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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autumn leaves fall

The season has officially changed from summer to autumn, in spite of the lingering hot temperatures. So, now that peak planting season is over, what should you be doing with your garden and landscape?

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati Adjunct Advocacy Association is organizing a week of events on campus to raise awareness about what they say is the pay disparity facing part-time and adjunct faculty. The highlight of the week is a "positive demonstration" Wednesday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on campus.

Marty Brennaman
John Minchillo / AP

"…and this one belongs to the Reds." That iconic phrase delivered at the end of a Cincinnati Reds win will not be heard again after this week, at least not from the man who coined it.

human rights conference
Kin Cheung / AP

The University of Dayton is hosting a conference to address the high-risk threats to human rights and how they are presenting themselves with unprecedented urgency. 


New research shows that a lack of diversity in the classroom continues to impact students, culturally and academically, but that little is being done to improve the recruitment and retention of black male teachers.

little miami bike trail
J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

It takes 5,000 to 6,000 volunteer hours annually to maintain the Little Miami State Park bike trail running 50 miles from Newtown to Xenia. The trail turns 40 this year and the Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP), who volunteer their time to maintain the trail, are looking to celebrate.

Associated Press

A huge opioid trial is scheduled in Cleveland in October, and when it happens some leaders in Ohio want to make sure that we learn from past mistakes. 

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is under fire for use of a state-owned plane. The state’s two largest newspapers are calling for more transparency on the issue.


Local faith-based groups will host the third annual Cincinnati Youth Interfaith Basketball Tournament to bring teenagers from different religious backgrounds together. Participants are high school students from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh communities. There will be both boys and girls brackets. BeSpoken Live, the Islamic Center of Mason, the Sikh Community of Cincinnati, the Mayerson JCC, and the Jewish Community Relations Council, the public affairs arm of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, are hosting the tournament on September 22.

amazon jobs
Kathy Willens / AP

Bathroom breaks timed to the second. Exceedingly high staff turnover. Vending machines full of ibuprofen painkillers in the workplace. According to author Emily Guendelsberger, features like these aren’t necessarily the exception for low-wage workers. They are the norm.

come from away
Courtesy of Broadway In Cincinnati

On September 11, 2001, as terrorist attacks besieged New York City and Washington, D.C., airlines saw their flights diverted. One such flight was Delta Flight 37 from London Gatwick to CVG Airport. Glenn Prasser was one of the passengers aboard that flight as it was diverted to Newfoundland and where they would spend the next four days, slowly learning about what was happening in the U.S.

american dream

The American Dream promises opportunity, class mobility, and prosperity. How are we doing on this promise?

Associated Press

September is Recovery Month, a time to increase awareness and understanding about substance use disorders and celebrate people in recovery. The University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University are among the nation's schools that have received a sizable grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The money will go toward training students for careers in behavioral health professions focused on substance use.

medical marijuana

Twenty-one states have legalized marijuana for medical use. Now Kentucky is debating medicinal marijuana. Public support is growing in Kentucky and legislation made it out of a House committee in this year's General Assembly session. Now the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is hosting a public forum to answer questions on medical marijuana.


Architecture and the built environment effect our lives every day, says American Institute of Architects Cincinnati Executive Director Julie Carpenter. Buildings are places where we live, work and play. Carpenter says there is an increased interest in design that promotes health and an improved quality of life. That is the focus of the AIA Ohio Valley Regional conference Sept. 19-21.


A growing number of colleges are no longer requiring standardized exams traditionally used during the admissions process. Xavier University is now joining their ranks. 


More than 40 artists from two dozen countries are on display at the 21C Museum Hotel in Cincinnati for the exhibit Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance. Textile artist Bisa Butler is one of them. She depicts images of people pulled from archival photographs, sewn into African fabrics such as Kente cloth.


How do you get your family to the dinner table when you're a single parent who works a night shift? How do you provide healthy meals when the food pantry sends you home with microwave pizza?

After more than a quarter century in office, a popular local politician is retiring following a return of cancer. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune’s career has seen him defy the odds, being elected as a Democrat before that was the norm in the region’s most populous but, for generations, heavily Republican county. In a teary announcement Thursday, he said that while cancer is derailing his plans to seek reelection, he will finish his current term.

The goal is to reduce by 50% the consumption of energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions among Cincinnati’s building infrastructure. That goal is set to be achieved by the year 2030.