Ann Thompson

Reporter & Midday Host

With more than 30 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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Newport's $40 million new music venue Ovation is set to announce its first shows Friday morning at 7 a.m. Media got a sneak peek of the indoor outdoor concert space Thursday.

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After more than two years of murder, drug dealing and disrepair at Royal Oaks On the Green and Saint Andrews apartment and condominium complex, Pierce Township says it has had enough. The Clermont County Prosecutor's Office has filed suit to force the owner to clean up its act.

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The Purple People Bridge, connecting Newport to Cincinnati for pedestrians, is temporarily closed after a "large stone" fell out of the first pier into the Ohio River Tuesday afternoon.

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For too long, Black and other minority artists say they have been cut out of the equation when it comes to getting rich off their own art. They want to start recouping some of those losses with an eye toward the future and a class of cryptocurrency.

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Clearing once-contaminated sites along the Mill Creek and redeveloping them is a slow and expensive process. For those who live in communities like South Cumminsville, North Fairmount, South Fairmont, English Woods and Millville, the clean-up can't come fast enough.

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Imagine playing chess on dedicated outdoor tables, or sitting in light-up swings powered by solar. As UC and others try to recruit researchers to work at the northeast quadrant of MLK and Reading roads and other nearby developments, green space is becoming especially important. Uptown Consortium, Inc. (UCI) also wants to increase connectivity with surrounding neighborhoods.


"China stands a reasonable chance of overtaking the United States as the leading center of AI innovation in the coming decade," says a new government report.

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Armed with an equity map, Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability (OES) is on a mission to get more minorities interested in rooftop solar.

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On this Earth Day, you may be thinking how much nature has helped you over this past year. You may not know exactly why going outside makes you feel better, but plenty of people keep doing it.

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When people drive by Lebanon's intersection of Broadway and South, some are doing a double-take. A log cabin from 1795 is being reconstructed right Downtown.

Just as we are digesting new developments on food allergies, others come out. Headlines include, "Milk Is Overtaking Nuts As Top Food Allergy Threat." And "Congress Makes Sesame Ninth Major Food Allergen." With so much to keep track of, The National Academy of Sciences is recommending current labeling be replaced. One University of Cincinnati researcher has information that may help.

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In a Monroe, Ohio, warehouse the size of seven football fields, 1,000 robots are getting the go-ahead to whiz around and collect your Kroger groceries in as little as six minutes for a 50-item order. (3 minutes to collect + 3 minutes to load into a van) This so-called "shed" is the first of 20 customer fulfillment centers in the U.S. the nation's largest grocery store chain has planned.

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During a late Tuesday afternoon news conference, a dozen members of a union that represents Cincinnati State Technical and Community College laid out reasons why they deserve a raise.

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Over-the-Rhine looks a lot different than it did 20 years ago when some say disinvestment in the community helped further the civil unrest that happened there in 2001 after the deaths of multiple Black men by Cincinnati Police. Following those events, were the decisions to renovate blocks at a time the right ones? And what does the future hold for what is now billed as one of the coolest neighborhoods in North America?

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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Little Blue penguins are swimming more thanks in part to technology that helps encourage it.

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Digital tickets, cashless food and a new no-backpacks rule aside, there are some other surprises for fans beginning Opening Day at Great American Ball Park.

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Greater Cincinnati companies and businesses worldwide see the COVID-19 vaccine as the way forward. But because the vaccines haven't been approved by the FDA - instead, they have emergency use authorization only - employers may have a problem making them mandatory. What are some companies doing and what incentives are they offering?


New technology is opening the door for better monitoring of your body, including the eyes. Researchers  have developed soft contact lenses that can diagnose and monitor underlying ocular health conditions like glaucoma.


The global hydrogen powered transport market is expected to reach $20 billion by 2025. That's $17 billion more than 2021, according to What is driving this trend? And what kind of vehicles is it targeting?

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Six months from now, travelers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and others will need a special driver's license to fly domestically. This is if they don't already have a passport.


Real estate agents and landlords are looking ahead to later this year when the first of 3,000 Amazon Air employees start moving into the area.

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The popularity of animal-free dairy foods are gaining speed in the heartland. One study shows the plant-based milk market will grow 19% by 2023. Now Cincinnati's Graeter's is expanding its offerings with an alternative to its popular ice cream. In this case, its replacing cow's milk with fermented whey protein.


University of Cincinnati researchers say for the first time they have a visual correlation between the severity of COVID-19 in the lungs and the effect on patients' brains. This early indicator could be key in preventing such neurological problems like stroke.

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Within the next two years, people could start living in what once was the fifth tallest building in the world and what is now the third tallest building in downtown Cincinnati. Wednesday The Port approved more funding for the project at Fourth and Vine.

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"Lightning" the pregnant sloth is a bit of a contradiction. The Cincinnati Zoo mammal can be feisty, and with changing hormone levels, doesn't want anything to do with her mate "Moe."

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Under the watchful eyes of Port of Cincinnati officers and the nose of Bruno the dog, drug smugglers are upping their deceptiveness. It doesn't help that DHL is a major global hub at CVG and once this contraband comes in, it can go any place in the world.

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A team of University of Cincinnati engineering students is helping Elon Musk's Hyperloop idea become reality. But the project has temporarily shifted focus from vehicle design to creation of a tunnel boring machine. This is necessary to put the Hyperloop underground.

Nearly four years after his son's death at the hands of North Korea, a Cincinnati man continues to press the brutal regime to pay for it.


A security company for the Internet of Things (IoT) has identified 33 vulnerabilities in open source code among various devices. This is just a snapshot of what experts think is a growing problem with few government regulations in place.

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A University of Cincinnati Professor is one of 100 religious voices chosen to write a letter to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and members of the 117th Congress to promote peace. The tradition began with the 2016 election of President Trump.