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.

Ways to Connect

In an election season marked by rancor and divisiveness, the Northern Kentucky Forum at Northern Kentucky University is hosting community conversations at local libraries about health care, immigration and the economy in order to encourage participants to find common ground despite philosophical and political differences.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with author Don Bentley about his new book, Without Sanctionand how his real life experiences flying Apache helicopters in Afghanistan, being awarded a Bronze Star, and working for FBI intelligence helped inspire the fictional story.

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About four years ago, Chuck Patton sold the advertising company he founded and then went searching for his next opportunity.

On a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, the Fort Thomas native who now lives in Louisville, found it.

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The former Apple Street Market in Northside will soon be renovated to offer 57 affordable housing units, with a goal of providing living opportunities to LGBTQ seniors, or people age 55 or older.

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Cincinnati Edition takes a look at Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry competition where high school students compete by reciting poetry that showcases their public performance, memorization and recitation skills.

Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore has led his Northern Kentucky county through unprecedented growth. It is one of the fastest-growing counties in all of Kentucky.

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It was a major project undertaken by the city of Cincinnati as part of the urban renewal trend of the mid-20th century.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with New York Times bestselling author Adam Cohen about his new book, Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America, which explores how the court's rulings contributed to inequality in the U.S.

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Cincinnati City Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard was arrested this week on federal charges that allege she accept payment in exchange for votes related to riverfront development. Some local leaders are calling for her resignation.

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Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, is increasing his lead in the Democratic presidential race to defeat President Donald Trump. Cincinnati Edition welcomes three political junkies to weigh in on the rise of the self-professed Democratic socialist. 

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Amid the cries of "fake news" and the clear evidence of disinformation campaigns, how to you know which sources to trust for information? Local journalists discuss how they earn trust among the public in a community conversation at Xavier University.

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In a property adjacent to the Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford, Ohio, sits Raptor Inc., a nonprofit organization run mostly by volunteers that is dedicated to treating, rehabilitating and releasing back into the wild hundreds of formerly injured birds of prey.

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with WCPO reporter Pat LaFleur, Former Cincinnati City Councilman Kevin Flynn, Lisa Aulick, Access paratransit director for Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority and Ran's cab manager and owner, Inisha Bazel about access to local transit and a city law that mandates public taxis with more than 10 vehicles in their fleet to retrofit at least one van to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Yes, current polls suggest that this year's presidential election could come down to two septuagenarians in Republican President Donald J. Trump and independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who currently leads the race for the Democratic nomination.

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They are photos taken on some of the worst days of people's lives. Mugshots can have life far beyond an arrest. They can follow a person indefinitely online, long after jail time is served or charges are dropped. Some argue mugshots undermine the presumption of innocence and disproportionately impact people of color.

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In 2017, Ohio had the second highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the U.S. with more that 4,293 reported deaths that year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

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Ron Jans is out as head coach of FC Cincinnati following an internal investigation related to the use of racial slurs.

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Could maternity and childlessness share a common bond? Two local authors explore how these roles in our society may be changing in tandem. How can the past inform our present knowledge of living with, and without, children?

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The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky is looking at possibly consolidating or cutting a number of routes, a pending decision that has some in the region concerned about how they will get to work or school.

Cincinnati Public Schools

Schools began implementing safety drills after the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 and the practice has been growing. Now, a report released by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund is calling for changes, arguing these drills cause trauma to students and teachers.

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