Howard Wilkinson

Reporter and Co-Host of Cincinnati Edition

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.

In 2012, the Society of Professional Journalists inducted Wilkinson into the Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame. 

Wilkinson co-hosts Cincinnati Edition on Thursday afternoons at 1:00 pm, blogs on politics and more, and writes the weekly column Politically Speaking at wvxu.org.

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Local News
11:00 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Four-year terms come to Cincinnnati in 2013

In 2013, the Cincinnati mayor’s race is likely to suck most of the air out of the room, as it has since the city adopted direct election of the mayor in 2001.


But it is not the only important race in Cincinnati next year.


There is this little thing called a city council election; and it will be vastly different this year than any other since the city charter was created in the 1920s.


As of now, Cincinnati voters will be electing nine council members for four-year terms, instead of the two-year terms we have had since 1927.

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Local News
3:31 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Dillingham running for Cincinnati City Council

Michelle Dillingham, a former aide to the late city councilman David Crowley, announced Friday she will be a candidate for Cincinnati City Council in 2013.

Dillingham, who is from Kennedy Heights, will seek the Democratic Party's endorsement in the council race.

She is currently working for a regional labor-management fund "to tackle industry issues of mutual interest" to business and labor, "such as transportation funding, family-supporting wages and workforce development," according to her campaign website, www.michelledillingham.com.

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Local News
4:10 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Recorder's office to remain open on Fridays

Hamilton County Recorder Wayne Coates reversed his decision to close his office on Fridays due to budget cuts after more money was made available to his office Thursday.

Coates' office put out a statement late Thursday afternoon saying that Coates and Hamilton County commission president Greg Hartmann "reviewed updated recorder revenue projections for 2013 and concluded that more resources should be made available" to allow the office to stay open on Fridays.

Coates said in the statement that his earlier decision to reduce his 21-member staff by three will stand, though.

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Local News
9:34 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Reds sign free agent infielder to two-year deal

Jack Hannahan, a veteran utility infielder, has become the third Cleveland Indian to join the Cincinnati Reds this week.

The Reds announced this morning that the 32-year Hannahan, a free agent, has signed a two-year contract through the 2014 season, with a club option for 2015.

Terms of the contract were not released.

Hannahan and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. today at Great American Ball Park.

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Local News
8:17 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Niehaus official portrait unveiled at Statehouse

Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus
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Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus, the New Richmond Republican who is in his waning days as Ohio Senate president, was honored Tuesday night with the unveiling of an official portrait in the Senate Chamber where he has served the past eight years.

The Clermont County Republican's portrait was done by artist Leslie Adams, who has painted the state's official portraits of Bill Harris, Niehaus' predecessor as Senate president; and former governors Bob Taft and Ted Strickland.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was among those attending the official unveiling.

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