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WVXU has been covering the stories of politics and corruption at Cincinnati's City Hall since early 2020. We have now launched an initiative to more closely examine Cincinnati politics and the individuals who have shaped it, along with the current allegations of corruption. We'll also explore proposals for change, and seek feedback from local leaders and community members on what can be done to restore trust in City Hall.Trust in Local Government, WVXU's Public Integrity Project will analyze our council-manager form of government and the charter amendments designed to reinforce ethical standards at City Hall; take a historical look at corruption in Cincinnati government; talk with the candidates for Cincinnati mayor and continue with an ongoing series of features, interviews and candidate profiles.

How Northern Kentucky Fixed Its Corruption Problem

Michael Monks
The River City News
Ky. Auditor Adam Edelen talks airport board reforms in 2014 alongside Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Boone Co. Judge/Executive Gary Moore and Kenton Co. Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann.

The previous decade saw significant corruption cases and implementation of reform across Northern Kentucky. Former Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen, who led that office from 2011 to 2015, became a regular presence in the region following embezzlement cases with Dayton, Ky., public schools and Covington City Hall.

Edelen also led calls for reforms to the way the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is operated by the Kenton County Airport Board, reshaping the appointment process and being more inclusive to the broader region.

As part of Trust in Local Government: WVXU's Public Integrity Project, Edelen joins Cincinnati Edition to revisit those stories and to discuss ways governments can heal and rebuild public trust in the wake of scandal and controversy.

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Read more from WVXU's "Trust In Local Government" series here.

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.