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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If you've ever toyed with the notion of writing the next bestseller, now may be the time. The pandemic is ripe for inspiration, and now you finally have the time to hideaway for months typing on your laptop.


Anderson High School is looking for a new logo and mascot after the Forest Hills School Board voted out a controversial race-based name for Native Americans in July. Students, staff, alumni and community members have a chance to vote on several new mascots, including the Anderson Phoenix, Lions and Dragons.

Let's face it, these past few months have been anything but normal. We've been locked away in our pandemic hideouts, glued to our devices, masked, hunched over, jumping from one Zoom meeting to the next, barely sleeping and always eating. Our bodies ache, our joints crack and our eyes strain. The pandemic has done a number on us.

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The Cincinnati Opera recently held auditions for its 2021 Summer Festival Chorus. In any typical year, the event would bring dozens of singers to Music Hall, performing nearly back-to-back for several days in a row. This is anything but a typical year.


We are increasingly under surveillance in our society. Online, we willingly surrender our privacy, granting corporations and our government huge privileges over us. But in his new book, Life After Privacy, Firmin DeBrabander questions whether privacy is really so important to political liberty and asks, "if not with privacy, how else can we protect democracy?"

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He's described as America's deadliest serial killer. And for more than 40 years he slipped through the cracks of the criminal justice system. A drifter who went in and out of jail but managed to avoid detection in what he claims are 93 killings.


Attorney Steve Goodin was sworn into Cincinnati City Council last week. He temporarily replaces suspended Republican Council Member Jeff Pastor, who faces federal bribery charges.


Judge Heather Stein Russell gets to see women transform from the first day they enter her courtroom to the day they graduate. Russell oversees a program called CHANGE Court, which began in 2014. CHANGE stands for Changing Habits And Setting New Goals is Empowering.

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Andy Chow / Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

We are expected to learn more about the next COVID-19 relief legislation to be considered at the U.S. Congress on Monday.

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WVXU is joining local television, radio and print news organizations for the broadcast event Tri-State Strong: Getting to Zero, a program produced by the Regional COVID Communications Center (RC3).


A piece of legislation making its way through the Ohio House in the lame duck session started as an effort to allow those banned from owning guns to acquire antique firearms. But along the way, House Bill 248 could see dozens of amendments added by lawmakers who hope to expand access guns in Ohio.

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On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review: 

There is a new member of Cincinnati City Council and a former member wants to come back.


These long months of masks, social distancing, shutdowns and remote learning have been unbearably hard on everyone. Especially out nation's young people. In less than a month's time 15 student in the Mason City Schools district were hospitalized for suicidal thoughts. In a nation where 40% of people are now grappling with at least one mental health or drug related problem, Mason's superintendent put out a plea for help.

From the origins of Graeter's Ice Cream and the city's famed chili (and all its varieties), to some of our most acclaimed chefs and restaurants, a new book explores the history of food in Cincinnati.


Like the book that inspired it, the film version of J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy is drawing mixed reactions from people who grew up in the Appalachian community. For some local Appalachian authors, Vance's book and the movie are a damaging portrayal of a region and its people.


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has seen as much as a 20% drop in childhood vaccinations under the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a concerning trend that, if left unchecked, could lead to a "twindemic" that's a threat from both the coronavirus pandemic and a measles outbreak." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

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Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld was the third member of council arrested on federal corruption charges this year, but one local law professor believes that this particular case may be an example of prosecutorial overreach.


Karen Rumsey describes herself as the Cincinnati Police Department's best kept secret since 2014. A secret because many people do not know about her job as a social worker with the department and her outreach efforts with the victims of violent crime.

Carol Gibbs was worried about her neighbors. As the president of the Mt. Auburn Community Development Corporation, she saw how new development in her neighborhood was driving up property taxes, putting residents who lived in the neighborhood for many years in danger of losing their homes.


Ohio's unemployment rate has fallen from its pandemic peak of 17.3% in April to 5.6% in October, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. But it's not all good news. Workers will now only be eligible for 13 weeks of extended benefits instead of 20 weeks.


A University of Cincinnati cardiologist wants to empower communities that have taken a big hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. And he thinks a smartphone app could help.


Remote learning has returned to many local school districts. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered public and private schools to close their classrooms starting Nov. 23 as COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout the state. Cincinnati Public Schools superintendent also announced a return to remote learning on Nov. 23 as Ohio case totals rise.

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The recent rains have taken much of our region's beautiful autumn foliage, and brought with them the reminder that winter is coming.


Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld says he is not guilty of federal bribery charges. Sittenfeld is the third council member to be arrested by federal agents this year.


As we prepare for Thanksgiving one question looms: Should we gather around the table with our extended family?

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Evan Vucci / AP

For most people, the U.S. presidential election is over.

But one important player has not yet reached that conclusion: President Donald J. Trump.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday issued a 10 p.m. curfew for the next 21 days in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.


What makes a city a healthy one? The Mercantile Library explores how the built environment changes life choices and even lifespan in the upcoming talk "The Healthy City" as part of an ongoing series The Case for Cities.

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Michael Dwyer / AP

President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to rejoin the 2015 Paris climate accord as soon as he is inaugurated. Biden has promised to launch a bold climate change plan and restore dozens of environmental safeguards President Trump abolished. But how far can a Biden administration go on climate policy without the support of Republicans? Will he face stiff opposition to his most sweeping programs?