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.

Ways to Connect

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first African American to serve as the state's top prosecutor.

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As part of a program designed to spark meaningful dialogue about the tough issues surrounding race and racism, the YWCA Greater Cincinnati is partnering with local libraries, bookstores and universities to discuss the YA fictional book by author Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give.


As we celebrate Black History Month, MORTAR, a local business accelerator, is looking to the future instead of the past. MORTAR Managing Partner and 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow Derrick Braziel presents Future History Now, a day filled with impactful programming and conversations on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Macy's announced significant changes in its investors call this week, including the closure of more than 100 stores across the country, including one at Northgate Mall. But more impactful was the retail giant's news that its Cincinnati headquarters would also be shut down, eliminating from the city nearly 500 jobs.

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This week has seen one major story after another in national politics, and our friend, the Political Junkie Ken Rudin, is in town to join us for Thursday's Cincinnati Edition with a live studio audience.

Cammy Dierking

Longtime Local 12 News anchor Cammy Dierking retired from the station on Dec. 20, 2019. Dierking, whose career spanned three decades in broadcasting, was Cincinnati's first female sportscaster in 1988.

Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women's Clubs

Before the NAACP, before the National Urban League, there was the National Association of Colored Women. The NACW is America's first national black organization, founded in 1896. And Cincinnati has a connection to history, with a local chapter, the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women's Clubs.

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According to Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes, some taxpayers are paying more than their fair share of the tax burden for public services like education and transportation, while others are getting substantial tax breaks.

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The city of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Public School District have been at odds for months over how much money should go to the school district from development projects and properties that receive tax abatements.

Rethinking Retail

Feb 4, 2020
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Iconic department stores like Macy’s are reportedly trying to find new and creative ways of competing in the digital, e-commerce age.  

Cincy Stories

Cincy Stories started in 2014 with an idea between two friends. While working at Fireside Pizza in Walnut Hills, they talked about what they find so meaningful about sharing stories. And those conversations led them in 2015 to host a storytelling night in the basement of MOTR Pub.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Fears surrounding the coronavirus arrive locally as two students at Miami University are being monitored for symptoms after visiting China.

The Cincinnati Storytelling Festival is set for the weekend of Feb. 6 - 8 at the Madcap Education Center on Harrison Avenue.

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Courtesy of Cincinnati Art Museum

A new exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum is designed to help visitors think critically about the role of gender and diversity and how those issues get represented in the world of art. 

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Courtesy of Amy Faust

Women in Film Cincinnati partners with the Cincinnati Museum of Art to present a free series of acclaimed films directed by and about women. 

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Cincinnati's oldest public library is getting its first-ever renovation.

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Courtesy of the author

Rick Pender's second edition of 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die is a guide to exploring almost everything in the city. 

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Cincinnati city and educational leaders discuss what to do about granting future property tax abatements. 


Former Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Mark Curnutte shares a powerful memory of attending Church of the Resurrection in Bond Hill after his recovery from cancer. In the church, he is embraced as he weeps, overcome with emotion. He uses this moment to reflect on his decades of reporting in a new book Across the Color Line: Reporting 25 Years in Black Cincinnati.

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Yossi Klein Halevi emigrated from the U.S. to Israel as a young man and has become a sought-after scholar to discuss the Middle East's lone democracy.