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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Josh Bazan, WCPO / Twitter

Updated: 11:10 p.m., Saturday

A Cincinnati Police officer shot a suspect who was "acting erratically and armed with a knife" at Bramble Park in Madisonville Thursday. Police Chief Eliot Isaac says the man who called 911 is the man who was ultimately contacted by police and wounded. The Hamilton County prosecutor says the officer acted heroically.

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Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

The kimono has been around for ages, but that doesn't mean the garb is sartorially stale. That is at least one takeaway from the Cincinnati Art Museum's latest exhibit, Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style. The museum is offering a free preview of the show during Art After Dark on Friday from 5-10 p.m.

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Saturday is Cincinnati's Pride Parade, a celebration of the LGBTQ community and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, and that will cause the closing of some roads.

2019 summer reads
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James Patterson, James Patterson, James Patterson. Cincinnati readers really like James Patterson.

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Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

The gorilla at the center of a dispute between the Cincinnati Zoo and the California-based The Gorilla Foundation is back in the Queen City. Ndume is a 37-year-old silverback. 

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The Super Hero 5K, Redlegs Run, Pendleton Spring Fling and 3 Fest all take place this week and require road closures downtown. Here's what will be affected: 

Friday, June 7 

The Super Hero 5K happens Friday evening at 7 p.m., causing the following streets to close at 6:30 p.m: 

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Bryan Patrick Studio / Cincinnati Men's Chorus

June is Pride Month, and during this first weekend the Cincinnati Men's Chorus is kicking things off with two free concerts at Walnut Hills High School.

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Courtesy / Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Downtown is hosting several events this Memorial Day Weekend, and as such various streets and Metro routes are affected. 

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AP

Kentucky's incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin will face a familiar political foe in Democrat Andy Beshear at the voting booth in November.

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The Social Security Administration has released its annual bundle of joy (or frustration, depending on your preference for uniqueness) of each state's top baby names for both boys and girls in 2018. 

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

On Tuesday, May 21, residents of Kentucky vote on a variety of statewide races. Here’s what you need to know before heading out to the polls.

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Use your bike to get around the Greater Cincinnati area Friday and your ride on public transit will be gratis

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The Over-the-Rhine 5K on Saturday, May 18, and the Kidney Walk on Sunday, May 19 will disrupt some access to streets Downtown this weekend. Here is what's affected: 

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Courtesy of Great Parks Of Hamilton County

Updated: 3:20 p.m.

Miami Whitewater Forest has permanently closed its wet playground, Parky's Pirate Cove, Great Parks of Hamilton County announced Tuesday. 

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Cheese-N-Chong / Facebook

The Cincinnati Food Truck Association kicks off its 2019 food truck season with "Spring Swing," a food truck festival on Wednesday, May 15 from 4-10 p.m. As such, a few streets downtown will be affected. 

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The weekend-long Asian Food Fest and the Girls on the Run 5K on Saturday will impact some streets near The Banks. Here is what's affected when: 

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Editor's note: This story first appeared in May 2018. We're republishing it here with updates for the 2019 Derby on Saturday, May 4. 

If you're not a fan of the mint julep—an icy-minty-bourbon concoction popular around the Kentucky Derby—it's likely for good reason: you just haven't had a good one. 

Courtesy of Flying Pig Marathon

Updated: Thursday, 11:03 a.m.

The 21st annual Flying Pig Marathon is Sunday, May 5, and it has many streets around Greater Cincinnati closed, some as early as Thursday. The city advises drivers to plan ahead and avoid streets along the race route. Here's what you need to know: 

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Ever wondered what to do with that expired bottle of prescription pills sitting in your medicine cabinet? This Saturday, the DEA has a solution for you to get rid it of safely.

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Ann Thompson / WVXU

A new cancer drug previously reported on by WVXU has been green-lighted for a Phase 1 study on children. BXQ-350 is manufactured by Bexion Pharmaceuticals in Covington and was developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where it will be tested on children with solid tumors, brain tumors and diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG), a type of brain tumor. 

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Updated: 2:11 p.m.

Following sandstone fragments breaking from the east side of the north tower of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, the historic Cincinnati-Covington connector will be closed as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says. It is currently unknown when the bridge will reopen. 

npr book club
Courtesy of Deepa Bhattacharya

Never judge a book by its cover, the old saying goes. When WVXU set out to profile the local NPR-themed book club we discovered on Meetup, we should have known there'd be more to the story than a gathering of like-minded public radio nerds.

downtown cincinnati
Ronny Salerno / WVXU

About a year ago, we asked about the news missing from your inbox. By and large the response was local news, local news, local news. (One of you even remarked, "I know more about Syria than I do about Cincinnati.") We were thrilled to hear this because, as you may know, local news is kind of our specialty…

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Reds and the 100th anniversary of the Findlay Market Opening Day parade, making both events particularly special for Cincinnati's unofficial holiday this March 28.

Whether or not you plan to attend, knowing what roads will be closed due to the parade and where parking will be restricted for the game will ensure your day is a home run. 

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Courtesty of Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair officials have announced this year's concert lineup, and it includes a mix of everything from classic rock and R&B to country and comedy. 

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David Goldman / AP

Updated: 3:21 p.m.

Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) has bought payment company Worldpay Inc. for approximately $34 billion in cash and stock, the biggest such deal in the international payments sector, according to Bloomberg

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Screengrab / Facebook Live

Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Ohio's Republican Senator Rob Portman said he would "vote to support the disapproval resolution before us" regarding President Donald Trump's emergency declaration for a border wall, while still maintaining he supports the president's overall plan. Soon after, the Senate overturned Trump's declaration by a 59-41 vote. 

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Courtesy of Great Parks Of Hamilton County

At the end of 2018, Great Parks of Hamilton County put out the same plea it had made for the past four years: Drop off your broken or unwanted holiday lights at collection points located in six of its parks, and Cohen Recycling will pick them up for recycling and match the donation value of the lights back to Great Parks, up to $2,000.

As it turns out, last year was a particularly bright spot for the annual program. 

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Courtesy of Del Hall

It's been said that there's a sandwich in every beer. Del Hall agrees.

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Starting this month, driver's licenses and ID cards issued by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will offer applicants the option of choosing the nonbinary marker of "X" to designate gender, rather than the standard "M" for male and "F" for female. 

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