Howard Wilkinson: Politics and More

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his political blog, his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with news director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 14 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time. 

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PHILADELPHIA – One eternal truth of presidential nominating conventions, whether Democratic or Republican, is that they are places where statewide candidates are born.

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

PHILADELPHIA – Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has been all-in for Hillary Clinton from the start of her campaign, helping her raise money in Cincinnati for her exploratory committee long before she officially announced her candidacy.

ML Schultze / WKSU, Ohio Public Radio

PHILADELPHIA – Not all of the 63 Ohio delegates who will cast their votes for Bernie Sanders Tuesday night have come to peace with the idea of Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee, but Sanders' speech to the convention Monday night did bring many of them around.

The Democratic National Convention is underway in Philadelphia.  WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the first day of the convention and what to expect Tuesday.

Now that the Republicans have wrapped up their convention in Cleveland, it's time for the Democratic National Convention  in Philadelphia. 

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

PHILADELPHIA – For many of the older delegates at the Democratic National Convention, the ones with many conventions under their belts, the discord between the Hillary Clinton camp and the Bernie Sanders camp is old hat.

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

PHILADELPHIA - Rep. John Lewis, the long-time congressman from Georgia who is an icon of the 1960s' civil rights movement, came to the Ohio delegation's breakfast Monday morning for a speech that was brief but to the point.

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

PHILADEPHIA - When the first evening session of the Democratic National Convention opens Monday night, 93-year-old Ruby Gilliam of the little town of Minerva in Carroll County, Ohio, will be on the stage in front of a nationwide television audience.

Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

PHILADELPHIA – Rep. Marcia Fudge, who represents a U.S. House district in Cleveland, is the permanent chair of the Democratic National Convention here this week and will wield the gavel during sessions.

The Democratic National Convention begins Monday in Cleveland.  WVXU's Politics Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about what to expect.

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