the Musketeer d'Artagnan, and the new Jesus statue at Solid Rock Church in Monroe. 

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Memorial Day Travel
12:28 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Fewer of us traveling this holiday weekend, but not by much

Fort Washington Way in Cincinnati
Mark Heyne WVXU News

AAA is projecting a slight decline in Memorial Day travel.  The automobile association says 34.8 million people will be traveling more than 50 miles from home Thursday through Monday.  Last year it was 35.1 million.   The automobile association estimates 1,312, 559 Ohioans plan to travel for the holiday, also a slight decline from last year. 

The economy's been doing better, but....

Cheryl Parker with AAA in Cincinnati said one reason for the decrease is the impact of the  federal government's budget sequester is starting to be felt. 

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