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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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. 

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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Screenshot / Facebook

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.

David Holm / WOSU

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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Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

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.


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.

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.