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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People sometimes ask me how it is that I became a politics writer for life.

And sometimes they give me a strange look when I explain that my destiny was set when I was a little kid growing up in Dayton, Ohio.

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John Minchillo / AP

Yes, there are a whole lot of candidates – and both major political parties – who really want you to take advantage of early voting in Ohio.

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A report last week that the federal deficit had grown to $779 billion - and could grown another $1 trillion over the next 10 years - has become a contentious issue in the battle betweeen Democrats and Republicans for control  of Congress. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the Democrats blaming the deficit on the Trump tax cuts; and the GOP defending them for already putting more money in the pockets of American workers. 

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Gary Gardiner / AP

I've been fortunate over the better part of the past five decades to work with some of the smartest, most capable, most resourceful reporters on the face of the Earth.

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Evan Vucci / AP

President Donald Trump came to Lebanon Friday night to tell an enthusiastic crowd in a Warren County Fairgrounds building that the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court was more than just a victory for himself and Senate Republicans.

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Ruth Fremson / AP

One thing is certain about Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States.

That boy could talk up a storm.

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JOHN MINCHILLO / AP

The Ohio Elections Commission has refused to dismiss an allegation that Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval spent money from his clerk of courts campaign account on his congressional race.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Hamilton County elections official who marked out the spending lines on campaign checks from Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval will be docked two weeks vacation time as her punishment.

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Susan Walsh / AP

So who, besides Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump, won this nasty, bitter, ugly mud-wrestling match that was Kavanaugh's narrow confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court?

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An angry exchange broke out Tuesday morning among members of the Hamilton County Board of Elections over accusations of a election law violation by Anderson Township Trustee Andrew Pappas.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Directory Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the impact the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court might have on the mid-term elections, which are about a month away. Will it energize woman and more Democrats to come to the polls; or will it rebound in the favor of Republicans, giving their candidates a boost. 

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Doug Mills / AP

This week's Tales from the Trail is the second of a two-parter on one of the most interesting politicians I have covered over the years – Sen. Bob Dole, the former Senate majority leader who was the Republican Party's candidate for president in 1996. 

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Now, here's a head-scratcher for you.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about Democratic guberantorial candidate Rich Cordray picking up an endorsement from the influential Columbus Dispatch; and a preview of tonight's debate in Marietta between Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine. 

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Stephan Savoia / AP

This week's Tales from the Trail column will be the first of a two-parter on one of the most interesting people I have covered over the years, Sen. Bob Dole, the 1996 GOP nominee for president, and the highs and lows of running for president.

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John Minchillo / AP

We are very happy to not have to decide if Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval is guilty of misusing campaign funds, as has been alleged before the Ohio Elections Commission.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the Ohio Elections Commission's investigation into congressional candidate Aftab Pureval's possible misuse of campaign funds. Is it possible Pureval could go to jail over this, as the anti-Aftab TV ads say? Absolutely not, Wilkinson says. 

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No two ways around it: I am getting old, with creaky joints and plenty of gray hair atop my head.

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John Minchillo / AP

The Ohio Election Commission will do its own investigation into whether or not Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval improperly spent money from his state campaign fund on his federal race.

That would be a violation of Ohio election law.

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If you thought for a moment that the choice between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray for Ohio governor was a choice between Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum, get over it.

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