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Hear journalists and reporters share the stories behind some of Cincinnati's biggest news stories.
103 Episodes
This week on Hear Cincinnati, host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May, senior manager of enterprise/investigative Meghan Goth, and anchor/reporter Evan Millward to discuss Covington homeless shelter standards, a shortage of black educators, Macy's moving away, and more.Later, at 29:40, Brian is joined by WCPO senior reporter Larry Seward to discuss a Cincinnati Police captain who was arrested for OVI Saturday night in Loveland. Notable Links: Covington prepares to adopt new standards for homeless shelters From Peter Clark to Rodger Horton, black educators are still rare. And that needs to change. Macy's to close corporate headquarters in Cincinnati in massive restructuring FDA considers black box warning for all breast implants Police: Cincinnati police captain drove while intoxicated, swayed through sobriety test Dashcam shows Cincinnati officer's OVI arrest, husband's confrontation with police Cincinnati police captain pleads not guilty to OVI
WCPO community reporter Lucy May talks about her story on Scott Noel, who was found dead in November 2018 in downtown Cincinnati, lying face down with his trousers and underwear pulled around his knees and his clothes soaking wet.Later, WCPO I-Team reporter Craig Cheatham joins to discuss his investigation into the Social Security Administration's struggle to detect and stop fraud after learning of a Cincinnati man was caught spending his dead mother's social security checks for 27 years. Notable Links: United Way of Greater Cincinnati names Moira Weir as its new CEO How did Scott Noel die? Sister seeks answers more than a year after he was found dead Downtown As EdChoice debate drags on, Feb. 1 deadline draws ever closer Parents, teachers oppose last-minute changes to EdChoice $500k bond set for Princeton Middle security guard accused of sex crimes against students Target shopper and store clerk hailed for stopping grandparent scam Suburban mom loses $20,000 to Social Security Scam Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Jan. 30-Feb. 2 Super Bowl LIV: These Cincinnati bars are hosting watch parties Cincinnati man cashed deceased mother's social security checks for 27 years
Our panel discusses the YWCA's "Real Reads" program, the Florence Y'alls, saving The Farm, and more.Later, at 19:30, WCPO business reporter Dan Monk joins to discuss downsizing at Macy's that some analysts believe could lead to the company closing all but one local store and moving its headquarters out of Cincinnati. Notable Links: YWCA Greater Cincinnati hopes 'The Hate U Give' can start real conversations about racial divisions Florence Freedom rebrands as the Florence Y'alls, y'all The Farm, longtime West Side event center, up for auction Anonymous donor rescues The Farm from $126,000 IRS debt PD: Impairment may be a factor in Downtown crash that killed one, injured 5 Two Pendleton restaurants mourn sudden deaths this week Police: Two dead in Sycamore Township murder-suicide Pawsitively Cincinnati: The story of a man and his dog Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Jan. 23-26 Pressure to shrink: Will Macy's downsizing mean the loss of its Cincinnati headquarters?
We discuss Ohio’s Step Up To Quality child care program, gentrification in Madisonville, tax troubles for The Farm, a body found in a car fire in Blue Ash, and more.Later, at 27:40, WCPO community reporter Lucy May stays to discuss the unusual circumstances of a Northside house that sits on a section of Vandalia Avenue that is privately owned, but the owner argues it isn’t a street at all.Notable Links: Most Southwest Ohio child care providers meet Ohio quality requirements six months before deadline Is Madisonville becoming gentrified? Rising rents, taxes causing some to leave The Farm, longtime West Side event center, up for auction Cincinnati wedding venue shuts down, stranding brides Lockland School District terminates armed security guard contract amid I-Team investigation Woman's body discovered inside flaming car in restaurant parking lot Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Jan. 16-20 She bought a home for $1 on a road that might not exist. She hopes you learn from her story
Our panel discusses an exhibit of creative writing and artwork by incarcerated people, WCPO's new mug shot policy, good news for pedestrian safety, the passing of a white lion at the Cincinnati Zoo, and more.Later, WCPO reporter Paola Suro joins to discuss several high-profile Hyde Park restaurants that closed for good in 2019. Keystone Bar and Grill, Hyde Park Hitching Post and Dutch’s closed within a week of each other just before the new year. They join Cock and Bull and Teller's, which closed in mid-2019. Notable Links: Unbound: Library exhibit of creative writing, artwork brings incarcerated people out of the shadows WCPO is cutting back on the use of mug shots with crime stories Vision Zero Cincinnati: Pedestrian-involved crashes dropped in 2019, according to city data 22-year-old white lion euthanized at Cincinnati Zoo Top things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Jan. 9-12 Three Hyde Park restaurants close in less than a week
Our panel discusses a Loveland family who opened their home, NCAA pulls 2022 Cincinnati March Madness games, Santacon and more.Later, at 29:45, Brian is joined by WCPO reporter Lisa Smith to talk about Ohio House Bill 178, which would eliminate the requirement for concealed handgun licenses, if passed.Notable Links:Loveland family opens their home and their hearts to man experiencing homelessnessNCAA pulls 2022 men's basketball tournament games out of Heritage Bank CenterRelative of kidnapping, torture suspects says victim was willingTop things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Dec. 12-15Hamilton's Fretboard Public House hits all the right notes with small-batch brews and pub classicsThe Who: The Night that Changed RockWould elimination of concealed gun licenses make Ohio safer?
WCPO's I-Team reporters Craig Cheatham, Paula Christian and Dan Monk discuss a three-month investigation that discovered that the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the Diocese of Covington and some religious orders repeatedly failed to disclose the identities, whereabouts and behavior of dozens of priests and brothers accused of sexually abusing children.
This week we discuss longer school hours, a spousal rape loophole and weekend festivities.At 21:30, Brian is joined by WCPO reporters Jake Ryle and Evan Milward, who discuss their experiences reporting from the gubernatorial candidates' watch parties on election day. Ryle and Milward reflect on Democrat Andy Beshear's apparent victory and Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's request for a recanvas. Notable Links:Proposed bill would keep elementary schools open for 10 hours a dayWhen Microsoft tried a 4-day workweek in Japan, productivity jumped 40%The loophole in this law allows partners to drug, rape their spouseSome states seek to close loopholes in marital rape lawsMatt Bevin won't concede after Andy Beshear wins by less than 1% in Kentucky governor's raceDid Matt Bevin lose support in NKY because he backed tolls to fund new Brent Spence Bridge?Here are Matt Bevin's options for appealing his election loss to Andy Beshear
This week on Hear Cincinnati, host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May, senior manager of broadcast Kennan Oliphant, and senior manager of enterprise/investigative Meghan Wesley to discuss Kendi the rhino, a local mother struggling get her life back on track after an eviction, a parking squeeze near the University of Cincinnati, rumors that dealers circulating fentanyl disguised as marijuana, a $6 billion bypass proposal, and more. At 40:45, Brian is joined by WCPO anchor Kristyn Hartman and senior manager Tasha Stewart to discuss breast cancer awareness and prevention, and to tell their own "pink ribbon stories."Notable Links:Kendi is moving out of his parents' house and heading westHow the story of this young mom 'trying to make a way' shows the holes in Cincinnati's safety netHomeowners near University of Cincinnati caught in parking squeeze, want helpAre dealers circulating fentanyl disguised as marijuana? The short answer is no$6 billion for a highway bypass? Not everyone in the Tri-State thinks it's a good ideaReminder for women: Take care of yourselves all year, not just during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May discuss manatees, bearcats, a daycare jailbreak and more.Next (at 24:00), Brian is joined by WCPO reporter Kristen Swilley to talk about Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority which got an overwhelming response to its housing voucher program this year as development pushed more people out of their homes. Notable Links:Thanks to Cincinnati Zoo's rehabilitation program, two lucky manatees got to fly home to FloridaCovington seeks to raise standards for homeless shelters, but will restrictions force closures?Smart Start Childcare under investigation after three kids wandered from gated play areaBlue Ash kids' play areas vandalized with swastikas, profanityWe need you, Cincy! Help name the University of Cincinnati's new mascotSearch for affordable housing is 'scary,' few options exist for those in needAvondale tries to control growth: 'They see Over-the-Rhine and they see it coming this way'
Everything BLINK

Everything BLINK


Our panel discusses bringing growth to Lincoln Heights, the ban on discrimination based on natural hair and more topics.Next (at 11:30), host Brian Niesz is joined by reporter/anchor Evan Millward, entertainment reporter Brian Mains, transportation and development reporter Pat LaFleur and BLINK artist Jason Snell to discuss the history of BLINK, some of the many attractions, the inspiration behind the art, where to park and more details.Notable links:The Heights Movement: How five young professionals are working to bring growth to Lincoln HeightsCity Council passes ordinance that bans discrimination based on natural hairCOLUMN: Decision to 'go natural' has deeper roots for 9 On Your Side reporter Kristen SwilleyBLINK coverage:BLINK Cincinnati FAQ: What it is, when it is and how to get aroundTraveling rainbow bridge celebrates LGBTQ Cincinnati for BLINK weekendBLINK hype crashes website, sets Covington all aglow with anticipationBLINK Map: Tour some of BLINK's light projection, art installation and stage locationsBLINK: Architects of Air luminarium transforms Washington Park into dome of color, light, soundCincinnati artist Jonathan Lamb returns home to paint Elm Street BLINK muralThese funky, geometric lights will stay suspended in Downtown even after BLINK is overCatch these sounds from WCPO Lounge Acts alumni while seeing the BLINK sightsCovington BLINK mural honors Northern Kentucky philanthropist Ralph HaileNavigating BLINK 2019: Officials urge visitors to carpool or take public transit
This week on Hear Cincinnati, host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May, reporter/achor Evan Millward, and senior manager of enterprise/investigative Meghan Wesley to discuss a Cincinnati software company that is helping people with disabilities gain independence, Tracie Hunter's early release from prison, Hamilton County's large legal bills, a crash that destroyed the Ludlow-Bromley Yacht Club, and more.Later at 40:30, Brian is joined by WCPO reporter Mariel Carbone to discuss Ohio House Bill 285, which looks to establish a permanent Driver’s License Reinstatement Fee Debt Reduction Amnesty Program. The program helps to reduce or waive fees for people with low incomes.Notable Links:Cincinnati software uses smile power to give people with disabilities more independenceTracie Hunter to be released from jail Saturday — four months ahead of scheduleWho was to blame for Hamilton County's $821k legal bill last year?PD: Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club ‘total loss’ after barge crashHow this bill could change the downward spiral for people whose licenses have been suspended
Marty Brenneman signs off

Marty Brenneman signs off


Our panel discusses Mary Magdalen House, P&G's new ads on racial diversity, traffic speed cameras, new details on Blink, and more.At 39:15, Brian is then joined by WCPO sports director John Popovich to discuss Marty Brennaman and his retirement after spending 46 years as the radio voice of the Cincinnati Reds."All I had to do was walk up the street," Popovich recalled. "I would hear Marty on the front porch, next house you could hear it blaring from the back porch."Notable Links:Mary Magdalen House provides hot showers, clean clothes for people living on Cincinnati's streetsGrandparents who ended up homeless out of love for their grandson, Tank, get 'new beginning''We're doing it for the next generation': P&G ads on racial diversity continue to evolveAre traffic speed cameras about public safety ... or money?MAP: Here's what you'll see (and do) at BLINK in Cincy and Covington this yearFountain Square BLINK installation will make audience part of the showFlying Pigskin: Bengals can't complete forth-quarter comeback at Bills; lose 17-21Marty Brennaman says goodbye to Reds radio after 46 yearsMarty Brennaman: How sports world said thanks, goodbyeHall of Fame ceremonies in 2000 secured Marty Brennaman's place in Reds historyMarty Brennaman's last game brings back a flood of memories
This week on Hear Cincinnati, host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May, entertainment reporter Brian Mains, and senior manager of enterprise/investigative Meghan Wesley to discuss the GeneroCity 513 Jobs Van, Oktoberfest, house flipping scams, a new transit center coming to Northside, and more.Brian is then joined by WCPO reporter Lisa Smith to discuss what Xavier University is doing to reconcile its history after discovering that its founder, Bishop Edward Fenwick, was a slave owner.Notable Links:In its first year Jobs Van connects hundreds of panhandlers with daily work, longer-term helpOktoberfest Zinzinnati 2019: Everything you need to know before you goThis weekend's Oktoberfest Zinzinnati offers extended hours, promise for future festival growthHundreds of house flippers bilked out of investments by local firm with 'alter egos,' lawsuit saysNew transit center coming to Northside, Metro saysAs Xavier University grapples with connection to slavery, students work to reconcile past, present
This week on Hear Cincinnati, host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May, senior manager of broadcast Kennan Oliphant, and senior manager of enterprise/investigative Meghan Wesley to discuss gentrification, the Women's Interfaith Network of Cincinnati, a new plan to curb student debt, a community coming together to help get kids to school, and all the things to go this weekend.Later (at 26:20), WCPO real-time editor Abby Anstead joins to discuss the not-guilty verdict in the trial of Brooke Skylar Richardson, the former Carlisle High School cheerleader accused of killing her baby and burying it in her back yard.Notable Links:Can Cincinnati have gentrification and enough affordable housing at the same time?How these women in Mason found friendship when they learned about each other's different faithsAs country grapples with mounting student loan debt, program helps students go to college for freeWoman gets savvy in organizing carpools, solving transportation problems for local high schoolTop things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Sept. 12-14Brooke Skylar Richardson:Timeline: What happened before and after 2017 death of Carlisle newbornRichardson tells authorities she 'never meant to hurt' her newborn in interrogation videoCincinnati-area OB-GYN says Brooke Skylar Richardson's baby was stillbornDoctor: Brooke Skylar Richardson has personality disorder, said she was sexually abused as girlBrooke Skylar Richardson to authorities in 2017 interview: 'I think I killed her ... I squeezed her'Defense: Brooke Skylar Richardson was 'overcharged from the get-go' by overzealous prosecutionBrooke Skylar Richardson’s murder trial now in the hands of the juryBrooke Skylar Richardson not guilty in 2017 death of newborn daughter
We discuss success at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the complexities of the city's tax abatement program, the Brooke Skyler Richardson trial, two familiar stores disappearing from the area, and more.Later (at 37:45), nine people tell their stories of the 2018 Fifth Third shooting. We'll hear from first responders, survivors, and those who helped in the aftermath about their experiences that day.Notable Links:Concern over Cincinnati tax abatement policy could result in big changes for taxpayers, developersRichardson tells authorities she 'never meant to hurt' her newborn in interrogation videoWhat you should know as Brooke Skylar Richardson's murder trial beginsTimeline: What happened before and after 2017 death of Carlisle newbornMultiple fights force early end to Woodward vs. Withrow football gameThe Dayton Dunbar at Milford football game Friday night will be played as scheduledLast Cincinnati Sears store is closingLast two Kmarts in Cincinnati area are closingTop things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Aug. 8-11An oral history: Nine people tell the story of the 2018 Fifth Third shooting and its aftermathWatch 'Fifth Third shooting: One year later' Friday on WCPOFifth Third shooting: Authentic, caring response helped bank avoid controversy
This week on Hear Cincinnati, host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May, senior manager of broadcast Kennan Oliphant, and entertainment reporter Brian Mains to discuss a possible local child porn ring, a heartwarming follow up about a homeless family, and all the fun things to do this holiday weekend. Notable Links:How Greater Cincinnati has opened its heart to two grandparents and a boy called TankPolice: Child rape, porn investigations in Lockland, Milford may indicate 'ring'Riverfest 2019: 9 things to know before you goRiverfest 2019: Traffic restrictions and bridge closuresBLINK organizers announce 2019 projection artists, introduce must-see installationsTop things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Aug. 22-25Kiss misspells 'Cincinnati'
This week on Hear Cincinnati, host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May, senior manager of broadcast Kennan Oliphant, and senior manager of enterprise/investigative Meghan Wesley to discuss a family who sacrificed everything for their grandson, a teacher charged with rape, scammers targeting teachers and schools, P&G boosting pay for top executives, and things to do this weekend.Later (at 36:45), WCPO I-Team reporter Craig Cheatham joins to discuss the case of Pastor Geoff Drew who after being put on leave from St. Ignatius School last month was indicted on 9 counts of rape this week.Notable Links:How these grandparents ended up homeless out of love for their grandsonGrant County High School teacher charged with rape, sodomy of student, 15Kentucky AG: Fake deputy calling, scamming teachers and schoolsProcter & Gamble's return to sales growth boosts pay for top executivesTop things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Aug. 22-25St. Ignatius parents feel betrayed by Archdiocese of Cincinnati's failure to warn about priestSt. Ignatius principal says school officials were not warned about the Rev. Geoff DrewRev. Geoff Drew 'will not be returning' to St. Ignatius, will undergo assessmentButler County prosecutor: Archdiocese response to accused priest was 'absurd' and 'stupid'Archdiocese admits to failures in investigation of Rev. Geoff DrewArchdiocese of Cincinnati suspends two priests: 'It means there's a serious concern.'Rev. Geoffrey Drew pleads not guilty to 9 counts of rape; judge issues $5M bondSt. Max mom took Cincy archbishop to task about priest's 'red flags' a year before rape accusations surfaced
We discuss a new project to help Winton Hills families become self-sufficient, a mystery on the Ohio River, Cincinnati's oldest black cemetery fighting vandalism and more.Later (at 33:10), WCPO entertainment reporter Brian Mains joins to discuss Kings Island's big reveal of Orion, the parks upcoming 300-foot gigacoaster.Notable Links:New initiative called the ROC aims to help CMHA residents become self-sufficientBB Riverboats worker still missing after two-day search of Ohio RiverCrews recover body of BB Riverboats employee from Ohio RiverKroger gas surprise: new chip card readers on pumpsUnion Baptist Church needs help preserving 155-year-old cemeteryMeth use may be on the rise again in Northern Kentucky, officials sayTop things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Aug. 15-18Wild Cincy: Teen sets hiking record on Buckeye Trail days after high school graduationKings Island to announce major new ride ThursdayKings Island new coaster track ready for assemblyKings Island reveals 300-foot gigacoaster Orion to open in 2020
Our panel discusses a new program targeted toward helping Cincy's foster youth, sleep-related infant deaths and the slumlord of Sedamsville.Later (at 31:50), Brian is joined by WCPO anchor Tanya O'Rourke to discuss the recent mass shooting in Dayton's historic Oregon District and how Dayton is recovering. Notable Links:GreenLight Cincinnati and Hamilton County JFS team up to bring new program to Cincy's foster youthTwice as many babies die of sleep-related causes in Hamilton County and N.Ky. in first half of 2019Could landlord's legal issues be 'greatest thing that's happened to Sedamsville since Pete Rose?'I-Team: Legal problems escalate for Sedamsville 'slumlord'Roebling Bridge reopens to drivers, pedestrians Friday morningWrong-way driver strikes horse-drawn carriage on Central Avenue, fleesDayton Shooting:Dayton gunman killed sister, eight others in shooting rampage in Historic Oregon DistrictDayton's mayor asks 'why' after Sunday morning mass shootingFriends, families describe victims of Dayton mass shootingPresident Trump gets mixed reaction in Dayton after mass shootingBouncer who helped fleeing crowd escape Dayton gunman: 'I would’ve died before that guy came in'Will Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine get broad support for his 17-point gun proposal?
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