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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Voters all over Hamilton County Some experienced confusion and frustration at the polls after scanner machines began spitting their ballots back out at them Tuesday morning.

And it was all due to a feature on the machine that the Board of Elections has had for several years before but never used in an election, Hamilton County Board of Elections chairman Tim Burke told WVXU. 

"The scanners were spitting out ballots that were under-voted and the poll workers had never been trained on what to do about that,'' Burke said. "This should never have happened and it happened in every corner of  the county." 

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On Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana head to the polls to vote on a host of issues and candidates to represent their states. Here's everything you need to know before heading to the polls. 

At 7 p.m. ET Friday, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Jim Renacci square off in their final debate before the Nov. 6 election. The event takes place at Miami University's Oxford campus, where the two candidates are expected to discuss a variety of issues. This live stream is courtesy of WLWT and will begin at 7 p.m.

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A former Cincinnati police officer shot and killed in Madisonville three years ago now has a stretch of I-71 named after him.

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Updated: 4:55 p.m.

Curtis Burns, the West Chester resident behind the TSA's popular Instagram account, died Friday. He was 48. 

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Brody Allen, the young Colerain Township boy the community recently helped celebrate Christmas early, died Friday from a rare form of brain cancer. He was 2. 

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The Queen Bee Half Marathon takes place Saturday, October 13, and will require some roads downtown and outside the city to close temporarily. 

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Courtesy FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati on Tuesday released images of the first designs for the club's soon-to-be-built Major League Soccer stadium in the West End.

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The Queen City is giving Columbus Day a makeover. 

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Courtesy of Eric Hatch

Editor's note: This story was first published in Oct. 2018. In November, Hatch met his goal of profiling 50 addicts.

Tony DeJohn has a gravelly voice, which belies his reserved and soft-spoken demeanor. A lifelong Ohioan, he calls himself an "Italian hillbilly" and counts among his hobbies walking, watching sports and "helping people."

And drugs. Specifically, meth.

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Want to make sure your house is the most (or least) popular on Halloween night? Then you'll want to make sure your bowl is filled with these kinds of candy. 

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Courtesy of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Cincinnati held its first Oktoberfest in 1976, and since then Oktoberfest Zinzinnati has grown to be America’s largest, second only to the one held in Munich, Germany. In 2017, the stateside event attracted 675,000, while Munich drew 6 million.

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Some Downtown streets will be closed all weekend thanks to Oktboerfest Zinzinnati, but even more close Saturday due to The Hudepohl 14K/7K Brewery Run, which helps kick off the Zinzinnati festivities. 

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Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

Residents, council members, and community and religious leaders assembled at Fountain Square Friday afternoon for a vigil honoring the victims and honoring the heroes of Thursday's fatal shooting at Fifth Third Center. 

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

After the Hamilton County Coroner's Office identified the three people killed in Thursday's shooting at Fifth Third Center, those who knew the victims are speaking out. 

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

After news broke of an active shooter at the Fifth Third building in Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, officials at the local and state level shared their reactions on social media. 

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Kentucky's Republican party has filed an ethics complaint against Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, claiming she is not complying with a 2010 ruling from the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. 

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As the sun sets on summer (unofficially, anyway) make the most of it by attending any one of this weekend's upcoming events, including everyone's favorite: Riverfest. 

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Courtesy Secretary of State's Office

A bipartisan board that oversees Kentucky's elections is ruling Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has the authority to run the board's day-to-day operations.

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Timothy D. Easley / AP

Kentucky's Republican Governor Matt Bevin said over the weekend he will seek a second term in 2019.

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Updated: Sunday, 7:11 p.m.

A police officer was wounded and a suspect fatally shot in the 2600 block of Victory Parkway in East Walnut Hills Friday. 

A police officer was shot Friday afternoon when a shooting occurred in the 2600 block of Victory Parkway.

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Al Behrman / AP

Procter & Gamble has filed to trademark such Internet speak as "LOL" and "WTF," saying the terms could be used to market its products. 

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Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Over the next seven years, the nation's largest grocery chain plans to rid its nearly 2,800 stores of plastic bags. 

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Courtesy / Boon Vong

If life has felt like a circus lately, well, this weekend is about to replace that craziness with a little fun. 

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School is back in session and summer nearly over, which means schedules have returned to normal and you may actually find yourself with free time to read something that's not a shopping list, packing list or to-do list. 

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Courtesy Cincinnati Ballroom Classic

This weekend brings plenty of interesting ways to spend your time, including lots of last calls for special exhibits and events. 

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Courtesy / Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Starting this week, construction begins at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to create a new entrance road and improved access to the airport. 

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This weekend is serving up plenty of things to do around the Tri-State. 

There are reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at the base hospital, according to an alert sent to base personnel.

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