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
9:48 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Rand Paul to headline Hamilton County GOP dinner

Sen. Rand Paul
U.S. Senate

The Hamilton County Republican Party has landed one of the hottest names in national GOP politics as its speaker at the annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner in May - Rand Paul, Kentucky's junior senator.

Paul, who was elected to the Senate in 2010, is said to be seriously considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

The event will take place on the evening of Friday, May 16, although the county party organization has yet to set the time and place for the Lincoln-Reagan dinner, one of the party's major fundraising events each year.

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Local News
11:00 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Will GOP voting changes fire up Democratic base in Ohio?

In politics, if you have the numbers, you get to make the rules.

In Ohio, the Republicans have the numbers – they control both the Ohio House and Senate, they have one of their own in the governor’s office, John Kasich, and a Republican as the state’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State John Husted.

What Kasich, Husted and the legislature have done in recent weeks is to wield that power to make some rather big changes in the early voting system Ohio has used since 2006.

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minority inclusion
4:44 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Plans to make sure more minorities get Cincinnati contracts

Jay Hanselman

UPDATE:

Mayor John Cranley said this morning he has enough votes on city council to spend $175,000 on a consultant to study the city's minority contracting and set up an Office for Minority Inclusion at City Hall.

Cincinnati's record for awarding city contracts to African-American and female-owned businesses is not good and has been criticized for years.

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Local News
9:11 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Poll: Ohioans overwhelmingly support use of medical marijuana, half support same sex marriage

By an eight-to-one margin, Ohio voters support the use of medical marijuana, while support for same sex marriage has reached 50 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.

The poll by the Connecticut-based polling institute, which regularly polls voters in key states, said that 51 percent of Ohio voters said adults should be allowed to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, while 44 percent were opposed.

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Local News
11:00 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Kasich's State of the State speech: A campaign preview?

Monday night at the Medina Performing Arts Center, in front of the Ohio General Assembly, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will deliver his fourth State of the State address.

He is sincerely hoping it won’t be his last.

Unlike his previous State of the State messages, which Kasich has taken out of the Statehouse in Columbus and turned them into a traveling road show, this one will be in his re-election year.

This will be the year when the Republican governor, will be running for re-election to a second term.

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