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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The State of Ohio borrowed more than $3 billion from the federal government to prop up its cash-strapped unemployment benefits. This news comes a week after it is learned that nearly 24,000 Ohioans were asked to pay back the unemployment benefits they received.

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Al Behrman / AP

Summer officially begins on Saturday, and arrives as many of us are still mostly quarantining due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


At the city of Cincinnati's first budget hearing Tuesday night, many members of the public spoke out against increasing the budget for the Cincinnati Police Department, calling instead to defund the police. Around 200 people turned out in person and on Zoom.


The Citizen Complaint Authority has struggled for years as an understaffed and underfunded independent agency that investigates complaints against the Cincinnati Police Department. Under these staffing constraints the agency is facing a major backlog of cases. Now Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and City Council are working to better fund the CCA.

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

Amid the protests against racial injustice and deadly police violence against African Americans, a local panel discussion hosted by Cincy Black PRIDE posed the question: Do all black lives matter?

Jason Whitman

The mass demonstrations against police brutality that we are seeing nationwide and here locally are largely fueled by young people. Today on Cincinnati Edition we speak to some of the youngest voices among the movement about their activism.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review: How black journalists find themselves living in two worlds as they cover the civil unrest taking place across the country: "Reporters have been personally impacted at work and in life by racism, yet they must persist," writes Enquirer columnist Byron McCauley

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Charlie Riedel / AP

In the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality, a 2017 study co-authored by a University of Cincinnati professor is getting some renewed attention. The study found that local law enforcement agencies who accepted more decommissioned and donated equipment from the U.S. military through what's known as the "1033 Program" were statistically more likely to result in officer involved killings than those who did not utilize the program.

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Eviction proceedings resumed on Monday in Hamilton County after a delay under the pandemic. Now Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval worries the cases will skyrocket. Cincinnati has one of highest percentage of renters in the nation among large cities. There are currently around 1,000 eviction cases pending due to the court closures under the pandemic.

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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was first elected to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1984. Victorious in six elections for the seat, one of the nation's most powerful politicians wants to win his seventh six-year term.

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McMurtry, Adam Beam, AP / All others campaign websites

More than two months ago, president and prolific tweeter Donald Trump turned his legion of social media followers on a fellow Republican: Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie.

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In David Pepper's third novel, The Voter File, foreign interference threatens our elections. Recently unemployed political reporter Jack Sharpe follows a lead about a special election in Wisconsin with a suspicious outcome and uncovers a plot to change the results of U.S. elections all over the country.

Cincinnati Zoo And Botanical Garden

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has been awaiting word from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on a reopening date and we now know that can begin June 10. The zoo is planning a phased reopening with  limited crowds, and tickets only sold in advance. Those tickets will be timed to limit the number of people entering the zoo at a time.


Starting Monday, June 8, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission will open several neighborhood pools as well as host limited-attendance day camps for children at centers around the city. In this time of COVID-19, they face a variety of challenges to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for swimmers and campers.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Recent days in Cincinnati have brought to our city a series of daily events in which people call for justice following the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police. The protests here mirror the unrest gripping much of the nation.

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The Cincinnati Art Museum now has a reopening date of June 20 after closing in March under the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum has a plan in place for its staff and visitors to maintain social distancing inside the historic Eden Park facility.


With concerns about the coronavirus, many people are hesitant to enter hospitals and doctor's offices, and that may include parents whose children need regular check-ups. But pediatricians are trying to get the word out to families that their offices have been open during the pandemic, and it is still safe to schedule child-well visits.

2020 marks the 17th year of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, an annual celebration of alternative and "weird" theatrical performances produced by Know Theatre.

Jason Whitman

On a fifth night of protests in Cincinnati the demonstrations ended in time for the city's imposed curfew at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Also on Tuesday evening, West Chester saw its first protest. West Chester's Police Chief Joel Herzog let a group break the township’s newly formed 30-day curfew.

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Ronny Salerno / WVXU

Days of protests in Cincinnati continue.