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 2019 and 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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Courtesy of Welcome House of Northern Kentucky

Dozens of Greater Cincinnati homeless are on lockdown at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center where they can eat, sleep and receive medical care.

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A group of Cincinnati organizations has created a website to give the most vulnerable populations help and direction to "parse through the noise of over-communication and misinformation" when it comes to COVID-19

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COVID-19 is hitting GE Aviation hard financially, prompting the Evendale-based company to cut 10% of its workforce in the U.S. That amounts to 2,600 jobs in Southwest Ohio.

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Pharmaceutical companies are working around the clock to repurpose current medications and develop new therapies and vaccines to treat and prevent COVID-19. During a on-the-record discussion with reporters March 18, the life sciences industry detailed some of their most promising efforts.

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The Hamilton County Common Pleas Court has taken the unprecedented step of giving Sheriff Jim Neil permission to release non-violent, low-level felony offenders at the jail who are unable to make bond. During a Friday news conference, Neil said there will not be a mass release and the reduction in jail population will help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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With COVID-19 restrictions forced on them, many people have an overwhelming desire to get outside. Despite the rainy weather, park visitors are taking advantage of the opportunity to hike, bike and fish.

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In the interest of public health, Kenton County is suspending its "Big Blue Recyle Bin" program and is in the process of removing bins from their locations. Rumpke Recycling is continuing but urges customers to help protect its drivers.

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At least at some Southwest Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries, business has never been better despite the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Diocese of Covington has now joined Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington in suspending public masses because of the coronavirus. The change in policy for Covington will be effective Friday.

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Updated: March 18, 12:30 p.m.

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the Tri-State, many local universities started out canceling in-person classes. Now, at least one is postponing its graduation ceremony. 

Jeff Sabo / Miami University

At the top of the list for colleges and universities nationwide is keeping students safe and healthy in the midst of the coronavirus, but many parents are wondering if having their kids sent home will mean a refund for room and board.

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Farmland all across Ohio is being transformed into thousands of acres of solar panels to provide businesses and households with green energy. Much of the development is in the southwestern part of the state, and on March 12, the first project under construction held its official groundbreaking.

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The chairman of the Clermont County Republican Party, under fire by a faction of the party, says he relies on honesty and forthrightness to make sure candidates are above board. Apparently, not all of them were. Now voters will decide their fate.

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Police Departments from all over the country are calling on Dayton for active shooter training. They recognize that Dayton officers were able to take down Connor Betts thirty seconds after they got the call in a shooting that could have been much worse. Nine people were killed and more than two dozen were injured on August 4, 2019.

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Mary Bradburn's class at Batavia Middle School is getting pretty good at building future cities. For the third time since her class first entered the Future City Competition, it won Ohio and moved on to nationals. This year the class focused on making sure people have clean drinking water when faced with a hurricane.

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Teddy has taken well to his new gig as grief therapy dog at a Springfield Township cemetery. Even though he's still "in training," the one-year-old golden doodle has already begun comforting grieving families.


An investigation is underway after a Cincinnati 911 dispatcher apparently mishandled a call and the patient died Jan. 12 in a Groesbeck Road apartment.

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Health officials say figuring out the path of the coronavirus is key to controlling it. They have employed the help of spies, data scientists, epidemiologists and others to study who is likely to get COVID-19 and where it will travel next.

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In an unusual set of circumstances, the Cincinnati Solicitor's Office - normally faced with defending council members - must now decide whether to proceed with a lawsuit filed against a council member. The suit from COAST - or Citizens Opposed To Additional Spending and Taxes - represents five taxpayers and wants Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard removed from office for allegedly taking compensation and engaging in malfeasance.

Andrew Harnik / AP

Area colleges and universities are taking a hard look at their international programs in the wake of the rapid spread of the coronavirus and may cancel upcoming trips or recall participants if they deem it unsafe for students, faculty and staff.