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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There is no uniform policy for police pursuits across Hamilton County. Some police chiefs, including Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, support establishing a uniform police vehicle pursuit policy for the region. A recent symposium of 44 law enforcement agencies in the county convened to discuss pursuit policy.


Last week, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley addressed the topic of police reform in the city by introducing the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Police Reform and Racial Justice report. The report includes policy directives for cities and police departments. At the same time, the mayor is calling for more funding for police to combat gun violence.


Cincinnati City Council Member Chris Seelbach is moving forward with legislation to ban single-use plastic bags by retailers. Seelbach shelved the ordinance at the beginning of the pandemic. Now we could see a vote by mid-September with one revision to the proposal. 

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Like many industries, nonprofits are feeling the economic pinch caused by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But beyond money woes, local organizations are also working to let potential volunteers and board members know there are safe ways to join up.

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WVXU's weekend schedule is changing. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., you can hear Bullseye with host Jesse Thorn. The pop-culture radio show presents in-depth interviews and irreverent original comedy.

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This week on Cincinnati Edition's Friday news review:

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In response to the state of the nation, Cincinnati Public Schools wants to be the first district in Ohio to adopt what it calls an anti-racism policy, focusing on how racism affects its Black students and staff. The draft policy aims to eliminate all forms of racism from the district.

As the protests against racial injustice began spreading across the nation this summer, Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell wanted to give young people the opportunity to share their experience surrounding inequality and empower them to create change.


Former Congressman Steve Driehaus is leaving Cincinnati for Iraq. As resident senior director for the National Democratic Institute, Driehaus will live in Erbil, Kurdistan, and work on democratization, election fairness, political party building and empowering women in politics.


With the global pandemic has come a widespread demand. Pet adoptions have soared under coronavirus and, in particular, sales of dogs are booming. Shelters, rescues, breeders and pet stores have all reported more demand for dogs and puppies than they can fill.


A local woman is killed by a car in a crosswalk on one of Cincinnati's busy streets. Now her friend is mourning her loss and calling for attention from the city about a stretch of road she sees as dangerous and deadly.

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Coronavirus cases among children are increasing according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. A new study by the ADA finds cases have increased at a faster rate among children and teenagers than among the general public.

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Kenton County Family Court Judge Dawn Gentry was removed from the bench following a unanimous vote by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission.


Nearly 46,200 public school students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have no internet access at home, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But that number is changing for the better, due in part to the pandemic.

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A handyman says he was shot while trying to break up a party at an Airbnb in Cincinnati's Pendleton neighborhood on Aug. 16. The man who rented the Airbnb has come forward to say it was the handyman who fired a gun first, but the handyman's family denied he fired his gun and police agree there's no evidence of that.

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On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review Friday at noon:

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President Trump will deliver his remarks on Thursday night to conclude the Republican National Convention and to accept the party's renomination.


A patient in Cincinnati has now received the first dose in a clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine. Clinicians at UC Health and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine administered the first dose to Jarelle Marshall, an IT professional who lives in Cincinnati. Before UC's trial, New Horizons Clinical Research in Blue Ash began a trial of the Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine in July.

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The pumpkin spice latte is back on menus at Starbucks, earlier than ever. But after a hot start to this week, for many it's a pleasant reminder that autumn isn't far behind. So, what does the change in season portend for your garden, your landscape, your outdoor goals?


Change is coming for an agency that is underfunded, understaffed and facing a major backlog of cases. The Citizen Complaint Authority, which pushes for police reforms in the city of Cincinnati, is getting a new leader.