Becca CostelloLocal Government Reporter
Expertise: Local politics, housing policy
Education: Cincinnati Christian University, Indiana University, UC Clermont
Favorite Tri-State Neighborhood: Covington (just don't tell anyone at Cincinnati City Hall).
- Reports on all things local government with a particular focus on Cincinnati
- Experienced reporter in public radio and television across the Midwest
- Winner of awards at the local, regional and national level
- Lifelong listener of Cincinnati Public Radio
Before joining the WVXU newsroom, Becca worked in public radio and TV journalism in Bloomington, Indiana, and Lincoln, Nebraska. Becca has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including from local chapters of the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists, and contributed to regional and national Murrow Award winners. She grew up in Clermont County listening to WVXU and considers public radio journalism her "dream job." Her dog Cincy (named for the city they once again call home) is even more anxious than she is.
Becca has a bachelor's degree from Cincinnati Christian University, where she studied Biblical studies and communications, and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. She also proudly studied at UC Clermont, of the University of Cincinnati's community colleges, for two years.
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Mayor Aftab Pureval announced "Connected Communities" last month, offering changes focused in neighborhood business districts and along major corridors.
A planned $200 million renovation of the Duke Energy Convention Center needs one more vote to reach full funding.
City Council is under pressure to take a stance on the conflict in Israel and Gaza. What effect could they have?For several weeks, hundreds of Cincinnatians have urged City Council to pass a resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and Israel. Hundreds more have also asked Council not to support a ceasefire.
Cincinnati City Council took an uncommon vote Wednesday to send an ordinance back to committee for more discussion. The measure allocates $410,000 for the King Records Legacy Foundation, which is working to preserve the historic city-owned building in Evanston.
Hamilton County Commission President Alicia Reece called on Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to intervene in property taxes, as counties across the state face historic increases in both property value and taxes.
Citywide, violent crime is down about 33% compared to the three-year average for this time of year. In the Central Business Section, the numbers are trending higher.
If approved Wednesday, the King Records Legacy Foundation will use the funds to raise private dollars for preserving and renovating the historic building in Evanston.
The change allows city administration to grant tax exemptions without council approval for any project awarded money through the Affordable Housing Fund or another city-funded process called NOFA.
The new rules would also apply to parts of Over-the-Rhine, Mount Adams, East End, West End, Pendleton and Mount Auburn.
Mayor Aftab Pureval says he knows getting the community on board will be a tough fight.