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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Nearly 46,200 public school students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have no internet access at home, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But that number is changing for the better, due in part to the pandemic.

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A handyman says he was shot while trying to break up a party at an Airbnb in Cincinnati's Pendleton neighborhood on Aug. 16. The man who rented the Airbnb has come forward to say it was the handyman who fired a gun first, but the handyman's family denied he fired his gun and police agree there's no evidence of that.

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On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review Friday at noon:

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President Trump will deliver his remarks on Thursday night to conclude the Republican National Convention and to accept the party's renomination.


A patient in Cincinnati has now received the first dose in a clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine. Clinicians at UC Health and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine administered the first dose to Jarelle Marshall, an IT professional who lives in Cincinnati. Before UC's trial, New Horizons Clinical Research in Blue Ash began a trial of the Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine in July.

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The pumpkin spice latte is back on menus at Starbucks, earlier than ever. But after a hot start to this week, for many it's a pleasant reminder that autumn isn't far behind. So, what does the change in season portend for your garden, your landscape, your outdoor goals?


Change is coming for an agency that is underfunded, understaffed and facing a major backlog of cases. The Citizen Complaint Authority, which pushes for police reforms in the city of Cincinnati, is getting a new leader.


On the centennial of women's suffrage author Kimberly Hamlin delivers a biography of a rebellious spirit hailed as the “Harriett Beecher Stowe of Fallen Women." After being outed in Ohio newspapers for her affair with a married man, Helen Hamilton Gardner changed her name, moved to a new city, became a famous reformer, and, ultimately, the “most potent factor” in getting the 19th Amendment through Congress and the highest-ranking woman in federal government. 

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Small businesses in Hamilton County that have been harmed during the pandemic now have a second chance to apply for funding through the Hamilton County CARES Small Business Relief Program. The second round of the program launched Monday, Aug. 24, allowing business owners to apply for grants up to $10,000.

A hot mic landed Reds TV broadcaster Thom Brennaman in hot water after an anti-gay slur that he uttered was broadcast just ahead of a ball game he was to call for FOX Sports Ohio.


Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman was pulled from the broadcast of the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader following his use of a homophobic slur during the game. He was suspended indefinitely. Brennaman apologized on-air for his remark.


The COVID-19 has impacted lives and businesses in both negative and, surprisingly, positive ways. The housing market is booming with prices up 8.1 percent in July. In many areas, inventory is low so houses hitting the market are often sold with days or even hours. Meanwhile the number of affordable homes for low and even middle-income buyers is shrinking.


The Middletown City School District began the school year this Monday online. All classes for the district are being held virtually. Superintendent Marlon Styles, Jr. says when it is safe to return to the classroom the district will make the decision with the guidance of area health departments.

The spaying and neutering of stray or "community" cats is the focus of a new campaign by Cincinnati-based the Ten Movement.

The goal of the program, dubbed "Mild Kingdom", is to spay, neuter and vaccinate to keep the stray cat population from growing.


The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is creating a new chief diversity and inclusion officer. According to CSO President Jonathan Martin they are the first major American orchestra to have such a position. With the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests against police brutality the CSO took a closer look at its existing diversity, equity and inclusion work.


In a span of just a few hours 18 people were shot, and four of them died in the early morning hours Sunday in Cincinnati. Cincinnati is now on pace to see more than 100 homicides in 2020. City leaders are calling for an end to the senseless violence. Councilmember Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney said we need to address the root causes of violence.


As the nation turns its attention to key battleground states in the presidential election, a group of local journalists have turned their attention to Ohio for a series of stories on the people of our state. The project, called A Picture's Worth, is in its second season, Ohio Values, exploring the Midwestern flyover state that has voted for the winning presidential candidate in 29 of the last 31 elections.


When former president and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kathy Merchant pitched the idea for a book about Cincinnati's artists there was just one catch. ArtsWave CEO and President Alecia Kintner wanted the book to be all about women.


Shootings overnight Sunday left 18 people shot, including four dead from Over-the-Rhine to Avondale. Police responded to the first shooting early Sunday at 70 E. McMicken Ave. in Over-the-Rhine. They found several people shot and two dead.


Colleges are preparing for a new school year that will be like no other.