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
9:57 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Condoleezza Rice: No interest in coming back to government

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a quick visit to the Ohio delegation breakfast this morning, and told Ohio reporters she had no interest in a taking a job in a Romney administration.

"I term my memoirs 'No Higher Honor," because there is no higher honor than the one I held,'' said Rice, who served as secretary of state in the administration of President George W. Bush. "I am not going anywhere. I am glad to be a teacher at Stanford."

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Inside Pitch
8:49 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Bus nightmare at RNC won't happen again, Ohio chairman says

Thousands of delegates - including hundreds from Ohio - were stranded for hours after last night's session because of the shuttle bus system set up by the Republican National Committee.

Ohio GOP chairman Bob Bennett told the delegates at this morning's delegation breakfast that it won't happen again.

"We've got (Republican National Committee chairman) Reince Priebus with us this morning and I know a lot of you are going to want to give him an earful, but don't, because we are going to talk, and we will take care of it,'' Bennett said.

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Inside Pitch
7:23 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Fairfield honorary delegate impressed by Ann Romney

Adrien and Rick Segal of Fairfield, both honorary Ohio delegates here in Tampa, were eating eggs and sausage at the Ohio delegation breakfast Wednesday morning, talking about the excitement of being at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the first night of the convention.

Adrien Segal was particularly impressed by the speech the nominee's wife, Ann Romney, delivered to the convention last night, telling personal stories about her life and marriage to a man who may become president.

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-Convention Coverage
8:59 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Kasich: Ohio on the upswing, being held back only by Obama

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Tuesday night gave a full house at the Republican National Convention in Tampa a glowing  report of all the good things he says have happened in Ohio since he took office, but blamed President Obama for holding the state back.


"When I came into office we were 48th in the country in job creation,'' Kasich said in an eight-minute speech to the delegates at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "We had 89 cents in our rainy day fund. Most kids have more than that in their piggy banks."

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-Convention Coverage
8:35 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Boehner uses the bar his dad owned in Reading in speech

House Speaker John Boehner grew up in Reading, where his father ran a bar where he and his brothers swept the floors as kids.


Tuesday night, as speaker of the House and permanent chairman of the Republican National Convention, he started out his speech to open the evening session with a story from the bar in Reading.


"My dad and my uncles owned a bar outside of Cincinnati,'' Boehner said. "I worked there growing up, mopping floors, waiting tables. Believe me when I say I learned how to deal with every character who walked in the door.

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