Tana Weingartner

Reporter

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.

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Cincinnati Parks
12:37 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Donation will create rose garden and tree grove at Smale Riverfront Park

Several generations of the Gardner family gather to announce the rose garden and tree grove to honor Jim and Joan Gardner.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Gardner Family Foundation is donating $2.3 million to develop a portion of Smale Riverfront Park. The money will be used to create a rose garden and nearly two acre tree grove.

Peggy Johns says the Gardner Family Grove and Rose Garden is a tribute to her late father Jim.

"My father loved Cincinnati," says Johns. "Roses were a passion for him all his life. My grandfather Gardner was a prize rose grower... and my dad learned how to take care of the roses growing up, that was his chore."

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Public Health
4:21 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Could early exposure to lead cause osteoporosis and falls?

Kim Dietrich (L) and Amit Battacharya (R) say, "with the aging of the U.S. population, now is the time to assess risks of childhood lead exposure for older adults."
Credit UC Academic Health Center / Provided

Researchers at UC's College of Medicine have landed a $2.35 million grant to study lead exposure in African American women.

Amit Battacharya and Kim Dietrich started studying the long-term effects of pre-natal lead exposure 35 years ago. Their work and other similar studies have largely focused on neurological issues. Now study participants are approaching bone maturation age and Battacharya says women, especially African American women who are at higher risk, face a new problem.

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Public Safety
3:21 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Cincinnati Police increasing patrols downtown

Credit Michael Keating / Cincinnati Police

Despite back-to-back shooting incidents downtown this week, shootings and violent crime remain down in Cincinnati compared to last year.

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell says police are stepping up patrols throughout the summer anyway to make sure people feel, and are, safe downtown.

"We're going to have a comprehensive incident command-based plan as we move forward to address every weekend event that we have from now through Labor Day and beyond even through Oktoberfest," says Blackwell.

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Miami Valley
3:12 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Billboards tackle human trafficking

The billboards around Dayton will feature one of these three images.
Credit Provided

Dayton is now just the second city in Ohio with billboards publicizing the Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign. Though the program is state funded, money for the billboards had to be raised through donations.

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Politics
1:10 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Cleveland wins 2016 Republican National Convention

Cincinnati's loss is Cleveland's gain. The city has been chosen to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Cleveland was selected over Dallas.  A date hasn't been announced.

This will be Cleveland's third time hosting. It previously held the convention in 1924 and 1936.

Speaking with reporters after a campaign event in Hamilton this morning, Gov. John Kasich praised Cleveland for landing the convention.

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