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
8:31 am
Thu October 11, 2012

First Lady headed to Ohio on heels of Romney tour

First Lady Michelle Obama will hold Ohio campaign events Monday in Delaware and Cleveland Monday, two days after Mitt Romney makes stops in Lebanon and Portsmouth.

The First Lady will hold a noon hour rally Monday at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware and a 5 p.m. event at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland - both rallies aimed at encouraging college students to vote early and encourage their friends to do so.

But, first, Romney will be campaigning in Ohio Saturday.

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debate watch
9:40 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Romney's son to watch veep debate in Ryan's college town

Howard Wilkinson

While GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is debating Vice President Joe Biden Thursday night, Josh Romney - the middle of Mitt Romney's five sons - will be watching with young Republicans at a bar and grill in Oxford, where Ryan went to college.


Josh Romney is expected to attend a debate watch party with Miami University College Republicans at Brick Street, 36 E. High Street in Oxford. Ryan is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford. The Brick Street event begins at 8 p.m.

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Inside Pitch
8:24 am
Wed October 10, 2012

"Nuns on the Bus" rolls into Cincinnati today

"Nuns on the Bus, sponsored by a group of Catholic social justice activists who have been critical of the budget-cutting plans of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, will kick off a six-day tour of Ohio with a stop in Cincinnati today.

The bus will be at the Working in Neighborhoods Economic Learning Center at 1814 Dreman Ave. in South Cumminsville at noon.

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Husted appeals
1:41 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Husted appealing early voting decision to U.S. Supreme Court

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Credit Ohio Government Website

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is going to the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal a Friday decision by a federal appeals court here that restored early in-person voting on the final three days before the election.


"This is an unprecedented intrusion by the federal courts into how states run elections, and because of its impact on all 50 states as to who and how elections will be in run in America, we are asking the Supreme Court to step in and allow Ohioans to run Ohio elections,'' the Republican secretary of state said in a written statement.

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registration deadline
8:20 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Tuesday is the final day of voter registration in Ohio

Tuesday is the last day Ohioans can register to vote in the Nov. 6 election; and county boards of elections will be open until 9 p.m. for last-minute registrants.

Printable registration forms are available on all county boards of elections websites in southwest Ohio. They are also available at public libraries. They must be postmarked by today if sent in by mail, or delivered in person to the boards of elections.

Here are the websites and board addresses in southwest Ohio:

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