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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Eight months after a highly publicized and controversial encounter between a Covington Catholic student and a Native American in Washington D.C., a group of area teachers are learning how to better educate students about indigenous peoples.

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At least four Southwest Ohio schools are participating in a program which uses a smart thermometer and an app to track and stop the spread of disease.

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An effort is underway to save an endangered earthwork in Butler County before it's potentially sold to developers Sept. 28.

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A handful of people near the beginning of the Verilife line Wednesday morning were already talking about how they hoped medical marijuana prices would come down with increased competition. The Cincinnati area's first dispensary just opened on Ridge Road in Columbia Township.

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The Cincinnati Arts Association says starting Friday Sept. 6, patrons going to Music Hall and the Aronoff Center will have to walk through a metal detector and have their bags searched.

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Long-time local developers Dave Neyer and Chris Frutkin have signed a contract to buy an Over-the-Rhine property, the Emery Center, from the University of Cincinnati for $8.55 million.

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A handful of world-class tennis players who competed in the Western & Southern Open last week made an extra stop at a nearby cryotherapy spa, Arctic Blast Cryo. Some swear by the shocking cold temperatures, ranging from -190 °F to -270 °F, as a way to repair damage down to the cellular level.

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The Cincinnati Reds are preparing to honor the team's legendary broadcaster Marty Brennaman in a series of September events as he wraps up 46 years on the Cincinnati radio airwaves.

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A family who lost their 16-year-old son after he suffocated in a minivan at The Seven Hills School after repeated calls to 911 says the City of Cincinnati failed him. Kyle Plush died April 10, 2018. His parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, a former city manager, two dispatchers and two police officers.

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Atsuo Sasaki, Ph.D., associate professor at the UC College of Medicine, says there's an FDA-approved drug that can shrink brain and other types of inoperable cancer in animal models by targeting the energy production mechanism of cancerous cells.

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Rumpke, in partnership with the Ohio EPA and the Recycling Partnership, is on a mission to teach homeowners what should and shouldn't go into a recycling bin. The company is riffling through containers in Fairfield and soon Cincinnati to find out if people are following the rules.

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A three-judge panel must now decide if it will uphold a decision keeping Kentucky's only abortion clinic open. EMW Women's Surgical Center and the the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin presented oral arguments in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Thursday.

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New research from scientists at Washington University in St. Louis looks at whether nine, 10 and 11 year olds who play team sports are less likely to become depressed.

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History is on the move in Warren County where a two-story log home in the county's first settlement is being  dismantled and reassembled four miles away in Lebanon. 

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The Hamilton County Health Commissioner says he has a plan to reduce the number of  drug-injected HIV cases following increases from 2018 to 2019.

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The competition will be fierce beginning Thursday at the 12th Annual Middletown Senior Pickleball Tournament. Nearly 300 players from nine states will compete at Lefferson Park, the same place where throughout the week courts are filled for recreational play.

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Professional and collegiate sports teams have begun to experiment with cryptocurrency. Some have tried it and backed away, while others have strict limits. Some even allow ticket purchases with it.

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A University of Cincinnati space professor who studies everything from Mars to maps is taking a deeper look into why so many people are coming to the U.S. Twenty-five years of satellite maps show deforestation and subsequent climate change are driving migrants to leave Central America.

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How would you feel about a robot interviewing you for a job? Swedish company Tengai is working on an English version of its robot which it claims will ask you questions without biases. Other companies, like HireVue and Humantic, formerly DeepSense, dig for personality traits based on digital interviews and social media accounts.

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Cincinnati's climate advisor says the city plans to add 20 electric vehicles and 162 charging stations by the end of 2020.

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