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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Taste of Cincinnati
9:20 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Best in Show at Taste of Cincinnati

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The 2013 Taste of Cincinnati winners are out. The annual food festival is Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27. Organizers expect the event will draw 500,000 people.

*2013 Best of Taste Awards*

*Appetizer*

1st Place: Crab Rangoon, Thai Taste
2nd Place: Cuban Black Bean Soup, Silver Ladle
3rd Place: Risotto Balls, Pompilios

*Entrée*

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Metropolitan Sewer District
1:25 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

County & City still at odds over hiring practice

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners still aren't happy with the City of Cincinnati's responsible bidder program for Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) construction projects.

The board is drafting replacement language and, to show he means business, commissioner Chris Monzel is considering a restraining order forcing the city not to award any MSD contracts until the issue is resolved.

The key issue is a clause requiring companies bidding for sewer work to have certified apprenticeship programs with graduates.

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Sequester
4:15 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

WPAFB details sequester cuts

Following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement that civilian furloughs have been reduced from 14 days to 11, officials at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton are outlining their plans for dealing with sequester cuts.

In an email to WVXU, Public Affairs Specialist Ted Theopolos writes:

Cincinnati budget
3:18 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Cincinnati park supporters outlining possible cuts

If the Cincinnati Parks' budget is cut, all park fountains - like these at the newly opened Smale Riverfront Park - could run dry this summer, according to park advocates.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati park officials are laying out some drastic changes you could expect this summer if proposed budget cuts are approved by City Council. Fountains could be turned off, lakes could be drained and flower beds could go unplanted.

Ault Park's Facebook page lists more closings that could be considered including the Mt. Airy Dog Park and Disc Golf course, a handful of entire parks, and all park restrooms.

Here's a letter being circulated by one park advocacy group:

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Chief James Craig
11:14 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Chief Craig: Detroit is home

Chief James Craig leaving a press conference after announcing he's leaving Cincinnati to take the top job in his native Detroit.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig is officially going home. Craig is taking the top job in his hometown of Detroit.

"It's home," says Craig. "My family, my siblings, mom and dad who are aging, those are big draws... I started my policing career there almost 38 years ago. This is an opportunity to finish my policing career in a city that I love and make a difference."

Craig says he's excited about the opportunity and thankful for his time and the people in Cincinnati, adding he wouldn't have been considered for the Detroit job without his experiences here.

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