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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Testing wastewater is an easy and relatively cheap way to detect disease in a community. Even though scientists were unable to effectively use it as an early warning for  COVID-19, their research is expected to help with other viruses and bacteria.

DHL Express

The overnight shift at DHL has gotten even busier at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport as workers ship the COVID-19 vaccine to Central and South America.

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Pixabay

Catching pancreatic cancer early improves survival chances. University of Cincinnati researchers wanted to know if administering chemo before surgery in stage I and II patients, in addition to after, would lengthen survival.

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The Hamilton County Quick Response Team (QRT), connecting surviving overdose victims with treatment, is making such an impact that organizers are planning to expand it.

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Al Behrman / AP

Four local lawmakers who participated in a Northern Kentucky Chamber event Tuesday all expressed doubt the federal government would help pay for a new Brent Spence Bridge. They did talk about the possibility of tolls and other local funding.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

What do the lizard's tail, prairie mimosa and the lance-leaf buckthorn have in common? They are all plants UC Biologist Denis Conover has identified as part of the latest Cincinnati plant survey. He says there have been some pretty dramatic changes since the first such survey in the mid-1800s.

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Oranges and grapefruit are under siege in California. Growers are under pressure to protect all citrus varieties from an increasing threat that's already hit Florida.

UC

Rebuilding trust in the democratic process will not be quick, and panelists at the University of Cincinnati on Friday afternoon agree the time to do it is not during an election.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

The annual Cincinnati Martin Luther King Jr. march is still on, but will also include cars this year, as participants try to socially distance themselves during COVID-19. Other events will continue but are virtual.

Courtesy of Primavista

A decision by a Hamilton County judge Jan. 7 may open the door for many Ohio businesses to sue insurance companies over lost business due to COVID.

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Courtesy of Xavier University

Xavier University has named its first female president in its 190-year history. Colleen Hanycz is also the first lay person to hold the job.

Yuancheng Lu

One of the leading causes of blindness may be able to be reversed with some genetic engineering. Two Earlham College graduates were instrumental in the groundbreaking glaucoma research.

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John Minchillo / AP

A national FBI investigation is underway to identify, charge and hold accountable the angry mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Did any Ohioans play a role in the violence?

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Gerry Broome / AP

What seemed like a miracle drug for critically ill COVID patients may have some dangerous side effects according to a University of Cincinnati pharmaceutical scientist.

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Screenshot / Facebook

Following corruption charges against three former and current Cincinnati City Council members, Vice Mayor Christoper Smitherman is proposing a "forensic audit" in which the city would look back at how all council members voted on development deals over a specific period of time.

Cold Jet

Dry ice is essential for the transportation and preservation of a cold COVID vaccine, like Pfizer's. A local company that makes dry ice machines is now seeing skyrocketing sales.

Courtesy of OTR Senior Center

The organization that runs the Over-the-Rhine Senior Center wants the community to know the only reason the center is closed is because of COVID-19. Just two years ago financial problems threatened to shut it down.

Cincinnati Children's / Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cancer cells pose an uncanny ability to make new cells and dodge drugs, "somewhat like would-be robbers hacking the bank's alarm code," one doctor explains. But researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have figured out how cancer cells rewire themselves and, in turn, how to possibly overcome drug resistance.

University of Dayton

The University of Dayton normally has 5,000 visitors a year to its vast crèche collection, which includes nativity scenes drawn on a grain of rice, one on life-size cardboard, and depictions of Jesus' birth using Coke cans and kitchen utensils. This year, people can still see it; they just have to go online to view the 3,600 nativity scenes from more than 100 countries.

Courtesy of Joby Aviation

The Jetson's flying car is closer to reality now that the Air Force is partnering with pioneers in the flying car field. Researchers will test and evaluate the technology in Springfield for military and commercial purposes.

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KEITH LANSER / Wikimedia Commons

The Cincinnati Park Board didn't vote on a proposed new building at Burnet Woods Thursday because the foundation that wanted it withdrew its request.

What's it like to administer the COVID vaccine but not be able to get it yourself right now? A St. Elizabeth Hospital pharmacy supervisor, in the midst of giving the shot to high-risk health care workers this week, says she's studied the vaccine and is confident and excited about when she and her family can get it.

Courtesy of the Plush Family

In October, attorneys for the family of Kyle Plush hoped to convince a Hamilton County appeals court to let a lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati, police, dispatchers and a former city manager move forward. On Wednesday, judges said the city is immune in the case of the Seven Hills teen who suffocated in his car, but claims against the others can proceed. 

Gravity Diagnostics

It wasn't aerospace manufacturing that provided the boost in jobs and economic development this year for Northern Kentucky. It was instead health care, labs, clinical technology and food and flavor manufacturing. Tri-Ed says the future looks even brighter.

Courtesy of UC Health

The UC Medical Center is the first Cincinnati hospital to receive a shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and it wasted no time in thawing the doses and administering them to health care workers.

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Courtesy of Cincinnati Children's

It may not be surprising that the COVID vaccine is more effective than the flu shot. Scientists in Cincinnati are hard at work developing and testing what would be a holy grail - a universal flu vaccine that would protect in one dose against all strains of the flu.

Wilmington Air Park

The Wilmington Air Park is moving up on the cargo charts and is now number one in Ohio and 32nd nationally. Amazon is helping to fuel this increase and with or without the online giant, the Air Park looks to expand the number of airport employees and businesses.

WCPO

A Woodlawn aerospace company is the first tenant in a new industrial facility on the site of Cincinnati Gardens in Bond Hill.

Statehouse News Bureau

A Cincinnati social justice agency working to end the death penalty in Ohio is out with a new report, calulating its cost and arguing it's randomly applied.

Courtesy of Vent Haven

Northern Kentucky's Vent Haven Museum, the world's only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism, is busy cleaning its collection, adding to it and preparing to re-open in May 2021.

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