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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Michael Monks / The River City News

In June, the Dayton, Ky., city council heard a first reading of what is commonly referred to as a fairness, or human rights, ordinance, and the issue will receive a final reading and official vote next Tuesday. If adopted, the small river city would become the 12th in Kentucky to expand its protections in cases of housing, employment, and other areas to people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval is taking new measures to guard against fake court documents. The move comes after a CBS News investigation revealed forged court orders claiming to be from Hamilton County. The fake orders were tied to reputation management companies that are paid to remove bad reviews from Google search results.

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Nicole Hughes says she had just split a brownie with her 3-year-old son Levi and was beginning to clean up after dinner when Levi snuck away. He slipped down to a pool at the family's vacation home. When Hughes looked outside, she just happened to glance over the balcony and saw him. She had not even finished her bite of the brownie when she jumped in the water after him. That's how fast it all happened. Levi did not survive.

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Courtesy Tessa Clark

Fashion designer Tessa Clark is home from New York after competing on season 17 of Project Runway. Clark made it all the way to the final five on the Bravo channel's fashion competition. Now the newly minted reality star returns to her passions, as the founder and creative director of her clothing line, Grind and Glaze. She also returns to a city buzzing with design talent.

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Courtesy of The River City News

Young men from Covington answered the call when the Vietnam War draft reached them.

"These were boys from Holy Cross, Holmes, Covington Catholic, and Covington Latin," said Chuck Wills, who served in the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry during the fighting.

More than 30 men from Covington died in the war.

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When older adults reach retirement age, for some, it may also be time to search for a geriatrician. Doctors in this field specialize in treating senior citizens, but at a time when the aging population is growing, the number of geriatricians may not be able to keep pace.

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A 2017 survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam found the average office employee spends 56 minutes per day using their cell phone during work hours for non-work activity, adding up to just under five hours a week of lost productivity, per employee.

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The lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann against the Washington Post was dismissed Friday by U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky William Bertelsman.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Former Judge Tracie Hunter was dragged out of a courtroom this week after being sentenced to jail. Her sentencing sparked shouts in the courtroom, protests in front of two other judges' homes, and community-wide discussion and commentary about the state of race relations in Cincinnati.

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Alex Brandon / AP

Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees about the finding in his investigation of Russian interference in our elections and President Trump. 

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The River City News

Recent gatherings of motorcyclists who may even be racing across the Taylor Southgate Bridge are starting to annoy guests at the Hampton Inn along Newport's riverfront.

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Wikimedia Commons

While we'll experience relatively cooler temperatures over the next several days, this summer's intense heat and frequent downpours have made gardening a real challenge. The extreme weather has been great for weeds and insects, but it's been hard on trees and plants, many of which are now showing signs of severe stress.

Michael Keating / WVXU

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport officials briefed a group of state legislators Friday on road improvements needed to support a $1.5 billion freight hub Amazon is building at the airfield.

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Courtesy of The River City News

Changes are coming to senior centers in Northern Kentucky.

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Paul Vernon / AP

Last Thursday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the state's two-year operating budget, 17 days after the deadline and hours after a temporary budget expired. DeWine vetoed 25 line items before signing the $69 billion budget.


Disasters happen all the time. We've seen enough hurricanes, wildfires, famines, destabilized governments and citizens in revolt in the 24-hour news cycle to know chaos is everywhere. But do we expect it on our doorstep? Maybe we should.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

A 23-year-old woman is recovering after she was shot by a police officer in East Price Hill. The woman was armed with a knife and trying to force her way into an apartment when the officer shot her in the leg. While Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has declined to prosecute the officer, the incident may highlight a growing need in the Cincinnati Police Department for more officers on patrol.

Campbell County Conservation District
Courtesy Campbell County Conservation District

The Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour returns on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twelve farms in the county will be open to guests who will see what life is like for local farmers and how they make their products.

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Julie Bennett / AP

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters on Monday that President Donald Trump is a racist. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones disagrees.

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Courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Fifty years ago this month, the world watched as the Apollo 11 lunar module, nicknamed the "Eagle," landed on the moon and Commander Neil Armstrong and Col. Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin stepped onto the surface of the moon.