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
8:17 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Romney rallies supporters at Bond Hill plant Thursday

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will meet with supporters to talk about jobs and the economy Thursday morning at a machining and milling plant in Bond Hill.

Romney will appear at Jet Machine on Steger Drive in Bond Hill, a high-tech machinist plant that does work for the military, the aerospace industry and the oil and gas industry.

It is a ticketed event; and tickets are available at www.mittromney.com/OH or by calling (614) 547-2290.

Tomorrow afternoon, Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, wil be making an appearance at Cleveland State University.

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Inside Pitch
2:21 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Obama, Romney campaigns hold local debate watch parties

Both the Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan campaigns are holding watch parties tonight for the presidential candidates' third and final debate.

Former Bengal linebacker Anthony Munoz, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be the featured guest at a Romney-Ryan watch party at the original Montgomery Inn, 9440 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. It begns at 8 p.m.

Martin O'Malley, Maryland's Democratic governor, and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory will join local Obama supporters for a watch party at 8:30 p.m. at Cincy's on Sixth, 41 E. 6th St., downtown.

Inside Pitch
9:15 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Quinnipiac Poll has Obama up by five points in Ohio

President Obama leads GOP challenger Mitt Romney by five percentage points in the critical swing state of Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday morning.

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Inside Pitch
1:03 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

Sam Wyche tailgates for Romney at Bengals-Steelers game

Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche will be tail-gating with the Romney-Ryan "Commit to Mitt Early Vote Express" bus outside Paul Brown Stadium before tonight's nationally-televised Bengals-Steelers game.

Wyche is expected to join the Romney-Ryan bus, which is traveling the state promoting early voting for the GOP presidential tickets, at 5:30 p.m. in parking lot D near Paul Brown Stadium.

Wyche coached the Bengals from 1984 until 1991. He held the record for most wins by a head coach (64) until he was overtaken by Marvin Lewis, the current head coach, in 2011.

Final three days of early voting
12:00 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Final weekend of in-person early voting: Will it matter?

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has settled the hash and allowed in-person voting at Ohio boards of Elections on the final three days before the Nov. 6 election to go forward, there is only one question worth asking.


Was it worth the fight the Obama-Biden campaign put up to stop Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, from doing away with those three days?


Depends on who you ask.


If you ask the Obama-Biden campaign and its Democratic allies, the answer is an unqualified “yes.”

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