Best Of 2019

Best News from Public Radio: Michael Monks

Loyal National Public Radio listeners in Cincinnati are hearing a new voice during their lunch hour — one with a broad knowledge of the Greater Cincinnati region. Longtime news hound Michael Monks grabbed the prestigious gig hosting Cincinnati Edition on WVXU from noon to 1 p.m. on weekdays this year. Monks took the reins for the role from esteemed Cincinnati expert Dan Hurley, who stepped in as interim host when the show’s last permanent host, Mark Heyne, left to pursue other opportunities. As the founding publisher, editor and reporter of Northern Kentucky news website River City News and an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Monks brings a wide-ranging sensibility to a show that has at times been tightly focused on city issues. Monks’ broader scope has been apparent from his very first show: an exploration of the divides — and opportunities for collaboration — between both sides of the Ohio River. WVXU, wvxu.org.