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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After a weekend of protests and more than two hundred arrests, Cincinnati is extending a curfew to at least Monday night. Local protests, like so many across the nation, were sparked by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. The demonstrations, which began peacefully in the early hours, turned to vandalism in some areas of the city throughout several nights.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will appear at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Fort Thomas on Friday to talk with frontline health care workers and to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which he introduced prior to its adoption.

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Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review on Friday will highlight the entry of Cincinnati Councilman David Mann into the 2021 mayoral race. How does his decision impact other candidates' look at the race?

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President Donald Trump is one of Twitter's most prolific users, but this week he turned his ire toward the social media platform, claiming that it censors conservative viewpoints.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has begun allowing restaurants that meet certain guidelines to reopen for dine-in service as of May 21. Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the reopening are Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment CEO Britney Ruby Miller; and Frisch’s Big Boy President and CEO Jason Vaughn.


With the major stressors of the pandemic, are Americans reaching for the bottle to calm their nerves? Market research firm Nielsen finds wine sales are up 29.4%, spirits by 32.7% and beer up 11.8%.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

More sectors of the economy start their slow reopening. Recent days brought restaurants and retail establishments back online, though with tight restrictions.

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Traditional graduation ceremonies at local high schools were upended by the current pandemic. The cancellations have forced school districts to offer some creative solutions to celebrate their classes of 2020, and to hand out diplomas.

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The class of 2020 is facing a whole new world this fall as they embark on their next big journey in life. After their senior year was upended by online learning and drive-thru graduations, the traditional fall semester on campus will be anything but predictable. We talk with two students in the class of 2020 about how the global pandemic has caused them to rethink their plans for higher education.


With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting state budgets, Ohio schools are facing $300 million in cuts to K-12 education. Cincinnati Public Schools will see its funding cut by more than $8 million at the end of the state fiscal year on June 30. As Ohio's third largest district, it could also see enrollment grow significantly this fall under the pandemic - but will classes resume in-person or online?

Courtesy of Mercy Health

Cincinnati Edition discusses health disparities in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review on Friday will feature local and national journalists discussing the week's biggest headlines.

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Cincinnati Edition looks at what has been happening with local evictions and foreclosures during the pandemic.


The city of Cincinnati is closing parts of 25 streets in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown to make room for more outdoor seating at local restaurants. The move comes after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced restaurants can begin opening for outdoor dining on Friday, May 15, and it is meant to allow for greater social distancing of diners.


Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine has undergone a major transformation in the last 20 years. Vacant buildings opened for new business and the neighborhood was booming with restaurants and bars popping up almost on a weekly basis. Then the pandemic hit.

After a long search, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) has found a new permanent home. The community arts center has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Dewey's Pizza for the land northeast of Ludlow and Clifton Avenues.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with UC Health researchers Dr. Aaron Grossman, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitative Medicine and a UC Health physician; and Dr. Matthew Smith, a neuro-critical care fellow and UC Health physician; about their just-completed report that offers guidelines for providing lifesaving treatment to stroke patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Richard Cordray was the nation's first director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) when it was created a decade ago during the administration of President Barack Obama. 

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati Edition speaks with County Commission President Denise Driehaus about a new small business program that uses federal CARES Act dollars to help local businesses who have not yet received federal assistance.  

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Dr. Evaline Alessandrini, the chief medial officer of UC Health, about the process of resuming elective surgeries and other procedures that were halted during the pandemic more than a month ago and the new COVID-19 testing capabilities that are now in place.