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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Inside Pitch
7:33 am
Fri November 2, 2012

will.i.am, Vivica A. Fox rally early voters for Obama

The Obama-Biden campaign is sending seven-time Grammy winner will.i.am and actress-producer Vivica A. Fox to Cincinnati Saturday for a "Party at the Polls" event outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

"Party at the Polls" begins at 10 a.m. outside the board of elections at 824 Broadway downtown.

The board offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for early voters, as well as from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday.

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Local News
8:03 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Obama rallies at Fifth Third Arena with Stevie Wonder

Four years ago, then-senator Barack Obama held a rally at the University of Cincinnati on the Sunday before the election, his final stop in Cincinnati before going on to win Ohio and the White House two days later.

This year, Obama - now locked in a tight re-election campaign where Ohio will play a crucial role - will return to the same Sunday for a rally at UC's Fifth Third Arena in what is likely to be his final campaign appearance in the area before Tuesday's election.

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Local News
6:02 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Obama to campaign in Cincinnati Sunday

President Obama - who had originally planned to be in Cincinnati Wednesday - will hold a campaign event here Sunday as part of a weekend push through key battleground states.

And First Lady Michelle Obama is planning on a rally Saturday afternoon on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, the alma mater of GOP running mate Paul Ryan.

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Inside Pitch
1:20 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

UC's Ohio Poll: Obama-Romney a near dead heat

President Obama holds a two percentage point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in the Ohio Poll released Wednesday afternoon by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research.

That is well within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent, meaning the race in Ohio is extremely close and the end result is a toss-up.

The poll had Obama with 48 percent support to 46 percent for Romney.

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Inside Pitch
8:31 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Poll: Obama up by five percentage points in Ohio

A Quinnipiac University poll released this morning showed President Obama with a five percentage point lead over Mitt Romney in Ohio - unchanged from the polling institute's last Ohio poll on Oct. 22.

The same poll looked at two other key battleground states - Florida and Virginia - and concluded that they were too close to call.

In the poll, Obama had 50 percent to Romney's 45 percent in Ohio.

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