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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Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

The release of new court documents in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe show just how extensive the investigation has been.

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Courtesy Great Parks of Hamilton County

With 21 parks and preserves covering 17,666 acres, Great Parks of Hamilton County is the largest land holder in the county. Established in 1930, the park system completed its first-ever Comprehensive Master Plan this January. The plan will guide parks, facilities, programming and services over the next 10 years, through 2028.

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Michael Monks / River City News

Northern Kentucky's largest city is in the midst of a noticeable renaissance. Downtown Covington is now home to dozens of new restaurants, small businesses, bars and residential projects. It's a far departure from the downward trend the city experienced starting in the 1970s when it was noted by the federal government as one of the nation’s most distressed.

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Public Domain Pictures

Since 1993, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Barrows Conservation Lecture Series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts.

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Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The Avondale Development Corporation (ADC) is working with neighbors to identify strengths and challenges in the community and establish goals to move the neighborhood forward.

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Provided

This Cincinnati-based firm is still in its infancy but already is having a major impact on local communities looking to answer difficult community planning questions and creating a healthier public realm.

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Amazon

Helen Thorpe is a journalist and the author of three books, Just Like Us, Soldier Girls, and The Newcomers. Her narrative nonfiction documents the lives of immigrants, refugees and veterans of foreign conflicts.

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Mark Humphrey / AP

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s field is set as of Sunday night, and the local area is well-represented by the Cincinnati Bearcats and Northern Kentucky Norse.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

The fallout from the texting case involving five Cincinnati City Council members continues with a heated council meeting, and the release of a recorded deathbed statement from Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman's late wife Pamela, chastising Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

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Amazon

The popularity of true crime stories seems to be at an all-time high. The first season of the NPR podcast Serial, which re-examined the murder of a Baltimore high school student, smashed download records in 2014. The Netflix documentary Making a Murderer had more than 19 million viewers in its first month. The comedy true crime podcast My Favorite Murder soared to popularity in 2018. The show is live in Cincinnati on March 16 and tickets are sold out.

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Courtesy Paula Poundstone

Public radio listeners know comedian Paula Poundstone from her many appearances on Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me!, which airs on WVXU and WMUB Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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Courtesy Tessa Clark

A local fashion designer makes her television debut when season 17 of Project Runway premieres March 14 at 8 p.m. on Bravo. Tessa Clark joins 15 other designers competing for a $250,000 prize on the reality TV fashion competition.

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Ten Speed Press / AP

Ever since Marie Kondo turned organizing into an art and then made her method available to everyone on Netflix, it seems decluttering has been all the rage.

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Wikimedia Commons

The Newport Southbank Bridge is better known locally as the Purple People Bridge. The landmark span that connects Newport to Cincinnati earned the colorful moniker after a new paint job in 2001, shortly after the City of Newport and Southbank Partners used $4 million in state funds to refurbish and repair it.

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Michael E. Keating / WVXU

Private development can mean economic opportunity, increased tax revenues and more jobs for local communities. But in many struggling Cincinnati neighborhoods, new developments by private firms have targeted new residents who can afford to pay higher housing costs. More expensive new housing can increase pricing for the entire neighborhood, which can force current lower income residents to be pushed out of the community.

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Amazon

Colleges, universities and court systems are cracking down on hazing in fraternities and sororities, but will it eradicate the problem from campus chapters?

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

A Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judge says the five Cincinnati City Council members who broke Ohio law by secretly texting each other should resign and return to taxpayers the $101,000 the city will pay for their transgressions.

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Courtesy of Joshua Benoit

The tiny Belgica Antarctica, the Antarctic midge, or fly, is the largest land animal found on the continent, as well as its only insect.

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Disney-Marvel Studios via AP

Editor's note: This segment contains language some may find offensive. 

Two highly anticipated premiers bring an end to a fantasy series fans have watched for nearly a decade and the beginning of a new female superhero franchise.

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The nation's suicide rate is up 33 percent from 1999 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But among teens, the number is even higher. The suicide rate among whites increased 70 percent from 2006 to 2016 and, although African-Americans die by suicide less often, the rate of increase among blacks was higher, at 77 percent.

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