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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As Findlay Market approaches one of its busiest seasons, patrons and employees are discovering they have to pay more to park, especially on the weekends. Some merchants say it's a needed change to free up parking spaces. Others say the extra cost and hassle of downloading an app is hurting their business.


The Amazon Air Hub at CVG isn't expected to open until 2021 but already it's starting to attract new business to the area. The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) says announcements by Amify and Satco are just the beginning of what is expected to be a large logistics and technology ecosystem.

UC East

By next summer UC Clermont will stop leasing space at the old Ford plant and have moved most classes back to its main Batavia campus. Dean Jeff Bauer says there's more demand for online and hybrid classes so it doesn't need the space.

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Newly appointed U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio Dave DeVillers says he's already met with Cincinnati's police chief and briefly with Hamilton County's prosecutor. He's offering help in the crackdown on violent crime.

Courtesy of Cincinnati Children's

A serious lung complication for a small group of juvenile arthritis patients is causing concern for both Cincinnati Children's Hospital researchers and the families of patients.

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A University of Cincinnati sociologist and suicidologist, a champion of the school-based peer support team Hope Squad, finds a significant reduction in "suicide-related stigma" with schools that have Hope Squads. That translates into suicidal kids being more likely to get help.


Multiple media sources are reporting Lordstown Motors owner, Cincinnati's Steve Burns, plans to make electric trucks for fleets at GM's plant in Lordstown, which shuttered in March.

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There are few answers coming from Cincinnati Christian University (CCU) trustees beyond a letter to students and faculty as the school prepares to close in January. CCU announced Oct. 29 it would cease academic operations and no longer pursue accreditation because it had run out of money.

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A group of Cincinnati teens, sponsored by the Children's Law Center, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Urban League, is making recommendations to the city of Cincinnati to reduce the number of youth arrests and eliminate racial disparities.

GE Additive

GE Additive, a subsidiary of GE Aviation with test facilities in West Chester, is making aircraft engine parts so complex that better 3D printers are needed. It's partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a leader in additive manufacturing, for help in designing machines that can keep up.

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A University of Dayton student and Cincinnati Country Day graduate has come up with a way to make cerebral palsy patients comfortable and safe while they sleep.

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Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D, the new president of Hebrew Union College (HUC), will be inaugurated this weekend as the organization's 10th president. The administrator and former professor is the first non-rabbi to lead HUC.


Women Helping Women CEO Kristin Shrimplin told corporate and community leaders Thursday the number of Tri-State gender-based violence incidents is increasing. She estimates by the end of 2019, there will be 9,000 unduplicated survivors. That's up from 7,400 in 2018.

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Hamilton County Republicans are launching a campaign to decrease the sales tax, which commissioners recently voted to keep at 7%. Party leaders want to put a repeal before voters in March.

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Psilocybin, a key ingredient in hallucinogenic magic mushrooms, is time consuming and expensive to make. That could be a problem when producing it as a drug to treat depression and addiction. Miami University researchers have apparently figured out a way to make psychedelic drugs faster and cheaper.

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Little Village, City Gospel Mission's free play space in Westwood, is open for business. Even parents whose kids have been coming a short time say they've noticed advances in their children's development.

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Eleven-hundred police, prosecutors, community activists and survivors are in Cincinnati for a sold-out conference Oct. 15-17 on juvenile sex trafficking. The eighth-annual Juvenile Sex Trafficking Conference (JuST) is at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Courtesy of Ohio Department of Transportation

Ohio continues to give the green light to businesses that want to help pioneer the development of self-driving vehicles. Just last week at a COSI conference, Lt. Governor Jon Husted was wooing Toyota, Waymo, Ford, the American Trucking Associations, AAA and others.


It's no secret the majority of crashes happen when drivers are tired and distracted. Miami University professors are trying to figure out the best way to intervene and make roads safer.

Ann Thompson

If you want to help build temporary bike lanes in Newport, Connect NKY and Tri-State Trails could use your help Saturday. They're hoping to show the city permanent ones are needed.