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Howard Wilkinson

Senior Political Analyst

Expertise: Politics, baseball, the Civil War, Ohio and Cincinnati history

Education: Ohio University

Favorite Cincinnati neighborhood: Toss-up between Clifton and Northside.


  • Senior Political Analyst, WVXU
  • Regular digital columnist on Also a frequent guest on Cincinnati Edition
  • Does a weekly politics segment each Friday morning with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik
  • In his 50th year of covering politics on the local, state and national levels


Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team in April 2012 after nearly 30 years of covering politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He has covered every Ohio governor's race since 1974, along with 16 presidential nomination conventions and four presidential inaugurations. In addition to politics, Howard covered the 2001 racial unrest in Cincinnati; the Lucasville prison uprising in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. A native of Dayton, Ohio, the Cincinnati Reds are his passion.

In 2012, the Society of Professional Journalists inducted Wilkinson into the Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame. 


Howard studied journalism and history at Ohio University, where he also frequently skipped class to cover the Ohio Statehouse for the school newspaper, The Post.

About WVXU

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