Tana Weingartner

Reporter / Digital Journalist

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.

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Families will gather online this year to mark Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on Oct. 15.

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The Duke Energy holiday trains are returning for their 74th season but there will be COVID-safe changes to the Cincinnati Museum Center's annual Holiday Junction.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is asking City Council to endorse the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Report on Police Reform and Racial Justice, adding the city already does much of what the report recommends.

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Editor's note: Famed wildlife artist John Ruthven has died. Known as the the "20th Century Audubon" for his depictions of birds, wildlife and flora, Ruthven died Sunday, Oct. 11. He was 95.

Some of Ruthven's works are currently on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center as part of the exhibit In the Audubon Tradition: Birds of A Feather. In this piece from 2019, he spoke with WVXU's Tana Weingartner after receiving a conservation award from Great Parks of Hamilton County.


Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams is resigning. The team says in a statement he is leaving to "pursue personal interests outside baseball," namely, a position with his family's company, North American Properties.

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A virtual exhibit hosted by Elementz explores the effect of COVID-19 on Cincinnati's inner-city youth and their families. COVIsion-19 runs Oct. 2 through Nov. 3.

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Kings Island bid adieu to Vortex at the end of the 2019 season. Now, the park is selling portions of the track.

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The second phase of a study to determine the economic impact of Black-owned businesses in the Tri-State is about to begin. The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce and the UC Economics Center are working together on this first of its kind review.

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Ah, fall, the season of pumpkins, falling leaves and crisp, cool breezes. But it's those cold winds that have restaurant and bar owners worriedly eyeing their calendars and seating arrangements.

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It's considered a significant Modernist structure and one of the nation's first modern hotels built after World War II. Now it's on a significant list, too.

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People of faith continue to find new ways to worship during the COVID-19 pandemic, from outdoor, socially distant gatherings to online services and sermons on CD. Many in Cincinnati's Jewish community will mark the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur differently this year.

"We know one thing," says Shep Englander, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, "they will not look anything like they've looked ever before."

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In 1853, 28 people made their escape along the Underground Railroad, making their way from Boone County, Kentucky, through College Hill and neighboring communities on their way to freedom in Canada. An outdoor pop-up exhibit seeks to tell their story in tandem with a look at current anti-racism activism.

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A manatee named "Truffleshuffle" returns to his native waters in Florida soon after undergoing rehabilitation at the Cincinnati Zoo. Truffleshuffle became the 20th manatee to be rehabilitated by the zoo's Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) when he arrived in 2019.

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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops will digitally stream the remainder of the 2020 season. Program details and dates were announced Monday.

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The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati says the number of local families experiencing homelessness is up during the pandemic, and getting people into permanent housing hasn't been easy. Part of the agency's model is for religious groups to temporarily house IHNGN clients in their places of worship, but COVID-19 has halted that.

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Hamilton County doesn't formally recognize Columbus Day with a paid holiday on the second Monday in October. However, some collective bargaining units and some of the courts do.

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Lincoln Heights is celebrating the community's 74th anniversary on Labor Day by dedicating a new mural. "Black Excellence in Zone 15" is an 80-foot-long timeline history of the neighborhood and its notable residents, including The Isley Brothers, Olympians William Hubbard and Mae Faggs Starr, poet Nikki Giovanni, and more.

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As more local school districts return to classrooms - in-person and virtually - experiences are varied. Most agree the situation isn't ideal, and there are both success stories and extreme challenges. WVXU reached out to a few families to see how the first days and weeks are going.

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Arts, cultural and live events were some of the first industries shut down by the pandemic and most remain closed or extremely limited, meaning hundreds of thousands of Ohioans are unemployed or underemployed.

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Joining similar agencies around the country, including in Hamilton County, Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky (SD1) is now testing local wastewater for the presence of the coronavirus.

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When Mayor John Cranley announced there would be no Riverfest in 2020 because of the pandemic, he hinted organizers of another major Cincinnati event, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, were rethinking the annual festival. The event will go forward; here's how:

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The Butler County General Health District (BCGHD) says the number of positive COVID-19 cases at Miami University continues to increase. The health department reports 125 positive cases have been reported since Aug. 17, and at least 100 tests were still pending as of Wednesday afternoon.

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The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) begins installation next week on Intersection Conflict Warning Systems (ICWS) across the state. The simple systems are designed to increase awareness of other vehicles at upcoming intersections and reduce wrecks.

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Updated Aug. 26 at 4:50 p.m.

The University of Cincinnati and UC Health report the first dose in its clinical trial of a possible COVID-19 vaccine has been administered. The first dose in the Moderna mRNA-1273 study in the Cincinnati area was administered by New Horizons Clinical Research in Blue Ash in July.

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A well-known Cincinnati pizza family is celebrating its patriarch's birthday by launching a foundation. The LaRosas are creating the LaRosa Family Foundation in honor of Buddy LaRosa's 90th birthday.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a brief appearance in Covington Monday to talk about the federal CARES Act passed earlier this year to provide economic assistance during the pandemic.

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Neighborhoods United Friday presented its plan for reducing gun violence in Cincinnati. The group says the 45-page document includes tangible steps for increasing neighborhood safety and stability, crafted from meetings with neighborhood and community members.


A study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati finds energy efficiency disparities in Cincinnati's multifamily housing stock. The city of Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability will use the findings to inform policy.

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When Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) accepts the Democratic vice presidential nomination Wednesday night, she becomes the first graduate of a historically Black college or university (HBCU) to join a major party ticket. That's a point of pride for many HBCUs, their students and alumni.

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When Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) accepted the Democratic vice presidential nomination Wednesday night, she became the first graduate of a historically Black college or university (HBCU) to join a major party ticket. That's a point of pride for many HBCUs, their students and alumni.