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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Courtesy of Tengai

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.

Courtesy of OKI

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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The global carpooling market is expected to more than double by 2025. In Cincinnati and across the nation, it remains fairly low. The environmental group Cincinnati 2030 District is encouraging more people to do it and recently held a meeting about corporate carpooling.

Vincent Walter / Purdue University

Purdue University has installed the first all-digital nuclear reactor system in the United States. Scientists say the technology will allow for more data analysis which will make plants safer.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Friday the Guinness Book of World Records declared GE Aviation's GE9X engine the world's most powerful jet engine. Complete with 134,000 lbs. of thrust and the most advanced technology and materials, it beat out the GE90, which previously held the record, as reported in this WVXU story.

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The United States Playing Card Company is continuing its long history with the military by creating a deck that honors veteran-run businesses. It's called the "Frontline Leaders Collector's Deck."

Blue Water Vaccines

Blue Water Vaccines, based in Norwood, has scheduled clinical trials for 2020 involving a universal flu vaccine it's developing. Tuesday the company closed on $7 million worth of funding led by CincyTech.

bang zoom design
Courtesy of Bang Zoom Design

In the midst of a move to Over-the-Rhine, Bang Zoom Design made time for WVXU to show off the holiday toys of past, present and future. New this year are scary bugs to prank people and superheroes who come to life off comic book pages.

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Advances in printing technology are breaking down barriers for the blind and visually impaired. Researchers in India have created software to display images, text and audio stories side by side. That has the potential to cut printing costs by 90%. New printers at Cincinnati's Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired are also able to cut costs because they decrease the amount of time workers must spend hand-creating images.

Courtesy of Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Blood Center is taking extra steps to insure it has adequate blood and platelet donations heading into the holiday weekend. It is putting out the call for donors and opening up two of its centers on July 4.


Updated: Wednesday, 9:14 a.m.

Eight weeks after four people were gunned down inside a West Chester apartment, police have made an arrest. The husband of one of the victims was picked up Tuesday in Connecticut. Gurpreet Singh is the same man who called police to report the crime.

Norwood Police Facebook page

Norwood's new police dog is earning his keep. In less than two weeks on the job, he's sniffed out piles of drugs and tracked down felons.

Courtesy of Mercer University

Behind the scenes of world conflict are scientists solving problems on behalf of human rights organizations. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has a program called On-call Scientist and it's still going strong after decades of success.

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Increasingly, sickle cell anemia patients in the U.S. are moving away from blood transfusions and instead using a medicine called Hydroxyurea to control their disease and eliminate the symptoms. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers are perfecting a technique that determines the correct dosage for each patient in one day.

Coleran Township Fire Department

Macaw owner Joey Oser got emotional when reunited with his macaw "Gigi" this weekend. It took the Colerain Township Fire Department's ladder to reach the bird, who had become stranded about 60 feet up in a tree.

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A group actively cleaning up the Mill Creek describes the stream as a "diamond in the rough" and wants to encourage the communities lining it to take advantage of its economic and recreational benefits. Saturday elected officials are invited to see it by canoe.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a little more than a year into a massive project of collecting and analyzing people's blood and urine to accelerate research and improve health. Wednesday through Saturday, its "All of Us Journey Research Bus" will be in Cincinnati.

Heritage Square condos
Ann Thompson / WVXU

Residents of Harrison Township's now-condemned Legacy condos had until noon Monday to remove their belongings. This after heavy rains this weekend further eroded a large chasm that owners say Fischer Homes tried to remedy with rocks some weeks and months ago.

If you buy tickets to this year's Western & Southern Open, you will notice there are 18 types of tickets instead of four, as in previous years. CEO Andre Silva pointed out at a media luncheon some are as much as 50% cheaper.

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Southwest Ohio leads the state in the number of people with developmental disabilities benefiting from tele-caregiving. That's when technology takes the place of overnight live-in caregivers who are often hard to hire and retain.