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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

"I Count Because I Vote" Initiative Works To Increase Young Voter Engagement

The overall voter turnout rate in the presidential election of 2012 was about 58%, with the rate among young voters, those ages 18 to 29, just 45%. Even in hotly-contested presidential elections, why don?'t more eligible U.S. voters go to the polls, and how can more young people be encouraged to get engaged and vote? A day-long symposium, ?I Count Because I Vote,? will be held tomorrow at Northern Kentucky University to explore the issues that impact voting, in America, and in our region. Joining us to discuss voting trends and issues are Dr. Michael P. McDonald of the U.S. Elections Project; Northern Kentucky University Associate Professor of History, Dr. Burke Miller; Austin Stevenson, a member of the NKU Student Government Association; and, WVXU reporter Howard Wilkinson.

David Scott, the national political editor for the Associated Press, and one of the presenters at the ?I Count Because I Vote? symposium, will also be delivering the first Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement Six@Six lecture, Covering the 2016 Presidential Election, tonight at  6:00 PM at NKU. For registration and information, click here.

?I Count Because I Vote? on October 8 is a day-long seminar for students from colleges, universities and high schools in Greater Cincinnati. NKU?s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement is the host of this event, with support from the Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation. The opening session of this symposium, co-sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Forum, will be held at the METS Center at  9:00 am, and is free and open to the general public. Dr. Michael McDonald of the U.S. Elections Project will speak on voting issues and trends in America. For information, click here. Students interested in attending the full symposium can register here.

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Skyward and Legacy.