Howard Wilkinson

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 appears on  Cincinnati Edition, blogs on politics and more, and writes the weekly column Politically Speaking at wvxu.org.

Cincinnati City Council approved an eight-month buyout Thursday morning for embattled City Manager Harry Black by a 7-1 vote.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the implications of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee  (DCCC) putting the Ohio 1st Congressional District on its "Red to Blue" list of targeted races - the only House race in Ohio targeted by the DCCC. It will draw national attention to the Democratic challenger Aftab Pureval's bid to unseat long-time GOP congressman Steve Chabot. 

Here's a little tip for you.

No, it's not about politics. First of all, I have no tips about politics; and, secondly, you probably wouldn't pay any attention to them if I did.

This is a tip you can take to the bank.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the on-going crisis at Cincinnati City Hall over whether City Manager Harry Black stays or goes. 

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Some people find it hard to believe, but there was a time early in my career that I was known to the public as primarily a humor columnist.

It's true. From 1977 to 1982, at the Troy Daily News, I had a column that ran in the Sunday magazine section called And Another Thing…Don't ask me how, but it became wildly popular in Troy; aside from the sport pages, it may have been the most read thing in the paper.

Beats me how it happened. But it made me a celebrity of sorts in that small town in western Ohio.

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The unprecedented stand-off in Cincinnati City Hall continues over whether Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black stays or goes.

Hate to say I told you so.

But I told you so.

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So, what does it mean when the professional tea leaf readers move a Congressional race from a “Likely Republican” status to a “Leans Republican” status?

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the GOP primary in Butler County's 51st Ohio House District, where two well-known Republicans are taking on incumbent Wes Retherford. Retherford is still dealing with the political fallout from an incident a year ago where police found him passed out in his car in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant, with a loaded handgun in the armrest. 

So, what does it mean when the professional tea leaf readers move a congressional race from a Likely Republican status to a Leans Republican status?

Well, we are about to find out.

That's exactly what Sabato's Crystal Ball, one of the nation's leading trackers of races at the state, congressional and presidential levels, did this week with Ohio's 1st Congressional District, which has been held by Republican Steve Chabot in all but two of the past 25 years.

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