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.

Ways to Connect

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Courtesy of Isaiah Andrews And Chris Smith

Imagine being stuck in prison for a crime you didn't commit. And as you wait to get out, the pandemic hits. WVXU interviewed two people in that situation who are now free. They talk about their fears, joys and need for patience.

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Courtesy University of Cincinnati

Updated Tuesday, May 26, 3:00 p.m.

Cincinnati State says its students will do remote learning this fall with the exception of required labs and skills learning. A Tuesday news release says those students will be able to socially distance.

Cincinnati Children's

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers have no shortage of ideas. Beginning today, they will start six new projects in hopes of gaining a better understanding of how COVID-19 affects the body and certain segments of the population.

Film Cincinnati

With movies in the pipeline it would have been easy for Film Cincinnati to take a breather during the stay-at-home order, but instead it continued giving virtual tours to scouts and connecting with out-of-work crew members who now need to figure out a new normal.

Courtesy of EagleHawk

Sanitizing large public spaces in the age of the coronavirus is coming down to drones. It may be a way to get fans in the stands sooner. It also could be an effective way to transport a vaccine to the masses once one becomes available. These and other applications have researchers scrambling to find pandemic-era drone applications.

WCPO

When the Licking River was still rising in Falmouth, Ky., emergency personnel had an evacuation plan in place thanks to a special interactive map. It showed right down to individual houses who would be flooded.

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Courtesy of WCPO

The flooding from steady Tri-State rain, predicted to continue into Wednesday, has already trapped some employees in their West Chester businesses and is threating to cause problems in Falmouth, Kentucky.

Under the Weather

Without a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, a handful of recent surveys find most people are uncomfortable with the idea of returning to work. But a couple of local inventors are repurposing their products and inventing new ones that may help protect employees from getting the virus.

University of Dayton

Possibly one of the first things to go when companies have money problems is the information technology department. Cybersecurity experts don't want that to happen, especially during a pandemic when the practice of employees working from home puts online information at risk.

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Al Behrman / AP

Kroger ended the so-called "hero pay" to workers as scheduled this weekend, but has now decided to give them a one-time bonus for working during the pandemic.

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CVG

If you're getting ready for your next business trip or feel ready to venture out on a vacation, there are some changes you need to know about at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in this COVID-19 era.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

With the unemployment rate sky high because of COVID-19, some could soon be considering a career with the FBI. The agency typically has 700-900 openings a year and it's now recruiting.

Courtesy of Lindner Center of HOPE

A Greater Cincinnati counseling center is starting a new program to help people process their grief and move forward with a better coping plan during the pandemic.

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Courtesy of Jason Whitman

How do we navigate the unknown as safely as possible? And how do we engage with each other again in public in a way that's safe and science-based? A health metrics expert answered those questions and more in an April discussion sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Courtesy of Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is making the most of its time during the COVID-19 closure, putting its collection online and uploading instructional videos from current and former players.

MSD

The U.S. EPA Water Research Lab in Cincinnati is partnering with the Metropolitan Sewer District to look for the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) in a unique way.

Courtesy of the Freestore Foodbank

Food for the hungry is now within walking distance for hundreds more Cincinnatians after a team of problem solvers used data analytics to strategically place food distribution centers closer to them.

DarkoStojanovic / Public Domain

In a letter to its members, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says businesses have to figure out who's responsible for administering COVID-19 tests, who is responsible for paying for them and who will check the results. Companies also need to decide when to test employees and how often.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

For infertile couples who have waited years to conceive, another delay is hard to take. COVID-19 stopped fertility treatments and only recently the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is allowing some to continue.

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