Ann Thompson

Reporter & Midday Host

With more than 20 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.

She has reported from India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS.

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Statistics show Kentucky jails a higher percentage of people than most states, ninth overall and second for women, and the ACLU is calling for legislative action to alleviate the overcrowding.

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Newtown's largest land owner, Doug Evans, faces trial in federal court Tuesday. Prosecutors allege he set up a dummy company called Ergon to illegally gain millions of dollars worth of minority contracts from the City of Cincinnati.

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Amazon has announced it will open a new air gateway at Wilmington Air Park in Wilmington, Ohio. The announcement comes as the company continues to build out its air hub operation at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

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Ohio's bio science organization, Bio Ohio, will showcase technology Wednesday that area researchers are developing to combat the opioid crisis.

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A third of Dayton's police force is part of a pilot study to reduce stress using brain stimulation. One hundred  officers are now in the fourth week of a six-week study for the therapy, already proven effective in both civilians and military.

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Friday the sustainable Melink Corporation will break ground on the second of two buildings on its Milford campus, this one even greener than the first. The company hopes it will be a model for energy efficient buildings nationwide.

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The family of Brody Allen, the 2-year-old Colerain Township boy who died last month of cancer, is having a tough time. Another one of their children is in critical condition after being hit by multiple cars while crossing Springdale Road near Niagra Street Monday night.

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The Cincinnati VA Medical Center has had a rocky few years but new Director Mark Murdock is ready to move forward as he focuses on improving veterans' health and relationships inside and outside the hospital.

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Hamilton County Board of Elections Director Sherry Poland says absentee and in-person voting numbers are up when compared to the last two midterm elections. She is predicting 50-55 percent turnout.

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A UC Health cardiologist is studying whether the Orthodox Jewish practice of wearing tefillin, a tight leather band strapped around the arm and worn during 30 minutes of daily prayer, can protect against heart damage. A pilot study suggests it might.

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Eight investigators from the Centers for Disease Control are in Greater Cincinnati for the next several weeks trying to determine similarities in HIV cases among intravenous drug users on both sides of the Ohio River. It's hoped their findings can help prevent new cases.

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The Tasing and settlement in the case of an 11-year-old girl after an August shoplifting incident is shining new light on juvenile policing practices in Cincinnati. Gerhardstein & Branch, the law firm representing Donesha Gowdy's family, says Cincinnati Police Tased more than 100 minors in the last five years.

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The Head of the University of Cincinnati's Archives and Rare Books has worked with a ghost for more than 30 years. He brings his unique perspective as he takes WVXU along on a mini-ghost tour.

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Energy is flowing at Middletown City Schools. Students in new and renovated schools are making use of technology in ways they haven't before.

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Citing a growing number of reported gender-based violence cases in Greater Cincinnati, Women Helping Women President and CEO Kristin Smith Shrimplin says there is a disturbing pattern with the way victims are treated.

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A former Cincinnati police officer shot and killed in Madisonville three years ago now has a stretch of I-71 named after him.

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The Spring Grove Village indoor farm, 80 Acres Farms, is in the process of expanding tenfold to two locations in Hamilton. Recently, the business gave WVXU an inside look at how it uses computers to seed, grow, light and harvest its produce.

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Theft from community organizations, including youth sports, is surprisingly common across the U.S. Recently, a Warren County woman was indicted for allegedly embezzling $180,000 from a youth baseball league. This spring, money from a Middletown's youth football league went missing. One Southwest Ohio prosecutor hopes to at least slow the theft with a seminar planned for October 24.

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The Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library has put out a request for proposals as it seeks a developer to create a master facilities plan. The library board intends to hire the developer by the end of the year.

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Technology is helping to bridge the gap between a growing elderly population and a shortage of doctors. One local retirement community has created an incubator where residents, staff, students and providers can come up with connected devices to make life easier.

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