Ohio University

Ed. note: Tales from the Trail is a column that will take you behind the scenes of politics to see some of the funny, and sometimes outright bizarre things that happen on the campaign trail, based on Howard Wilkinson's recollections of 43 years of covering politics. 

There are an awful lot of people who knew Morris K. Udall – better known as "Mo" ­– who believe he would have made a great president of the United States.

The Arizona Democrat served in the U.S. House for 30 years until the effects of Parkinson's Disease forced him into retirement in 1991.

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Here's a confession about my old friend Howard Wilkinson: Many of his best stories never made the radio, newspaper or web.

Yes, he has reported the news for 43 years, and has been the leader in breaking news about politics – but his best stories were about how he got the story, the crazy, weird and always funny stuff that happened in pursuit of the news. Until now.

John Kiesewetter

It's official: Howard Wilkinson will be honored in Columbus as one of the best Ohio politics reporters today -- which I've known since we worked together on The Post student newspaper at Ohio University 40+ years ago.

But he's much more than that. He's one of the best storytellers I've ever read -- on practically any subject.  

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Online harassment is not new to women, especially when it comes to female journalists and bloggers. In fact, about two-thirds of women journalists have faced threats, intimidation or abuse about the work they do, according to the International Women'’s Media Foundation and the International News Safety Institute. The threat even extends to family or friends a quarter of the time.

My visit to Ohio University

Jun 19, 2014
WVXU, by Mark Heyne

In 1803, Ohio became a state of the union. The next year, the people of the new state were very fortunate, because they lit the candle of education for its people. To develop the Northwest Territory, they founded a college called Ohio University in an isolated area of southeast Ohio. The town of Athens grew up around the new university.  

I was lucky enough to visit the university recently. It is a place that has antique architecture and lush green area all around.