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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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. 

Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

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.

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Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Thursday announced a slew of openings for various industries that have been closed for nearly two months during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday unveiled dates and guidelines for reopening bars and restaurants, as well as barber shops, hair salons and other personal care businesses that have been closed for more than 50 days due to stay-at-home orders over the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov. Mike DeWine used his Thursday briefing on coronavirus in Ohio to provide some insight into what the state's prisons are doing to battle the pandemic within their walls.

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Charlie Neibergall / AP

Thursday night's NFL Draft gifted a long-awaited - and much anticipated - present to fans of the Cincinnati Bengals: the Queen City's long-suffering team picked Heisman Trophy-winning former Louisiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow to join its ranks.

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Andy Chow / Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

Two former governors of Ohio – Democrat Richard Celeste and Republican Bob Taft – have agreed to lead a testing strike force team for Ohio to help the state combat the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Mike DeWine announced during his Tuesday briefing.

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All of the handwashing we're doing is great to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but it's terrible on our hands, leaving skin cracked, dry and more susceptible to superficial skin infections.

Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced he is submitting a waiver application to the federal government asking for flexibility in Medicaid specifications in order to better combat the coronavirus. That includes such measures as allowing services to be provided at alternative locations and removing staffing level requirements.

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Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Gov. Mike DeWine said he plans to ask for the early release of 141 inmates under Ohio's Overcrowding Emergency statute in order to help reduce and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus among the state's prison population.

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Courtesy of Kroger

Absentee ballot applications are being placed at the customer service desks of 12 Kroger stores throughout Hamilton County, a release from the Board of Elections states. Director Sherry Poland says the decision came about after finding many people lacked access to print the required online form. 

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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Following instruction from the city, Cincinnati's Red Bike has temporarily shut down to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The bikesharing service will remain unavailable pending further directions from the city, a release notes. 

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Last Friday, Emily Landon, chief infectious disease epidemiologist at University of Chicago Medicine garnered headlines for a comment she made about those who are self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Updated 7:16 p.m.

A 66-year-old Kenton County woman is Northern Kentucky's first confirmed case of COVID-19, health department officials announced Wednesday. The individual is in isolation at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas. 

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Updated: March 18, 12:30 p.m.

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the Tri-State, many local universities started out canceling in-person classes. Now, at least one is postponing its graduation ceremony. 

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Cincinnati's famed Flying Pig Marathon, a Queen City mainstay for more than 20 years, announced Monday that it is postponing the event to October this year "in the interest of public health."

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AP

WVXU reporters and its network of member stations are working hard to bring you all the latest information on coronavirus in our region. We will carry presidential and gubernatorial addresses on air and online when possible. 

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David Kohl / AP

During the three-week school shutdown mandated by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to stop the spread of coronavirus, Cincinnati Public Schools will distribute meals at 24 locations for students beginning March 17. 

Ann Thompson / WVXU

As the coronavirus continues to spread, airlines are doing what they can to reduce its transmission. Tactics include everything from Delta "fogging" planes to United reducing both international and domestic travel schedules, as it announced last week. But at Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, a representative says things are, for now, very much "business as usual."

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Road resurfacing work is expected to begin next month in parts of Hamilton County using money from the gas tax which rose last July. Acting County Engineer Eric Beck says his budget is increasing from approximately $2 million to $4 million. That will allow the department to double the number of roads paved last year.

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The annual, weekend-long beer festival Bockfest, in Over-the-Rhine, is back Friday, Feb. 28, kicking things off with a parade, followed by festivities that include a 5K run. All activities require some road closures throughout the weekend.

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Ann Thompson / WVXU

Updated: 2:52 p.m.

Cincinnati Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard has been arrested and federally charged with wire fraud, bribery and attempted extortion, says the office of Dave DeVillers, U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio. Dennard denies the charges.

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President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, touting a strong economy, job creation and his immigration policies, but made no mention of the impeachment trial that is expected to come to a close today.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Macy's, one of nine Fortune 500 companies based in Cincinnati, will shutter its corporate headquarters in Downtown later this year, WVXU has confirmed. 

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The crowd-sourced review site Yelp has released lists of the most and least romantic spots for Valentine's Day across the nation, and three area businesses have found themselves in the mix.  

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Chitose Suzuki / AP

After a break last year, a favorite Valentine's Day candy is back - but things aren't the same.

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Emily Maxwell / WCPO

Retired federal judge and local civil rights icon Nathaniel Jones has passed away. 

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