Jennifer Merritt

Digital Editor

Jennifer Merritt brings 15 years of "tra-digital" journalism experience to WVXU, having served in various digital roles for such legacy publications as InStyle and Parade, as well as start-ups like Levo League and iVillage. She helped these outlets earn several awards, including MIN's 2015 Digital Team of the Year. She graduated from Rutgers University with a journalism major and English minor and has continued her education with professional development classes through the Poynter Institute, Columbia University and PMJA. Before moving to Cincinnati from New York in 2016, she vowed her son would always call it "soda" and not "pop." She has so far been successful in this endeavor. 

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Leaders of the Cincinnati Public School district will meet Monday, Aug. 3, to take another look at its blended learning plan for fall as coronavirus cases continue to increase in Hamilton County and the state.


Cincinnati Public Schools teachers have many questions about the district's plan to return to school and some want the school board to re-evaluate its decision for re-opening. 


In a 4-1 vote, the board of the Forest Hills School District voted Thursday to do away with Anderson Township High School's "Redskins" logo and mascot. The meeting came in response to recent calls on social media and a petition for the name to go, though the debate goes back decades.


"A disaster." 

That's how Joe Rozzi, vice president of sales for Rozzi's Famous Fireworks, describes business these days. What's normally the 90-year-old company's busiest time of year has been cut in half due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

The group Cincinnati For Racial Justice held a protest against police brutality at Washington Park on Sunday, calling it a continuation of its first march that took place on June 7 and attracted thousands

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Courtesy of Jason Whitman

As Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine slowly allows the reopening of the state's economic drivers, many local facilities that have been closed since March are announcing opening dates, as well as the precautions they'll take to help stop the spread of coronavirus. 

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During a virtual board meeting with more than 900 attendees, the Cincinnati Public Schools Board on Monday listened to public comment for more than two hours before unveiling five options on how students could resume classes come fall. And, like Cincinnati City Council before it, the board also fielded calls to remove police from its campuses. 

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After more than a month-long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kentuckians finally head to the polls on Tuesday, June 23, to cast their ballots. 

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

Updated: Friday, June 19, 4:18 p.m.

Almost immediately after Cincinnati City Council approved a plan to paint a Black Lives Matter mural on Plum Street outside of City Hall Wednesday, artists got to work on the privately funded project.

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Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac joined a video chat Wednesday hosted by Cincinnati Public Schools and Cohear to answer student questions about his tenure with the Cincinnati Police Department, how police can better interact with minority communities, and how he, as a black man, is feeling in this current climate.  

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Cincinnati Parks has reopened Eden Park's Twin Lakes to vehicular traffic after concerns were raised about the "unintended impacts" of its closure. 

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

Demonstrators took to the streets for a third straight weekend in Cincinnati, though this time, not always at the typical Downtown targets of City Hall and the Hamilton County Courthouse. Marches in protest of police brutality against minorities continued to spread to the Cincinnati suburbs, and often with just as large crowds as their Downtown counterpoints. 

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

Demonstrations protesting police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police continue in Cincinnati and its suburbs.

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

Men and women in the Cincinnati African American Firefighters Association marched from City Hall to the Hamilton County Courthouse Wednesday night in an effort to bring attention to police brutality against black communities. 

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

As demonstrations continue in honor of George Floyd, and many cities in Ohio and elsewhere have come under fire for police response to such protests, Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced he is asking Ohio's Collaborative Community Police Advisory Board to develop minimum standards on law enforcement response to mass protests.

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Ronny Salerno / WVXU

Public defenders in Northern Kentucky took to the streets of Newport and Covington Monday to protest the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African Americans at the hands of police. Campbell County's Sheena Baylon says as public defenders they fight every day for the indigent, downtrodden and to give a voice to the voiceless.

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

People continue to take to the streets of Cincinnati to protest the death of black Americans at the hands of police, most recently George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, who would have turned 27 this past Friday, June 5. 


If you visit a pool operated by the YMCA or the city of Cincinnati this summer, you'll need to schedule a reservation before arriving.

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Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

Updated: June 4, 5:10 p.m.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, closed since March 15, now has a date from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on when it can reopen: June 10. When it does open its gates back up to guests, some things will look different. 

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

As demonstrators walk the streets in protest of police brutality against minority communities, organizers and health officials are concerned something sinister may be joining their ranks: coronavirus.

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley on Wednesday pushed back the city's curfew from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., which will be in effect starting now through Monday, June 8, at 6 a.m.

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Courtesy of The Cincinnati Health Department

After a news report revealed that Cincinnati Health Commissioner Melba Moore is no longer running the day-to-day operations of the city's health department, council sought answers from Dr. Phil Lichtenstein, president of the Board of Health, about what happened in reshuffling her responsibilities to her junior.  

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Michael Conroy / AP

After being postponed from May 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indiana's primary takes place Tuesday with in-person voting. 

Ronny Salerno / WVXU

Protesters took to the streets of Cincinnati for a fourth consecutive day Monday to protest the death of George Floyd, the African American man in Minneapolis who died last week while in police custody. 

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Julie Coppens / WVXU

Protesters took to the streets of Downtown Cincinnati for a third time on Sunday, all in honor of George Floyd, the African American Minneapolis man killed by a white police officer last week.

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Ronny Salerno / WVXU

Downtown Cincinnati saw its second protest on Saturday following one on Friday that was largely peaceful but escalated into violence. Protests in honor of George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis who died in police custody, are taking place all over the nation, as well as throughout Ohio. 

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Following a largely peaceful protest Friday night that devolved into broken windows, graffiti and looting, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley on Saturday issued a 10 p.m. curfew for the entirety of Downtown Cincinnati that will remain in effect through Sunday night. 

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Democrat David Mann, who has served as Cincinnati mayor twice before, is once again throwing his hat into the ring of candidates hoping to replace current Mayor John Cranley, who is term limited, in 2021. 

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Greater Cincinnati hospitals are revising visitation policies put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, a member of Ohio's Minority Strike Force team assembled during the COVID-19 pandemic, joined Gov. Mike DeWine's Thursday briefing to reveal the first steps the team is taking to combat inequalities in the state's response.