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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As businesses around the world begin to bring back employees, there are now new challenges beyond mask wearing and securing hand sanitizer. Companies are having to implement varying work schedules because of the need for employees to be home to supervise their kids during remote learning.

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"This is so frustrating and irresponsible. "

That's just one of many social media comments people made after more than 1,200 people packed a private party at Coney Island Saturday night with few masks in sight.

Ethos Labs

A Newport company has developed what it says is a more accurate test for COVID-19 antibodies. It gives you a percentage of how protected your body is if exposed to the virus again. But even that company - Ethos Laboratories - says nobody knows how long the antibodies last.

Amazon

Amazon Air is starting to use sustainable fuel as part of its promise to be net zero carbon by 2040. What's still unclear is if the e-commerce giant will use it at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, its air hub.

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Three 13-year-olds are under arrest and Cincinnati Police are looking for more after a series of attacks on Latinos in East Price Hill.

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A remote restraint designed to de-escalate a situation before a suspect gets hurt is gaining traction nationwide among police departments. On Wednesday, Cincinnati Police and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department got a look at the technology.


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A group of University of Dayton professors have joined a growing number of educators nationwide who are concerned about re-opening plans for the fall. They plan a Tuesday news conference to ask for an administration response on the items that most importantly deal with health and safety.

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Districts around the country are announcing their back-to-school plans, and in the age of coronavirus, many include remote learning. For some teachers and students, at-home learning didn't go very well this spring after the pandemic forced them to stay at home. How are districts looking to improve, and what can they do differently?

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The pandemic is exposing an increased socioeconomic vulnerability for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) populations, according to a new survey. For transgender people, it may come down to a variety of factors, says an University of Cincinnati doctor.

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Avondale poet Norman Riggs, Jr. first started writing when he was 15 and continued doing so for 10 years. After a 20-year break, he's at it again.

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The Hamilton County jail and the health agency that treats inmates are watching an uptick in the number of COVID cases.

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Need to socially distance? How about a trip down the Ohio River? A new digital guide from the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) now makes it easier to navigate the waterway by boat, bike or car.

The Port

Leasing slowed down and costs went up for a senior housing facility in Centerville during the pandemic, as was the case for similar businesses worldwide. So Randall Residence went to state agencies which had already loaned it money, like The Port, to ask for more.

With one of the highest eviction rates in the country, Dayton city leaders set out to do something about it last year with the formation of an Eviction Task Force. This summer, city commissioners passed two task force recommendations and may take further steps.

Courtesy of Venti-Now

Brazil, the second worst country in the world for COVID-19 cases, is getting some help from Cincinnati. The new non-profit Venti-Now will send ventilators there for free that it designed, built and tested in just three weeks. Tanzania is also on the list to get them.

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As if the virus itself isn't enough to worry about, you might fall victim to fake COVID products. DHL at CVG is one gateway Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says they're coming into the U.S.

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A local sterilization company has seen its business skyrocket during the pandemic. Not only is it serving its regular food-industry customers but new ones like law firms, dentists and hair salons who want to protect against COVID-19.

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With new Hamilton County COVID-19 cases nearing 100 a day, the county's health commissioner says the department is preparing to ramp up testing, specifically target communities affected, and increase contact tracing.

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Ohio and other states are in the process of determining how to dole out a $15 billion settlement from Volkswagen after allegations in 2016 it cheated on emissions. The Ohio EPA says some of the money will be available this summer to use for electric vans, buses and even tractor-trailers. The money can also fund charging stations.

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Cincinnati's Law and Public Safety Committee voted on a series of proposals Tuesday to reform the police department by holding it accountable and making it more transparent. The full council could pass the measures in the next month.

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