Howard Wilkinson

Senior Political Analyst

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.

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

In 2019, Wilkinson was named Senior Political Analyst for Cincinnati Public Radio as he retired from fulltime employment. He will continue to appear on  Cincinnati Edition, write blogs on politics and his popular Tales from the Trail, all available on wvxu.org.

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Starting out a possible run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is an ambitious project in the best of circumstances. But starting out with a well-respected national poll showing that 77 percent of American voters say they don't know enough about you to form an opinion about you – good or bad – might make you think you are running in quicksand.

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People tend to produce more trash and recyclable waste during the holidays than any other time of the year – 25 percent more, on average.

But Rumpke Waste and Recycling wants you to know that not everything you want to get rid of belongs in your trash can or recycling bin.

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There are some invitations to Christmas parties and holiday gatherings where you can thank the person inviting you and send your regrets for not being able to attend.

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Before I go off on the Ohio General Assembly for the seemingly self-serving, politics-as-usual act of recently attaching an amendment giving themselves pay raises to a bill dealing with survivor benefits for fallen police officers and firefighters, let me make one thing clear.

I do believe our state representatives and state senators deserve a raise.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about Cincinnati City Council passing an ordinance by a 5-3 vote banning sales of tobacco products to those under 21 years old. Will that actually result in fewer young voters? The city is surrounded by suburbs that will still be selling to 18-20 year-olds. 

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It usually starts around Thanksgiving.

My Facebook page and Twitter account light up with friends, near and far, demanding an answer to a single question.

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You tell me if this makes sense.

Ohio has 16 congressional districts - for the moment, at least.

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One thing about John Kasich, the soon-to-be former governor of Ohio: The dude will talk to anybody with the time and patience to listen to him. Good trait for someone who yearns to be president, I suppose.

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Democrat Jessica Miranda – mother, business owner, and president of the Winton Woods school board – defeated two-term Republican state representative Jonathan Dever of Madeira last month by only 56 votes out of over 55,000 cast.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at the age of 91. The 41st president had long and deep connections to Cincinnati area. 

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I believe in serendipity.

Yes, I do. I have, at least since July 1996, when serendipity came down and struck me right between the eyes and led me on the cushiest assignment I have ever had in 45 years of reporting.

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The law of unintended consequences doesn't always lead to bad consequences.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik today about the departure of former state representative Connie Pillich as co-chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. Pillich is the new executive director of the National Association of Women Judges. Pillich was instrumental in raising the money needed for the success at the polls the Hamilton County Democrats enjoyed in the Nov. 6 election. Wilkinson says her fundraising prowess will be missed by the party. 

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Democrat Jessica Miranda trailed incumbent Republican Jonathan Dever in Ohio's 28th Ohio House District on election night, but with the provisional ballots counted this week she leads the race by 56 votes out of nearly 55,000 cast.

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Editor's note: We know better than to talk politics at Thanksgiving, so in place of Howard Wilkinson's usual "Politically Speaking" column, today we present you with this "Tales from the Trail" from 2017, recounting our politics reporter's most memorable Thanksgiving yet. Wishing everyone a happy Turkey Day free of arguments over politics!

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Five months after Connie Pillich and Gwen McFarlin joined forces to become the first women co-chairs of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, Pillich has left to head a non-profit in Washington.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the fact that one Ohio Republican - soon-to-be-former governor John Kasixh - and one Ohio Democrat - newly-re-elected Sen. Sherrod Brown are clearly interested in being the next president.

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Honestly, I can't think of any other profession I could have chosen that would have put me in the middle of so many unlikely places and so many historic events.

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Former Cincinnati council member and mayoral candidate Yvette Simpson has been named the new chief executive of Democracy for America, the progressive organization founded in 2004 by then-presidential candidate Howard Dean.

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No one can accuse Ohio's newly re-elected U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of letting the moss grow under his feet.

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