Michael Monks

Host of Cincinnati Edition

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.

He's the publisher/editor/chief reporter for Northern Kentucky's River City News website who spends his weeknights covering city government or school board meetings.

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Ohio Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, joins Cincinnati Edition to talk about the $2.2 trillion relief package to combat the spread of coronavirus and to help the economy, which was signed into law by President Trump last week.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with State Representative Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) about the details of a coronavirus relief bill that extends unemployment benefits, changes mandatory state testing for schools, limits EdChoice and extends the deadlines for filing taxes and absentee ballots.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Julie Sellers, president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, about many of the new educational provisions inside Ohio's COVID-19 relief bill.

In the midst of the coronavirus global pandemic, hand sanitizer has become harder to come by. Though medical professional still encourage frequent hand-washing with soap and water to help slow the spread of the deadly respiratory virus, hand sanitizer is a hot commodity, too.

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Connie Smith-Monahan was suspected of possibly having COVID-19, and her work with a local school forced its closure before many local districts shut down entirely.

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As the Cincinnati area joins the rest of the world in combatting the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, we are reminded that this is not the region's first brush with a global pandemic. The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic hit Cincinnati hard, too. 

Mandated social distancing has impacted local main streets, forcing the closure of non-essential retail businesses and limiting restaurants to carryout or delivery options only.

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How are you coping with the coronavirus pandemic? Kate Chard, PhD with UC Health has advice for relieving stress and anxiety today on Cincinnati Edition. You can call with your questions at 513-419-7100.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Kroger spokesperson Erin Rolfes, who is with the Cincinnati-
Dayton division, about recent supermarket changes intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

WVXU is bringing you an old-school radio comedy play on Wednesday at 8 p.m., live on 91.7 FM.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Dr. Grace McComsey and Dr. Robert Salata about the coronavirus and drug trials that are underway in Ohio to test the effectiveness of the antiviral drug Remdesivir for use in treating the novel virus. 

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Scott Kenney, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine Food Animal Health Research Program at Ohio State University, about his work studying the coronavirus and the need for funding future scientific research.

Cincinnati Edition speaks with a local mom who works in venture capital about her struggle with COVID-19. Elizabeth Edwards details how she tested negative but doctors confirmed she has the virus.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Candace McGraw, about how the airport has been dealing with issues surrounding the coronavirus and what changes mean to passengers, employees and businesses.

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Cincinnati is reporting three confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hamilton County has confirmed its first and second cases on Thursday. 

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The global pandemic of coronavirus/COVID-19 is requiring response from all levels of government, which has come with both compliments and some public disagreements.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told Cincinnati Edition on Wednesday that vital city services are remaining operational during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered fitness centers and gyms to close on Monday, but the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati was already taking steps over the weekend. YMCA President and CEO Jorge Perez announced a plan to close fitness centers in an effort to help working families and hospital workers.

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is asking daycare centers statewide to close by Friday. The governor said there will be exceptions for healthcare workers and first responders. Beshear says the state is preparing plan to offer child care for healthcare workers, but has not shared details of that plan.

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Late Monday night, Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine announced that polls would be closed as a "health emergency" because of concerns about the coronavirus. 

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