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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Updated 12 p.m.

The oldest living animal ever born at the Cincinnati Zoo turned 50 Friday. "Samantha" is the sixth oldest of the more than 360 gorillas in North America.

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Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank is getting a new crop of volunteers: inmates from the Hamilton County Justice Center. Under a partnership, female inmates can get their sentences reduced by participating in work details with the diaper bank.

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Updated 3:15 p.m.

The Butler County Health Department says two Miami University students are being monitored for the coronavirus. The students had recently traveled to China.

Courtesy of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is commemorating this year's 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with an exhibit documenting Ohio's role in the women's suffrage movement.


Miami University plans to eliminate 40 staff jobs in July.

Courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Despite high hopes based on her denning behaviors, the Cincinnati Zoo confirmed early this month the polar bear named "Anana" is not pregnant. Now, the agency that oversees the polar bear Species Survival Plan is recommending a new mate.

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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Updated: 3:44 p.m.

When you're the darling of Cincinnati a simple sheet cake just won't do. Fiona the hippo turns three on Friday and she celebrated a day early with a tiered confection combining all her favorite treats.

Ron Pack

When it comes to a particular type of stroke, new research suggests younger black or Latino people may experience better outcomes than whites.

Courtesy of Norwood City Schools

A Norwood Middle School teacher is in the running to be named the 2020 Teacher of the Year. Leila Kubesch was named Ohio's Teacher of the Year in October, putting her in the running for the national title bestowed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

Courtesy of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

It was a bit of a whim. Then a senior in high school, Serena Pisacano was in full college scholarship application mode when she remembered the deadline for applying to be featured on a Girl Scout cookie box. She dashed off her forms and three months later, learned she'd been selected.

Robert White / Courtesy of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati

A newly released survey of Greater Cincinnati's Jewish community indicates the population is stable. The study, conducted in 2019, provides an update from the last one in 2008.

Wesley Farnsworth / U.S. Air Force

The head of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been relieved of his duties.

Courtesy of Twitter.

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman says he will not run for mayor in 2021.

MUNAE, Guatemala / Courtesy of Cincinnati Museum Center

An exhibit exploring the daily lives, religion, politics and sophistication of the Maya civilization is coming to the Cincinnati Museum Center March 14.

Image by Bru-nO from Pixabay

You should be familiar with yellow and white lane markings directing motorists. While driving on a recent rainy night, WVXU's Tana Weingartner noticed she was having trouble seeing those lines. She started looking into the problem and quickly found she's not the only one, and it's not just a Tri-State problem.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding Cincinnati nearly $365,000 in grants to support area HUD programs.

Courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

A white lion famously donated to the Cincinnati Zoo by magicians Siegfried & Roy has died. The zoo says the lion named "Prosperity" was "humanely euthanized" Monday.

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Cincinnati Council may consider a proposal to change the name of a street just south of the University of Cincinnati's campus that carries the name of an enslaver. A council committee discussed the idea and the full council could take up the issue Wednesday.

Courtesy of National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Ohio reported more than 400 cases of human trafficking in 2018. An exhibit opening at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Human Trafficking Awareness Day this Jan. 11 aims to bring awareness to the issue and spark people to take action.


Editor's note: This story first ran in April 2018. We are republishing it now because chances are you may see a sign while driving this holiday weekend that reads "Don't Drive Sauced, Leave It To The Cranberries," or "Visiting In-Laws? Slow Down Get There Late." The aim? To make you chuckle, yes, but also to drive safe. 

Glance at an electric overhead highway sign board this weekend in Ohio and you'll likely see an amusing message encouraging you not to text and drive.

"Texting and driving is not 'wreck-amended'" will run in honor of National Distracted Driving Month this April, though it won't be the first time the state's signs have gotten a little clever.