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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Former Congressman Driehaus Will Lead Peace Corps in Morocco

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Peace Corps

Former congressman Steve Driehaus of Price Hill, who has spent the past four years with the Peace Corps in Swaziland, is moving to Morocco to head the agency's efforts there.

Driehaus made the announcement Friday on his Facebook page.

After four years of fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Swaziland in southern Africa, Driehaus says he, his wife and children will move to Rabat, the Moroccan capital on the north coast of the African continent.

On Facebook, Driehaus says he is proud to work for “a U.S. government agency that represents the racial, religious and ethnic diversity that is the United States.”

“In a world too often fueled by intolerance, the Peace Corps continues to be the face of America to millions of people in developing countries,” Driehaus said.

“Morocco, a Muslim country, is proud to have been the first country to recognize the United States in 1777,’’ Driehaus said.

Driehaus, a former state representative, spent one term in Congress, representing Ohio's 1st Congressional District. He defeated Republican incumbent Steve Chabot in 2008, but Chabot came back and won the seat back in 2010. Shortly after the loss, Driehaus went to work for the Peace Corps.

Howard Wilkinson is in his 50th year of covering politics on the local, state and national levels.