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


Local News
12:24 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

Ryan, sans Romney, will rally the troops in Carthage Tuesday

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won’t be with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan Tuesday for the Cincinnati leg of their three-day bus tour of Ohio.

A spokesman for the campaign said Romney will join Ryan later in the day in Dayton.

According to the campaign website, Ryan will hold a rally at Byer Steel Group, 200 W. North Bend Rd., Carthage, late Tuesday morning. Details on RSVPs for the event are expected to be released Sunday.

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Local News
12:00 am
Sun September 23, 2012

Can Obama drag local Democrats across the finish line?

Some say the fate of the nation may hang in the balance when voters in Hamilton County, Ohio, go to the polls to cast their ballots in the presidential election.

A swing county in a swing state; a county that Barack Obama won four years ago, in a state that Mitt Romney needs to wrest back from Obama, who won Ohio with 51.5 percent of the vote in 2008.

“Fate of the nation” is one thing. A pretty big thing, actually.

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Inside Pitch
2:05 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Romney-Ryan Ohio bus tour comes to Cincinnati Tuesday

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, will launch a three-day bus tour of Ohio Monday that includes a Tuesday event in Cincinnati.

The Romney-Ryan campaign has yet to announce details on the Cincinnati event - or any of the other stops on the tour.

It begins Monday in Lima.

Tuesday will include stops in Cincinnati and Dayton; and, on Wednesday, the GOP ticket will move on to events in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo.

Inside Pitch
8:44 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Reds' Homer Bailey pitches for the GOP

Tuesday night at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Reds right-hander Homer Bailey threw 7.1 innings of one run, four-hit ball to pick up his 12th win of the season in the Reds' 3-1 victory over the Cubs.

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Inside Pitch
7:55 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Portman campaigns for Obama (Natalie, that is)

Actress Natalie Portman and former Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland will headline a "Ohio Women's Vote 2012 Summit" Wednesday morning at the Museum Center at Union Terminal, in an event sponsored by the Obama campaign.

The Israeli-born actress, who won an Oscar in 2011 for her role in "Black Swan," has campaigned for Obama around the country, including an earlier stop in Cincinnati.

The campaign says the event will "provide Ohio women with an opportunity to hear how President Obama is standing up for Ohio woman and their families."

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