Tana Weingartner

Senior Editor / Reporter

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 Nov. 19

Hamilton County commissioners approved the following CARES Act adjustments on Nov. 19.

Hamilton County has about $10-12 million left to spend by the end of the year from its federal CARES Act allotment. It may use some of that to give an extra injection of funding to help cover COVID-19 related costs.

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Two Cincinnati council members are proposing legislation aimed at addressing corruption at City Hall. Council members Betsy Sundermann and Greg Landsman introduced their proposals just an hour apart Monday morning.

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Updated Saturday Nov. 14 at 8:20 p.m.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says, in consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard, that the Ohio River beneath the Brent Spence Bridge is re-open Saturday night following Friday's closure. That was done as a precaution at the request of inspectors who wished to see the results of lab testing on the bridge's steel.


The Brent Spence Bridge is quiet Thursday as it remains closed following a Wednesday morning crash and fire that burned intensely at extreme temperatures. The span, which carries more than 160,000 vehicles - twice its intended load - is expected to stay shut down for weeks and possibly longer.

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Aaron Doster / AP

The Cincinnati Reds' Trevor Bauer is the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner. Bauer is the first-ever Cincinnati Reds player to earn the title.

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Updated: 6:52 p.m.

A fiery crash involving two semi trucks has forced the closure of the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Covington to Cincinnati via I-71/75, in both directions. One of the trucks was carrying a chemical called potassium hydroxide which investigators believe contributed to the heat and duration of the fire.

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Updated Nov. 19

Budget hearings are set for Dec. 3 at 1:15 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Both will be held virtually.

Hamilton County commissioners are reviewing the 2021 proposed budget. County administrators outlined the proposal Tuesday.

Courtesy of Cincinnati Children's

Cincinnati Children's isn't going to let the coronavirus play Grinch this upcoming holiday season. The hospital is asking people who would normally drop off toys for patients to choose from pre-made gift packages.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Hamilton County is looking at ways to boost messaging about COVID-19 precautions as infection numbers remain high.

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Jessica Hill / AP

Cincinnati Children's is looking for around 500 people to participate in a Phase 3 clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine in development by AstraZeneca.

Courtesy of the candidates

The Hamilton County Board of Commission remains in Democratic hands after Tuesday's unofficial vote totals.

Colleen Kelley / UC Creative + Brand

A UC cardiologist is teaming with researchers in Missouri and Georgia to create a smartphone app providing COVID-19 information and education tailored to Black communities.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Whether we're "falling back" or "springing forward," anyone with children or pets - or frankly, a well-tuned internal clock - will tell you, that first day is usually a doozie. It even has a name: "social jet lag." The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) says it's time to put daylight saving time to bed.

Photo by Yuting Gao from Pexels

Ghouls, ghosts, and gobs of questions are haunting parents and guardians this Halloween. Some people are firmly in their two camps - "Yes, my kid is going trick-or-treating" or "Nope, it's not safe." Others still have questions as they try to make the best decisions for their families.

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Ronny Salerno / WVXU

Tri-State business leaders say they're continuing to take measures to ensure their employees and customers are safe during the pandemic. A handful gathered online Tuesday to outline steps they're taking to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Courtesy of LADD

Four roommates are settling into their new home in Anderson Township and are excited about the prospect of having a greater level of autonomy. The "smart home" is a pilot in LADD's new Smart Living "Forever, Home" initiative to give people living with disabilities the chance to live independently while still receiving necessary supports and services.

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

Vice President Mike Pence spent just shy of an hour addressing supporters during a campaign event in a hangar at Lunken Airport Wednesday evening. The crowd, clad in red Make America Great Again caps and patriotic clothing, cheered and rose to their feet as he talked about the Trump administration's record on the economy, energy policies, supporting military and law enforcement, filling judiciary seats - including on the Supreme Court - and health care.

Courtesy of Mikki Schaffner

Two more arts organizations are going dark for the remainder of the year because of the pandemic. Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company are canceling their holiday productions and postponing mainstage productions until fall of 2021.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The soil and water conservation districts in Ohio's three largest counties are coming together this week for an annual meeting. It's the first time the districts in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland have held their meetings jointly.

NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

A NASA mission begun in 2016 is finally about to reach its goal: touching down on an asteroid.

Stephanie Eldred / Courtesy of YPCC

Arts organizations, especially choruses, are looking for unique ways to safely create as the pandemic continues. Some 80 members of the Young Professionals Choral Collective will present their first live concert Friday in a far from usual manner.

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

Courtesy of Cincinnati Museum Center

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.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

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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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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.

Noah Hawes / Courtesy of Elementz

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.

Courtesy of Kings Island

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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Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

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.