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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.

Open Records Keep Government Transparent. After Local Corruption Scandals, Are They Working Here?

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Nick Swartsell
Cincinnati City Hall.

The right to know how various government entities conduct their business is a cornerstone of democracy. That's why each state in the U.S. has laws stipulating that local governments must divulge most public records in a timely and complete manner. 

In the wake of multiple corruption allegations against local elected officials, however, how well are public records laws working to make sure journalists and the public have access to such vital information? 

Joining Cincinnati Edition are Graydon Law Attorney Darren Ford, Channel 12 Special Projects and Investigative Producer Stephanie Kuzydym and Cincinnati Enquirer City Government Reporter Sharon Coolidge. 

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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.