Michael Monks

Host of Cincinnati Edition

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the new 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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Wikimedia Commons

While we'll experience relatively cooler temperatures over the next several days, this summer's intense heat and frequent downpours have made gardening a real challenge. The extreme weather has been great for weeds and insects, but it's been hard on trees and plants, many of which are now showing signs of severe stress.

Michael Keating / WVXU

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport officials briefed a group of state legislators Friday on road improvements needed to support a $1.5 billion freight hub Amazon is building at the airfield.

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Courtesy of The River City News

Changes are coming to senior centers in Northern Kentucky.

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Paul Vernon / AP

Last Thursday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the state's two-year operating budget, 17 days after the deadline and hours after a temporary budget expired. DeWine vetoed 25 line items before signing the $69 billion budget.


Disasters happen all the time. We've seen enough hurricanes, wildfires, famines, destabilized governments and citizens in revolt in the 24-hour news cycle to know chaos is everywhere. But do we expect it on our doorstep? Maybe we should.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

A 23-year-old woman is recovering after she was shot by a police officer in East Price Hill. The woman was armed with a knife and trying to force her way into an apartment when the officer shot her in the leg. While Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has declined to prosecute the officer, the incident may highlight a growing need in the Cincinnati Police Department for more officers on patrol.

Campbell County Conservation District
Courtesy Campbell County Conservation District

The Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour returns on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twelve farms in the county will be open to guests who will see what life is like for local farmers and how they make their products.

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Julie Bennett / AP

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters on Monday that President Donald Trump is a racist. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones disagrees.

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Courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Fifty years ago this month, the world watched as the Apollo 11 lunar module, nicknamed the "Eagle," landed on the moon and Commander Neil Armstrong and Col. Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin stepped onto the surface of the moon. 

Provided / Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Did you know the Cincinnati Zoo is open until 8 p.m. every Tuesday in July? Visitors can enjoy half-price admission on August 17 and 18, and registration is open for the Cheetah Run 5k. There's a lot going on at the zoo this summer.

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Courtesy of Melba Moore

The Cincinnati Health Department's new Commissioner steps into the role after an unsettling time. The department went without a permanent leader for two years, but Melba Moore has now taken charge, bringing 15 years' experience as the health commissioner for St. Louis.


We're in the midst of a restaurant renaissance. With more options and new joints opening regularly, dining out is hipper than ever. But there's something else amping up this gastronomic experience: noise.


In late June, Cincinnati City Council approved a round of development incentives for several projects. Those included a conversion of the PNC Tower from office to residential and retail, and a mixed-use apartment building along the river called Artistry. Some of the tax incentive deals are for developments that include a certain percentage of units of affordable housing; others do not.

Jay Tuck
Courtesy of Anna Rauchenberger

"There is no guarantee that we will always be Darwin’s Darling." That’s the conclusion of writer and speaker Jay Tuck, the prolific author and journalist who warns that artificial intelligence could end up being the death of humanity as we know it.

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Courtesy Cincinnati Opera

The opera Blind Injustice premieres at Cincinnati Music Hall this month. The opera tells the true stories of six individuals who were tried, convicted, imprisoned and freed through the work of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Thirty-two people have been shot and killed in our area this year. The mother of one of those victims, a 14-year-old, came to police headquarters on Thursday as Chief Eliot Isaac and Mayor John Cranley addressed the surge in violence. Though shootings are down compared with previous years, CPD plans to increase police presence in crime hot spots in an effort to reduce the violence.


The way we think about death is changing. Funerals, once filled with solemn tradition, are breaking from convention in celebratory and sometimes outlandish ways. There are home burials, scattering ashes, life celebrations and "Memorialpaloozas." As baby boomers reach retirement age, a generation known for rebellion may feel that with end of life planning, you can go your own way.

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Courtesy of the University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati civil rights pioneer Marian Spencer died July 10 at the age of 99. Spencer appeared on Cincinnati Edition in 2015 to discuss her then-new biography, Keep on Fighting: The Life and Civil Rights Legacy of Marian A. Spencer. Here, host Michael Monks revisits that conversation and speaks with former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory about the loss of the city's "fearless fighter for justice."

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Courtesy of Stephen Gosling

Before Lauren Worley was getting the word out about Cincinnati Public Schools and student achievement, she was getting the word out about NASA. As press secretary and senior advisor, she led communications initiatives that highlighted the Obama Administration's vision for space exploration. And it wasn't her first high-profile post.

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@gwynethpaltrow / Instagram

Teenagers may be faulted for sharing too much of their personal lives on social media, but in many cases, it's parents who are revealing the most about their children online.