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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-Convention Coverage
10:54 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Obama won't speak in football stadium because of rain threat

The Democratic National Convention Committee just announced that President Obama's Thursday night acceptance speech has been moved out of the open air Bank of America football stadium because of the threat of severe weather in Charlotte.


It will be moved back to the Time Warner Cable Forum, the basketball arena where the first two nights of the convention are being held.


Organizers had hoped to have a crowd of about 70,000 for the acceptance speech in the stadium that is home to the Carolina Panthers of the NFL.

-Inside Pitch
10:34 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Obama campaign manager says Ohio will be a grassroots win

Jim Messina, the campaign manager for the Obama-Biden re-election campaign, came to the Ohio delegation breakfast Wednesday morning telling delegates that they know they will be outspent in Ohio, but that the Obama  campaign will turn out the voters.


"We need to make the 2008 from-the-ground-up election look like Jurassic Park,'' Messina told the delegates and guests gathered for the daily delegation breakfast at the Oasis Shriners Lodge.

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-Inside Pitch
10:20 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Ohio Republicans send Ohio Democrats a cake in Charlotte

The oddest thing that has happened yet to the Ohio delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte happened this morning at the delegation's breakfast at the Oasis Shriners' Lodge.


The Ohio Republican Party and the Romney campaign in Ohio delivered an over-sized decorated cake to the breakfast - and the Ohio Democrats were not amused.


The cake had a message: "It's impossible...it's unpatriotic...We're not better off."

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-Convention Coverage
9:08 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Strickland says Obama saved auto industry in Ohio

In a seven-minute speech at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, former Ohio governor Ted Strickland used the example of several Ohio workers to illustrate his argument that President Obama's rescue of the auto industry helped turn around Ohio's economy.


And he pointedly said that Obama's opponent, Mitt Romney, opposed the bailout of the auto industry.

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-Inside Pitch
8:37 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Cincinnati Iraq veteran extols GI Bill at Democratic Convention

Nate Davis of Cincinnati -  who spent four years as a Marine and served for 11 months in Iraq - took the stage at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte to tell Democrats here and the nation how the Obama administration has helped him achieve his dreams.


"With every step, he's had a huge impact on veterans,'' said Davis. "Not only did he get us what we needed overseas, he's been there for us at home. He's helped us get jobs, gotten guys help for PTSD, stood strong with military families."

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