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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Scientists have long known treated wastewater is safe to drink but how does it taste when compared to "conventional" groundwater and bottled water?

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The story of Seven Hills student Kyle Plush demonstrates calling 911 on a cell phone still has its problems. But one Greater Cincinnati technology expert says there are things you can do to help yourself.  He says GPS systems will soon be able to pinpoint a device with extreme accuracy.

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Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Issac is launching an internal investigation and a 911 dispatcher is on administrative leave following the death of 16-year-old Kyle Plush, a Seven Hills student.

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Hundreds of current and past employees got a sneak peak Wednesday of "A Tale of Frisch's Big Boy" inside the original Frisch's Big Boy restaurant in Fairfax, which opened in 1939. The new museum, one section of the Mainliner, will open to the public Thursday.

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Cincinnati's Derek Murphy is somewhat of a celebrity. He's known worldwide for investigating possible cheating in marathons and runs the blog Marathon Investigations.

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Cincinnati-based Federal Equipment Company is designing a new kind of elevator for the U.S. Navy using magnets. The military is now testing it on its next aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford.

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Environment Ohio's Shining Cities report ranks Cincinnati as the leading solar city in the state and places it among the top five solar cities in the Midwest.

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With at least three 100-year flood incidents in the last two years, the director of Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability is suggesting residents should be more prepared for flash flooding.

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Lingering lung infections may be a thing of the past thanks to a new drug developed by a University of Cincinnati researcher.

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With a new entertainment venue on the horizon for the Banks, finding an available parking place on the riverfront is going to become even more important. Luckily, plans are underway for a new advanced signage system that will direct you to a specific spot.

Two Of Cincinnati's Good Friday Traditions Continue

Mar 30, 2018
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The annual Praying of the Steps is underway in Mt. Adams on this Good Friday. Thousands are expected at Holy Cross-Immaculata Church to reflect on Jesus' betrayal, arrest, persecution and crucifixion.

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Even with a delayed Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, and the game one day late because of rain, the Cincinnati Reds promise the same enthusiasm Friday as every year at the start of the season.

Ohio Pathway to a Brighter Future

A new report on Ohio immigrants finds a lack of adequate access to educational opportunities, trustworthy and affordable legal services and accessible and affordable healthcare.

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Sickle cell patients face a lifetime of getting blood transfusions because there's no cure for the disease. It's a fact of life for brother and sister Taryn Walker, 14, and King Walker, 11, both students at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

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In a civil complaint, the Justice Department says a Sedamsville landlord violated the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against and sexually harassing female tenants living in his 55 properties since 2013.

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Northern Kentucky University has opened a state-of-the-art lab to train students to identify and stop cyber security threats in the workplace. The privately funded JRG Cyber Threat Intelligence Laboratory is modeled after real-world cyber security centers.

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Tri-State students braved frigid temperatures and a pop-up snow squall to walk out of class Wednesday as part of a national effort to protest gun violence and remember the 17 victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

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Colerain High School Principal Jack Fisher doesn't want his 1,900 students leaving the building for a nationwide walkout planned for Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. 

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Crackling sounds deep inside the brain signal normal communication among an estimated 100 billion neurons. But after a traumatic health event like a brain injury or a heart attack, the brain goes silent. If the patient isn't revived, a massive wave of electrochemical energy is released that gradually poisons the nerve cells.

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One of the most advanced weather satellites will soon be orbiting in space, helping forecasters anticipate a host of severe weather for the western United States, and from Alaska to New Zealand.

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The Cincinnati grandmother of a 14-year-old victim in the Florida school shooting is demanding universal background checks and limits on assault weapons. At a Thursday news conference she and others put local lawmakers on notice.

This is a rendering of the new outreach center at the northwest corner of Bank Street and Winchell Avenue in the West End.
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The Catholic charity St. Vincent de Paul announced Wednesday it will build a 40,000 square foot outreach center directly across the street from its current West End building on Bank Street near Winchell.

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The Newport City Commission unanimously approved the start of a needle exchange program Monday night.  A mobile van will reportedly operate at the St.Elizabeth Urgent Care in South Newport.

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In the next few years the FDA is expected to approve dozens of new genetic therapies for rare diseases that affect just a small group of patients. Because these drugs cost nearly seven-figures insurance companies, hospitals and Congress are taking a closer look.

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Clean-up is underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but an Anderson Township teen is looking ahead to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Fifteen-year-old Quinn Dehlinger is a member of the Elite Aerial Development Program in Lake Placid, New York. He was discovered at Perfect North Slopes.

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The National Weather Service predicts the Ohio River at Cincinnati will reach 59.5' by Tuesday, a level the river hasn't seen since the flood of 1997.

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A handful of Tri-state schools heeded a national call to demonstrate Wednesday against gun violence following a Florida school shooting earlier this month.

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On the roof of 250 William Howard Taft Road in Corryville, a 1" greased rod spins every ten minutes to collect pollen and mold spores. This is a regular routine at the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency from February through November where workers provide daily numbers to allergy sufferers.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now allowing drones within the previously restricted five miles of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and 49 other airports. To ensure safety, CVG has added an extra layer of security.

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Smaller than the head of a pin, the microTUM tumbles end over end through bumpy, steep and wet topography to reach its final destination. Purdue University researchers hope the microscale magnetic tumbling robot they've designed will eventually be able to deliver drugs to a specific location in the human body.

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