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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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. 

AP Photo/Al Behrman, File

The real estate listing company Zillow Group is now buying homes directly from sellers, and it's bringing the operation to Cincinnati next year. It's called Zillow Offers and it's part of an emerging trend of instant buying, or "i-Buying." 


In recent years, there has been much concern expressed about the value of degrees awarded in the fields related to humanities. Perhaps, critics argue, undergraduate students would be better served by educational programs that more freely steer them into more specific employment opportunities. 


In 2018 more children died from being left in hot cars than any other year on record. In 2019, 41 children have died. More information on the statistics can be found at kidsandcars.org

How to Be an Anti-Racist
Courtesy of Amazon

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi says there is no such thing as being "not racist." As one of the leading commentators on race in America, he argues there are only racist and antiracist ideas.

Renée Elise Goldsberry
Courtesy of the Cincinnati Pops

In 2016, Renée Elise Goldsberry found herself lauded with accolades, including the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, for her originating role as Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway hit Hamilton. But her journey neither starts, nor ends there.


Families can now apply for affordable housing in Cincinnati but the window of opportunity is narrow. 

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority reopened its waiting list for its Housing Choice Voucher Program on Monday, September 9. 

suicide prevention

Clermont County hosts its annual Suicide Awareness Day candlelight vigil on Tuesday and the health department released some startling statistics ahead of it.

churchill downs
KyBluegrass / Wikimedia Commons

Churchill Downs announced last week not only that it plans to construct a $200 million horse racing and gaming track somewhere in Northern Kentucky, but also that it seeks to take away the winter racing dates historically awarded to Turfway Park in Florence.


The mysterious cases seem to have started in April. Patients showing up in emergency rooms with chest pain and trouble breathing. Some of them went into acute respiratory failure. What started with dozens of cases is now hundreds nationwide and doctors are beginning to ask each patient if they've been vaping.

churchill downs
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Horses could be racing at a track named for Latonia again.

Friday marks one year since the deadly mass shooting outside the Fifth Third Bank tower at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. Three people died, more were wounded, and the city responded – first with fear over the uncertainty of what happened, and then with resolve, to be strong, and to help the victims and their families. Shortly after the first shots were fired, local media rushed to the scene to get a handle on what was happening. Local reporters who were on site during the early stages of the investigation will join us to tell the story from their perspective of covering a tragedy in the city they serve.

monmouth street newport
Michael Monks / The River City News

The idea is to focus on connectivity, interoperability and resilience in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, according to a profile from the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge describing the US-27 Smart Connectivity Corridor project.


On the morning of September 6, 2018, a gunman entered the Fifth Third Center near Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati and opened fire. Three people were killed, and Whitney Austin was one of two people injured before police quickly shot and killed the suspect. She was hit 12 times while trapped in a revolving door to the lobby of the Fifth Third tower.

cincinnati indian film festival
Courtesy of the Indian Film Festival

Twenty films will make up this year’s Indian Film Festival, running Sept. 5-14 at various locations around Cincinnati. The only Indian film festival in Ohio, it is organized and hosted by the India Sister Cities in collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum.

the point Zembrodt Education Center
Courtesy of The Point

For decades, The Point/ARC has assisted local individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities. By connecting these individuals to educational, residential, social and vocational opportunities, The Point is helping them to reach their highest potential.

news literacy project
Courtest of the New Literacy Project

With a barrage of "fake news" filling our social feeds and impacting our elections, Scripps is teaming up with the News Literacy Project to help younger news consumers distinguish fact from fiction.

ohio river swim
Courtesy of the Great Ohio River Swim

The Bill Keating, Jr. Great Ohio River Swim – the only open water swim to cross the Ohio and back – takes place Sunday, Sept. 22. It's a rare opportunity for a swim across the river under controlled conditions. The Ohio will be closed to all barge and power boat traffic during the event.