Howard Wilkinson

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Al Behrman / AP

Seven years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, a 29-year-old utility player from Indiana named Chuck Harmon became the first African-American to play for the Cincinnati Reds.

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How's this for bad campaign optics?

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman's unsual release of an audio recording of his late wife Pamela accusing her husband's rival, Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld, of mocking her cancer - an accusation not borne out by the facts. Was this just a political ploy by Smitherman, who, like Sittenfeld, wants to be the city's next mayor?

Bob Castellini
David Kohl / AP

When you have been a reporter as long as I have, you have been assigned to countless boring stories in hundreds of dreary places, where, try as you might, it is a herculean task to come up with a tale that anyone but the chronically bored would read.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the somewhat unexpected decision of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to not run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Even though Brown won't be a candidate, his "dignity of work" theme may have a major influence on the race. And don't count Brown out as a potential running mate for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

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Will White looked like a mild-mannered bank teller, but he was, in fact, the fiercest, nastiest and most durable pitcher the fledgling Cincinnati Reds had in the 1870s and 1880s.

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Alex Brandon / AP

Rob Portman, Ohio's junior senator – who doesn’t have to worry about running for re-election until 2022 – is really hard to figure out sometimes.

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Scott Andrews / AP

So many events, so many sights, so many experiences, have stayed with me over my 45 years as a reporter.

But none so much as what I saw as the mid-day sun hung over the U.S. Capitol on an extremely cold January morning in Washington, D.C.

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Evan Vucci / AP

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam as the president's former long-time attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen testifies about his association with Trump to the House oversight committee.

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WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the possibility of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of northeast Ohio, a centrist Democrat, running for the Democratic presidential nomination. His campaign theme is that Democrats can't succeed by being hostile to business. If you think Sen. Sherrod Brown, who has been traveling in the early caucus and primary states, is a long shot for the nomination, Ryan is even more so. There hasn't been a president elected directly out of the U.S. House since Ohio's James Garfield in 1880.

1869 red stockings
Courtesy of The Baseball Hall of Fame

Chances are, if you are a Cincinnatian, you have stood on the very ground where the 1869 Red Stockings – the first openly professional baseball club – played its home games.

And you probably didn't even know it.

tommy thrall
Bill Violona / Courtesy Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Sports broadcaster Tommy Thrall has been the voice of the Reds' Pensacola Blue Wahoos AA team for the last seven years. This month, he begins announcing games for the Reds with Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley.

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John Minchillo / AP

If Sandusky, Ohio, blazes a trail, does Cincinnati follow?

We may soon find out.

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If I never set foot in Ann Arbor, Michigan, again, it will be too soon.

tim burke alex triantafilou
Courtesy of Burke and Triantafilou

Two guys, Tim and Alex, who would fuss and fight with each other on the Hamilton County Board of Elections every once in a while (OK, quite a bit) knew how to put their partisan differences aside at the end of the day.

Unheard of in this age of uncivil talk and smart aleck tweets in politics.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about Gov. Mike DeWine's campaign pledge to have a cabinet and department directors "who look like Ohio." So, far he has followed through, appointing a record number of women and African-Americans to top jobs in his administration.

sherrod brown
Courtesy of the Office of Sherrod Brown

Last November, Sherrod Brown of Ohio was elected to his third term in the U.S. Senate. The Democrat served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district from 1993 to 2007. Brown started his political career as an Ohio state representative in 1974.

rob portman
John Minchillo / AP

Ordinarily, a U.S. senator endorsing the president of his own party for re-election would be nothing out of the ordinary.

That's what you would expect the senator to do, right? Under ordinary circumstances, that is.

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I had journalism on my mind at a very early age.

In fact, with my neighborhood buddy Mike Wehmeyer, I was the editor and publisher of a newspaper at the age of 13. Well, sort of a newspaper.

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I suppose this debate over whether Ohio is a red state, a purple state, or blue state with a very faint pulse is going to go on for quite a while.

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