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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On the morning of September 6, 2018, a gunman entered the Fifth Third Center near Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati and opened fire. Three people were killed, and Whitney Austin was one of two people injured before police quickly shot and killed the suspect. She was hit 12 times while trapped in a revolving door to the lobby of the Fifth Third tower.

cincinnati indian film festival
Courtesy of the Indian Film Festival

Twenty films will make up this year’s Indian Film Festival, running Sept. 5-14 at various locations around Cincinnati. The only Indian film festival in Ohio, it is organized and hosted by the India Sister Cities in collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum.

the point Zembrodt Education Center
Courtesy of The Point

For decades, The Point/ARC has assisted local individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities. By connecting these individuals to educational, residential, social and vocational opportunities, The Point is helping them to reach their highest potential.

news literacy project
Courtest of the New Literacy Project

With a barrage of "fake news" filling our social feeds and impacting our elections, Scripps is teaming up with the News Literacy Project to help younger news consumers distinguish fact from fiction.

ohio river swim
Courtesy of the Great Ohio River Swim

The Bill Keating, Jr. Great Ohio River Swim – the only open water swim to cross the Ohio and back – takes place Sunday, Sept. 22. It's a rare opportunity for a swim across the river under controlled conditions. The Ohio will be closed to all barge and power boat traffic during the event.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Courtesy of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House fall discussion series returns with four all-new sessions, beginning Wednesday evening with a look at two works Stowe researched as she was writing Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Richard Drew / AP

A family in Ohio filed a civil lawsuit against the Institute for Reproductive Health, Ovation Fertility Cincinnati, and the Christ Hospital Health Network, alleging that another man's sperm was used 20 years ago in in vitro fertilization. The local family believes they learned of this after getting the results of a recent DNA test.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Parents call on the Cincinnati Public Schools district to reform its bus system after a series of problems results in students not getting picked up, being dropped off at the wrong stops, and parents frantically trying to find their kids when they didn't come home on time. 

donald trump g7 summit
Markus Schreiber / AP

President Donald Trump clashes with other world leaders at the G-7 summit and considers inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to the next summit. And suggests his Florida golf resort would be a great place to hold the meeting next year. 

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Courtesty of OneSight

One in seven people worldwide lacks access to vision care, and one in four children in the U.S. has an undiagnosed vision problem.

active shooter drill
Michael Monks / The River City News

Preparing for the arrival of an active shooter is now seemingly as common on school campuses as tornado or fire drills. So far in 2019, there have been roughly two dozen shootings at schools in which someone was hurt or killed. But America’s propensity for mass violence extends beyond campuses. Workplaces are also targeted and therefore, more employees are being trained on what to do should tragedy clock in.

John Kiesewetter / WVXU

Author J.D. Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Elegy explored life in his hometown of Middletown and the lives of his Kentucky relatives in Appalachia. The wildly successful book is now being made into a movie, and while much of it will be filmed outside the area, Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard has done some work for the picture in the Butler County city.

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Public Domain

The bloody family feud between the McCoys of Kentucky and the Hatfields of West Virginia spanned generations and left more than a dozen of their kinfolk dead. The story has been explored countless times in news accounts, books, magazines, stage plays and TV and film productions. Notably, a History Channel miniseries on the feud was highly acclaimed. Now, the Hatfields & McCoys return to the screen in the next installment of PBS's American Experience anthology series. 

ohio lesbian archives
Courtesy of Ohio Lesbian Archives

In the basement of the Clifton United Methodist Church, one finds the Ohio Lesbian Archives, one of just a few such collections of female-centric LGBTQ historical items.

greg hand
Courtesy of Greg Hand

Cincinnati's lion slayer, the dog catcher and the best Cincinnati artist you've never heard of. These are some of the characters Greg Hand brings back to life when he's writing wild and bizarre tales of our city's past.

cyber security

Twenty-two cities in Texas. Baltimore. Atlanta. All hit by sizable ransomware attacks. One of the newer online threats results in computer systems – some including critical government data and programs – being locked up and unusable until the municipality, or business or individual pays off the attacker. But there are ways to be safe.

fairfield avenue bellevue
Courtesy of The River City News

Bellevue city council is considering the adoption of an ordinance to designate the entirety of Fairfield Avenue as an entertainment district.

The designation allows for the sale of alcoholic beverages within the common areas of the entertainment district, and also allows for patrons at one spot to leave, drink in hand, and walk outdoors with the drink.

cindependent film festival
Courtesy of the Cindependent Film Festival

Cincinnati celebrates independent film this August in Over-the-Rhine. The Cindependent Film Festival returns for a second year with more than a 100 films from around the world showcasing at the Woodward Theatre. The three-day event, Aug. 29-31, also features live screenplay readings, musical performances and after-parties.

hardface movie

A feature-length documentary about amateur boxing filmed in Cincinnati is getting recognized. Hardface premiered at the Cindependent Film Festival in 2018 and was awarded Best of the Fest. This year it will serve as a run-up to the festival, which runs Aug. 29-31.

covington oktoberfest
Courtesy of The River City News

Covington's Mainstrasse Village has been home to the city's largest annual festivals for decades.

But last September, poor weather and a series of other troubles faced by the Mainstrasse Village Association, doomed the long-running festivals.