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. 

race road closures
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The Heart Mini Marathon takes place on Sunday, March 10, and as such some streets Downtown and in the riverfront areas, as well as parts of Columbia Parkway will be closed. This also affects some bus routes. 

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Pixabay

Duke Energy customers in Ohio and Kentucky will likely see their electric bills go down starting this month.

fred and cindy warmbier
Frank Franklin II / AP

Updated 4:16 p.m.

The parents of Otto Warmbier issued a statement Friday in response to President Donald Trump's defense of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the alleged treatment of their son while in North Korea's custody.

bockfest
Courtesy of Bockfest

The Bockfest parade and 5K take place this weekend, and as a result, many Downtown streets will be closed starting Friday, March 1. 

hamilton cast
Courtesy of Jacob Stone

The city of Hamilton knew it didn't want to throw away its shot when Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton came to Cincinnati. Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller on Wednesday presented two actors from the touring production, now at the Aronoff, with a proclamation honoring the hit show.

rob manfred
Nati Harnik / AP

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will serve as grand marshal of the 100th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade this March 28. 

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Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

The sound of drills punctuates an otherwise silent corridor of the Cincinnati Museum Center, where museum curators, photographers and reporters have gathered to see the Pharaoh Hatshepsut, Egypt's longest-ruling woman, revealed for the first time ever in America. The large bust is part of the museum's upcoming exhibit, "Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs."

Robinson was the first player to win an MVP Award in both the National and American Leagues. He also became manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975, becoming the first black manager in MLB history.

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The Cincinnati Cyclones Frozen 5K and 10K take place Saturday at 9 a.m. and as a result, expect some streets near the Ohio River to be closed. 

fifth third vigil
Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

The Cincinnati Strong Victims Fund, a nonprofit established after the September 6 shooting at the Fifth Third Center, has distributed more than $1.2 million to over 30 people affected by the events that day. 

candy hearts
Pixabay

If you planned on wooing your sweetheart with, well, Sweethearts this year, you may need to make other arrangements. The chalky hearts imprinted with such sayings as "Be Mine," "Let's Kiss" and "Cutie Pie" aren't being made this year. 

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@savannahguthrie / Twitter

Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School junior at the center of a controversial viral video encounter with Native American Elder Nathan Phillips, went on NBC's 'Today' show Wednesday to defend his actions. 

Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman announced Wednesday that he will retire after the 2019 season - his 46th behind the Reds mic.

mike dewine
Tony Dejak / AP

Today, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was sworn in as governor of the Buckeye State.

Updated: 3:18 p.m.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that more than 275,000 notices of so-called "last-chance" mailings are being sent to voters by county boards across the state, part of what a release called "list maintenance processes" to keep voter records up-to-date.

Colerain Officer Dale Woods, 46, died Monday. He was struck by a pickup Friday night while responding to the scene of a Colerain Avenue crash that snapped a utility pole in half. According to an account published by the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society, he was guarding the scene while waiting for utility workers to arrive.

moving ohio
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With 56.5 percent of moves in Ohio being outbound, the state has landed at No. 6 on a National Movers Study of Most Moved From States in 2018, up a spot from 2017. 

National Park Service

The William Howard Taft National Historic Site was closed as usual on New Year's Day, but the doors weren't unlocked Wednesday morning and callers hear the following message: "Due to the lack in federal appropriation, William Howard Taft National Historic Site is closed."

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Marvin Lewis is no longer head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. The 60-year-old has been with the Bengals for 16 seasons and had a 131-122-3 record with the team. 

get rid of christmas tree
Pixabay

It was fun while it lasted, but its time has come. Yep, we're talking about kicking your Christmas tree to the curb. 

metro bus
Metro / Flickr Creative Commons

With the New Year on the horizon, Metro has released the holiday schedules for buses and the streetcar for Jan. 1, 2019. Here's what to expect:

top stories 2018
From top left: AP; Julie Niesen; Courtesy; Tana Weingartner; Howard Wilkinson

Whirlwind news events don't just happen at the national level - local stories can also grab hold of our attention and refuse to let go.

Burnet Woods
KEITH LANSER / Wikimedia Commons

Updated: 1:39 p.m.

A controversial proposal to let the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) place a building inside Burnet Woods has been voted down 3-2 by the Cincinnati Parks Board. 

michael monks
WVXU

If you're going to hear Michael Monks every weekday at noon on WVXU's local news show Cincinnati Edition, you might as well get to know him a little, right? Herewith, Monks shares his top tips for public speaking (he teaches a class on it at Indiana's Ivy Tech, you know); the most memorable local news story he's covered thus far; his favorite lunch spot; and more. 

police tape
WCPO

Updated: 10:55 a.m.

An active shooter was reported at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, Ind., via the Richmond Community Schools' Twitter account Thursday morning. The teenage suspect is now dead, according to Indiana State Police. There were no other students reported to be injured, police said.

the twilight zone
Wikimedia Commons

Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone ran for five seasons from 1959 to 1964, but the show goes on in perpetuity in syndication -- and in our minds.

sickle cell injection
Dick Whipple / AP

Cincinnati Children's is partnering with the Swiss company Roivant on a new venture called Aruvant Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company focusing on innovative gene therapies for hematological conditions such as sickle cell disease. Terms of the deal aren't disclosed in the news release, however, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports it's the hospital's biggest commercialization deal ever.

turkey day run
Pixabay

Cincinnati's annual Thanksgiving Day 10K run will take place throughout Downtown, the Riverfront and Northern Kentucky this Thursday, Nov. 22, impacting vehicle access to some streets and bridges. 

andrew allen
Courtesy of the Allen Family / Via WCPO

Andrew "Drew" Allen, who was hit by multiple cars less than two weeks after his 2-year-old brother Brody died of cancer, will survive, though he remains unconscious and cannot breathe on his own, our news partner WCPO reports

smorgasburg brooklyn
Courtesy of Smorgasburg

Local foodies will soon have a new place to chow down: the Corporation for Findlay Market, The Model Group, and Hickory Wald Hospitality Group are opening a food hall at 1818 Race Street in the spring of 2019.

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