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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Al Behrman / AP

Cincinnati Edition speaks with Kroger spokesperson Erin Rolfes, who is with the Cincinnati-
Dayton division, about recent supermarket changes intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

WVXU is bringing you an old-school radio comedy play on Wednesday at 8 p.m., live on 91.7 FM.

Courtesy of University Hospital

Cincinnati Edition speaks with Dr. Grace McComsey and Dr. Robert Salata about the coronavirus and drug trials that are underway in Ohio to test the effectiveness of the antiviral drug Remdesivir for use in treating the novel virus. 

Ohio State University

Cincinnati Edition speaks with Scott Kenney, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine Food Animal Health Research Program at Ohio State University, about his work studying the coronavirus and the need for funding future scientific research.

Cincinnati Edition speaks with a local mom who works in venture capital about her struggle with COVID-19. Elizabeth Edwards details how she tested negative but doctors confirmed she has the virus.

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Paul Sancya / AP

Cincinnati Edition speaks with Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Candace McGraw, about how the airport has been dealing with issues surrounding the coronavirus and what changes mean to passengers, employees and businesses.

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Cincinnati is reporting three confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hamilton County has confirmed its first and second cases on Thursday. 

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Evan Vucci / AP

The global pandemic of coronavirus/COVID-19 is requiring response from all levels of government, which has come with both compliments and some public disagreements.

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John Minchillo / AP

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told Cincinnati Edition on Wednesday that vital city services are remaining operational during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered fitness centers and gyms to close on Monday, but the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati was already taking steps over the weekend. YMCA President and CEO Jorge Perez announced a plan to close fitness centers in an effort to help working families and hospital workers.

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is asking daycare centers statewide to close by Friday. The governor said there will be exceptions for healthcare workers and first responders. Beshear says the state is preparing plan to offer child care for healthcare workers, but has not shared details of that plan.

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John Minchillo / AP

Late Monday night, Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine announced that polls would be closed as a "health emergency" because of concerns about the coronavirus. 

UC Health

On Tuesday, UC Health opened a new drive-through screening and testing clinic on its Clifton campus. Testing for the coronavirus will be available by appointment by a doctor's order or by calling ahead.

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Two Democratic candidates are looking to unseat Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters in the fall. Former federal prosecutor Gabe Davis announced his candidacy in June and former Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Fanon Rucker joined the race in October.

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Amanda Lee Myers, AP; Courtesy of Charmaine McGuffey

Cincinnati Edition speaks with Sheriff Jim Neil and challenger Charmaine McGuffey about their backgrounds, qualifications and priorities for the position of Hamilton County sheriff.

They will face off against each other in the Democratic primary for the office on March 17.

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Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

Three women are vying to represent the Democratic Party in November's Hamilton County Commission race, hoping to claim the seat previously held by fellow Democrat Todd Portune, who died in January.

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Courtesy of Kate Schroder and Nikki Foster

Two Democratic candidates want to challenge Republican Steve Chabot in November. Nikki Foster and Kate Schroder will face off in the March 17 primary for the First Congressional District, which covers western Hamilton County and all of Warren County. The two candidates agree on many issues.

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Prohibition took away legal alcohol in America, but brought with it opportunity for clever criminals, including George Remus, who built his bourbon empire with feet on both sides of the Ohio River. He lived in a grand mansion in Price Hill, and later died in the care of a nurse in Covington.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Tamaya Dennard is now a former member of Cincinnati City Council, stepping down this week three-fourths of the way through her first term, amid federal charges that allege the political rookie engaged in the sale of votes.

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Andrew Harnik / AP

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health are holding a summit with local health officials to discuss coronavirus preparedness. This comes as the state is monitoring 212 recent travelers for possible symptoms of COVID-19 and one person is under investigation for the possible illness.

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