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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Not long after Northern Kentucky University computer science professor James Walden's presentation on election security issues Wednesday, Iran was accused of accessing election information and sending emails to Florida voters. Walden lays out the most serious threats and has some advice on how to make elections more secure.


When Ohio Governor Mike DeWine responded to calls to "do something" after Dayton's Oregon District mass shooting, one thing he thought about was creating a more comprehensive background check system for people buying guns. The state is now preparing to start a pilot program with a complete rollout in 2022.

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Ohio's school COVID dashboard shows some alarming numbers when it comes to new cases in the classroom. Half or more than half of total cases in some of Greater Cincinnati's largest school districts are new.

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Attorneys for the family of Kyle Plush hope 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. During a virtual court hearing Tuesday morning, Judge Pierre Bergeron called it a "very difficult and tragic case."

In the largest study of its kind, brain scans show people who are overweight and obese have a greater chance of reduced blood flow and brain activity. Scientists say low blood flow is a risk factor in developing Alzheimer's disease.

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Surrounding the high-tech office buildings and innovative thinking in the Uptown Corridor will be plenty of greenspace, especially on the northeast corner of Martin Luther King and Reading roads. Plans are being unveiled for what's called the Innovation Greenway.


With gun violence continuing to surge in Southern Ohio, cities and counties are increasingly lending prosecutors to the U.S. Attorney's Office. They hope to get a handle on what U.S. Attorney Dave DeVillers calls "the biggest problem that has ever happened to the Southern District of Ohio."


Three Butler County Board of Elections workers have tested positive for the coronavirus. The BOE says they were not in contact with voters.

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U.S. cities and their residents are being preemptive to protect privacy when it comes to an increasing number of drones with cameras.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation has hired University of Cincinnati researchers and two consulting firms to study the economic impact of investing in technology to spur drone testing and deployment. The area of interest is along I-71 from Cincinnati to Cleveland.

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It's a tough assignment but somebody had to do it. So WVXU sent Ann Thompson to get a first-hand look at the Busken Presidential Cookie Poll. She found this tabulation, with a 100% accuracy rate to the real election, has customers not only following their political affiliation but their gut.


Waste from the coffee you drank this morning at McDonald's may end up in a brand new Lincoln Continental. Reebok's new shoe offering this year is made from plants. These are just two examples of an increasing number of eco-friendly products by companies working toward a circular economy.

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If you've had trouble buying a bike lately you aren't alone. Entry level to mid-range bikes are in short supply because of issues related to the pandemic. This, as an increasing number of people are taking to local bike trails for exercise.

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For the first time FBI agents can remember, they will hold a pre-election meeting in Columbus Friday afternoon with the Ohio Secretary of State and the U. S. Attorney's Office.

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It's been 18 years since Cincinnati's Collaborative Agreement was signed and two years since a refresh. With the nation's racial climate much different, new groups want a say in the way policing is done in Cincinnati, and parties to the original lawsuit say these new groups should be heard.

Earlham College

A restoration effort is underway in a city that, at the turn of the century, claims it had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. It's led by a recent college graduate who's a scientist, musician and outdoorsman.

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A Phase 2 clinical trial is getting underway at UC and nearly 20 other sites across the U.S. to determine the safety and efficacy of the drug razuprotafib in treating COVID-19 patients. Researchers say this drug could possibly prevent "long-haulers syndrome."

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The Ohio Bar Association is recognizing the Hamilton County Juvenile Court for a proactive program it developed after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. It aims to keep students out of the court system if possible and get them the help they need.

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An international company with offices in Milford is expanding the ways it can help people with ALS and cerebral palsy communicate.

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A University of Cincinnati researcher finds cancer patients undergoing a combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy one to three months before a COVID-19 diagnosis have a greater risk of death than patients who haven't undergone cancer treatment in the past year.