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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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.

Reebok

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.

University of Cincinnati

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.

Courtesy of Control Bionics

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

University of Cincinnati

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.

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High-speed internet has never been so important. As Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore pointed out on a virtual Chamber program Tuesday, there is high demand for broadband for remote learning, working from home and telehealth visits.

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The Serum Institute of India, the world's largest manufacturer of vaccines, is already preparing to produce a COVID-19 vaccine once it's developed. But other plants around the world will also be needed for the billions of doses required.

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A Cincinnati man is on a mission to plant 100 orchards in the next decade as a way to help feed people in food deserts. WVXU recently visited his first one in West Price Hill.

WCPO

The city of Covington has owned the old IRS site for about a month now and is moving toward demolition and redevelopment.

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Video job interviews are becoming the norm, especially during COVID-19. But there is some question as to how fairly you are evaluated in this medium.

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It's hard to believe an ornamental shrub from Asia could cause so many problems in U.S. forests. But the Amur honeysuckle and other invasive plants have spread across the country - including in Hamilton County - and are leading to a monoculture in many places by choking out other species.

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If you waited to plan your Labor Day getaway until this week you aren't alone. AAA Cincinnati says one reason is people want to see where the numbers for COVID-19 are lowest.

Holly Yurchison / WVXU

Deep inside your brain, neurons are soaking up the sun and using it to prevent heart disease, stroke and diabetes. That's the premise from Cincinnati Children's Hospital researchers who studied mice and wrote about it in the journal Nature.

Drone Express

A New Jersey high-tech logistics company, with plans to deliver grocery and drug store items to consumers via drone, is testing a unique kind of radar system in Springfield, Ohio, for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

Glenn Hartong / Chilidog Pictures

Out of necessity and with technological advancements, video productions have become a lot simpler these days to produce. All it takes is the right equipment, some know-how and the amount you want to spend to make it look good.

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