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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.

The Ohio Governor's Race, Heroin's Impact On The Region And Land Bank Property In Disrepair

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We look at the news affecting Greater Cincinnati and the Tri-state

The Ohio Democratic Party is waiting to see if either Richard Cordray or Jerry Springer will enter the race for governor. A study finds the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation has not properly maintained many of the 700 properties it owns. And dozens of Cincinnati Enquirer reporters and photographers take an in-depth look at the local drug epidemic for a special report, Heroin's Impact on Cincinnati.

Joining us to discuss these and other stories in the news are WCPO.com/WCPO Insider Politics and Government reporter Paula Christian; Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau reporters Jo Ingles and Andy Chow; Cincinnati Enquirer Hamilton County reporter Dan Horn; and WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson.

The special report, Heroin's Impact on Cincinnati, will appear online and in the print edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer this Sunday.

To read Paula Christian's story on the Hamilton County Land Bank, click here