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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Jim Nolan / WVXU

As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps so many of us at home, people are turning to delivery for food options. But ordering through third-party apps like DoorDash, GrubHub and Uber Eats may not be the boon to local restaurants that customers think.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expecting higher than usual temperatures across the country in the spring, along with above-average rainfall, some of which could be significant enough to trigger flood conditions amid already saturated soils.

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Courtesy of PBS

The 1974 "Super Outbreak" of tornadoes devastated Xenia and also hit Cincinnati - particularly Sayler Park - hard. The powerful series of storms that caused damage from the the U.S. South to the Great Lakes, also drew in influential severe weather researcher Ted Fujita, who had earned the moniker, "Mr. Tornado" for his groundbreaking work in the field.

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Courtesy of North American Properties Group

Five new businesses were announced Wednesday at Newport on the Levee as owner North American Properties Group (NAP) announced its Bridgeview Box Park project.

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Courtesy of Blair Technology Group

The former Value City and Burlington store locations in the Latonia Plaza II will be renovated to house two rapidly growing and related firms.

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Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine urges critics of the state government's pandemic response to address their anger at him. This comes after protesters showed up outside the home of Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.

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Daniel Sewell / AP

As Ohio begins a gradual reopening of the economy, Cincinnati Edition speaks with local leaders about how they are preparing. Today we talk to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. She has led her city through unprecedented times that in 2019 saw devastating tornadoes, a mass shooting and now in 2020, a pandemic. She'll discuss what Governor Mike DeWine's reopening means for Dayton and how the city's budget has suffered under the crisis.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with Michael Williams, the 18-year-old singer from Mason, Ohio, who learned on Monday that he will be advancing on NBC’s The Voice.  

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Ohio employees in manufacturing, distribution, construction and office work can begin returning to their jobs today. As part of the gradual reopening of the economy, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is recommending that employees who can telework remain at home.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The city of Cincinnati's projected budget deficit for the new fiscal year that begins in July now stands at $91.4 million. The number grew by $10 million in just two weeks.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

The Red Rifle will no longer wear orange and black on the football field.

Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback for nine seasons, was released from the team on Thursday, days after the organization took heralded LSU quarterback Joe Burrow in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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Evan Vucci / AP

Public opinion polls have been largely unfavorable to President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, while state governors are receiving high marks.


As we don our masks for the grocery and we do our part to stay home and flatten the curve, many of us are turning our attention to the soil. It recalls a different time, during World War I, when Americans were called on to plant a garden and grow food in whatever space they had. Then during WWII, these so-called "victory gardens" really took off.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati Edition speaks with WVXU’s Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson about Tuesday’s vote-by-mail primary.


Cincinnati Edition speaks with Kimberly Whitton, the public engagement coordinator with the Great Parks of Hamilton County, about reopening the county golf courses beginning this Friday.

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Courtesy of Kurt Reiber, CEO Freestore Foodbank

Tens of thousands of hungry families feeling the strain of unemployment due to the coronavirus are turning to food banks for help. The Freestore Foodbank, one of the largest emergency food providers in the Tri-State area, says their organization is working hard to keep up with the demand. The organization says it is spending five times what it normally spends on food distribution.

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The COVID-19 global pandemic has many of us working from home at a level we're just not used to. We're no longer just occasionally hopping on the computer to send a work-related email or to produce a document for business. We're working our full shifts at home.

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Rich Pedroncelli / AP

President Trump signed a new $484 billion relief package on Friday. The deal includes $310 billion to replenish the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP ran out of money on April 16, after just 14 days.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie became the focus of widespread national scorn, even from within his own Republican Party, all the way to the White House, when he tried to force every member of the U.S. House to return to Washington, D.C. to vote in person on the first coronavirus relief package. President Trump took aim at the four-term Congressman on Twitter.

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Amanda Lee Myers, AP; Courtesy of Charmaine McGuffey

Law enforcement officials and the inmates that they are responsible for overseeing are facing challenges brought on by COVID-19. The Marion Correctional Institution, 50 miles north of Columbus, has nearly 2,000 inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19. That represents about 80% of the prison's inmates.