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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Courtesy of Melba Moore

The Cincinnati Health Department's new Commissioner steps into the role after an unsettling time. The department went without a permanent leader for two years, but Melba Moore has now taken charge, bringing 15 years' experience as the health commissioner for St. Louis.


We're in the midst of a restaurant renaissance. With more options and new joints opening regularly, dining out is hipper than ever. But there's something else amping up this gastronomic experience: noise.


In late June, Cincinnati City Council approved a round of development incentives for several projects. Those included a conversion of the PNC Tower from office to residential and retail, and a mixed-use apartment building along the river called Artistry. Some of the tax incentive deals are for developments that include a certain percentage of units of affordable housing; others do not.

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Courtesy of Anna Rauchenberger

"There is no guarantee that we will always be Darwin’s Darling." That’s the conclusion of writer and speaker Jay Tuck, the prolific author and journalist who warns that artificial intelligence could end up being the death of humanity as we know it.

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Courtesy Cincinnati Opera

The opera Blind Injustice premieres at Cincinnati Music Hall this month. The opera tells the true stories of six individuals who were tried, convicted, imprisoned and freed through the work of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Thirty-two people have been shot and killed in our area this year. The mother of one of those victims, a 14-year-old, came to police headquarters on Thursday as Chief Eliot Isaac and Mayor John Cranley addressed the surge in violence. Though shootings are down compared with previous years, CPD plans to increase police presence in crime hot spots in an effort to reduce the violence.


The way we think about death is changing. Funerals, once filled with solemn tradition, are breaking from convention in celebratory and sometimes outlandish ways. There are home burials, scattering ashes, life celebrations and "Memorialpaloozas." As baby boomers reach retirement age, a generation known for rebellion may feel that with end of life planning, you can go your own way.

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Courtesy of the University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati civil rights pioneer Marian Spencer died July 10 at the age of 99. Spencer appeared on Cincinnati Edition in 2015 to discuss her then-new biography, Keep on Fighting: The Life and Civil Rights Legacy of Marian A. Spencer. Here, host Michael Monks revisits that conversation and speaks with former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory about the loss of the city's "fearless fighter for justice."

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Courtesy of Stephen Gosling

Before Lauren Worley was getting the word out about Cincinnati Public Schools and student achievement, she was getting the word out about NASA. As press secretary and senior advisor, she led communications initiatives that highlighted the Obama Administration's vision for space exploration. And it wasn't her first high-profile post.

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@gwynethpaltrow / Instagram

Teenagers may be faulted for sharing too much of their personal lives on social media, but in many cases, it's parents who are revealing the most about their children online.

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Courtesy of Bleeped

In 1990, an exhibit at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center led to great controversy. "The Perfect Moment" was a collection of 175 photographs from provocative photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The images included nude children and explicit depictions of gay sadistic and masochistic (S&M) culture.

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Local author and creative writing instructor Ellen Everman takes us on a journey in Bell Bottoms to Gucci, her latest novel, which launches in the year 1964 and travels through the decades of psychedelics, protests, hippies, and the titular pants. Calling the book "an ode to baby boomers," the book's publisher notes that Everman’s story examines both sides of the political fence from an intuitive personal perspective.

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Courtesy of The Adventure Zone

The tabletop role-playing-game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) may have gone through some growing pains during the "satanic panic" of the 1980s, but it is seeing a pop culture resurgence, with cameos in hit series like Big Bang Theory and Stranger Things. So what exactly is this game and why has it remained a staple of tabletop game players for more than 40 years?

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John Kiesewetter / WVXU

This May, a section of Downtown Cincinnati was closed off and transformed into the set of American Ninja Warrior as competitors attempted to master an elaborate obstacle course and qualify for the show's national finals in Las Vegas.

Court & Walnut architectural rendering

Is there a reason so many of the new apartment buildings in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's urban cores look so similar?

Two Ohio students were chosen as finalists for the coveted Braille Institute of America Braille Challenge Finals. The national competition was held in Los Angeles June 21-22.


Ripley's has been celebrating the strange and unusual for over a century. What started out as a cartoon about sports oddities called Champs and Chumps by LeRoy Robert Ripley in December, 1918, grew into an empire of museums (Ripley's calls them odditoreums), haunted adventures, waxworks, theaters, aquariums, books, radio and television shows.

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Courtesy of Cincinnati Book Publishing

Independence Day typically inspires many Americans to re-examine our nation’s founding principles and their relevance to our current circumstances.

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Courtesy of Monic Schneider/Michael Snyder, MJS Photography Limited

Hearing aids can be a substantial out-of-pocket expense, as mothers Karen Klugo and Monica Schneider found when their children needed the devices. Klugo's health insurance didn't cover any of the cost of her 18-month-old daughter's hearing aids or aural rehabilitation. Schneider's policy only covered $500 of her son's expenses.

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Susan Walsh / AP

Last Sunday, President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone (DMZ). The leaders agreed to revive talks on North Korea's nuclear program. Trump became the first sitting American president to step into North Korea.