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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Hitchhiking by plane

Nov 9, 2012
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If you had the time you might like to do what Amber Nolan is doing. She is coming to small airports like Lunken and bumming rides from pilots to see all 50 states. It's a concept she dubbed Jet-Hiking.

"I'm a travel writer and this year I wanted to take some time off and see the United States and blog about it and see our country and I thought it would be a unique and different way to do it if I went by air."

The 28 year old Nolan is attempting to visit all 50 states on a shoestring budget. Just last month she flew to her 12th state, Oregon.

Two people are jailed following a huge seizure of marijuana in Butler County. Sgt. Monte Mayer said it is believed to be the largest in county history. Police confiscated 900 pounds of pot worth $1.1 million. Mayer says the bust happened Tuesday night.

The Sheriff's Department believes the shipment originated in Mexico.  The Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce intercepted the shipment and made a "controlled delivery" of the shipment to an empty storefront in 4700 of Industry Drive in Fairfield.

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First district Congressman Steve Chabot has been re-elected for a ninth term. He says he's willing to work with President Obama, if Mr. Obama is willing to work with Congress.

"We need to do what's right for the country and it's a whole lot better if you have a President working together. The President wasn't particularly interested in working with a Republican Congress recently in the last couple of years and hopefully that will change."

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About 100 voters at the Evanston Recreation Center were inconvenienced this morning when a worker failed to unlock the doors. Hamilton County Board of Elections chairman Tim Burke, who went to the scene himself when he heard about the problem, said an employee had forgotten to open the doors.  It was 7:15 a.m. when somebody came with a key. The poll workers were locked out too, so it took them a little while to set up even after the doors were opened.

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The results are in, in one of the largest high school mock elections in the country. More than 50,000 ballots were cast in the "Votes" project, including students from Cincinnati's Seven Hills School.

The teenagers in Jen Faber's American History class planned this election from scratch.

"The students designed this election in that they chose to do registration. They created an electoral college system."

Electing Mitt Romney would be a return to policies that have failed in the past and “crashed our economy,’’ President Obama told a full house crowd of 13,500 at the University of Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena Sunday night.

The highly charged-up crowd, that was entertained before and after the president’s speech by legendary recording artist Stevie Wonder, roared its approval when Obama appealed to them to help him win the election that takes place on Tuesday and appears now to be too close to call.

Meet the Germinator

Nov 2, 2012

The germinator is at work in area hospitals. Ann Thompson will let you know what it is and how it works on this week’s Focus on Technology.

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Politicians are doing their part to keep the Brent Spence Bridge a topic of conversation; even President Obama mentioned it to an Iowa newspaper last week. Behind the scenes efforts are moving forward to build a new bridge faster and cheaper.

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Three Cincinnati charitable organizations are banding together to help veterans with disabling injuries get help and find work.

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Fourteen NFL teams have gone digital with their playbooks, including the Bengals. The advantages for coaches and players are convenience, ease of revision and better preparation.

Back-up Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski doesn't miss the three-ring binder with hundreds of pages of scouting information and plays. It has been replaced by team issued iPads.

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Sleek new iPads replace big playbooks and DVD’s for Cincinnati Bengals players who can now prepare anytime, anyplace. Ann Thompson reports on this new trend in this week’s Focus on Technology.

You may have seen the recent 60 Minutes piece about innovator Salman Khan and his Khan Academy, the online site dedicated to providing a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

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Before an enthusiastic crowd of 4,000 supporters at milling company in Bond Hill, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney promised to focus on "big change" as president, while hammering at President Obama for being focused on "small things."

"He has now resorted to talking about characters on Sesame Street,'' Romney said, referring to Romney own reference to the Sesame Street character Big Bird in one of the presidential debates and his plans to cut funding for public broadcasting.

The City of Covington is preparing to officially announce a possible new development downtown.

The public relations firm handling Thursday's announcement confirms plans for a 25-million dollar boutique hotel in downtown Covington.

Channel 9 reports the hotel, pending state funding, would be located in the Covington city building. City government would move elsewhere. The structure, on the northeast corner of Madison and 7th was built in 1910 and housed the Coppin Department Store.

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The Cincinnati Park Board is arming its visitors with information. A pilot project is underway at Ault Park and Krohn Conservatory using smart phone quick response technology.

Ault Park horticulturist Dave Roberts is in demand. Plenty of park visitors seek him out to ask questions about what they are seeing.

"You know, what's in bloom, what this plant is and can I collect the seeds and can I do this in my garden and will it take over everything?"

Greater Cincinnati home sales are up for the fifteenth month in a row. In Cincinnati the gain was bigger at 11% when compared to the same month last year.

Northern Kentucky's sales increase was just 2%. In both places median prices are increasing and home inventories are declining, a sign realtors say indicates the buyer's advantage is starting to shrink.

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  • September  2012: Closings: 1,588   Average Price: $158,219
  • September 2011: Closings: 1,430    Average Price: $151,633

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Having a smart phone, a tablet, an e-reader and more costs a lot of money and it’s more than just the purchase price. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on how to stay connected and stay within your budget.

The Cincinnati Police Chief is appointing the city's first ever liaison with the gay and lesbian community.

Equality Cincinnati Board President Matt Murray says it is extremely encouraging that Chief James Craig is appointing an officer as the police liaison for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

"It's to build a comfort level with the LGBT community to know that if they need these safety departments they can do it without discrimination and feel comfortable that they're going to be treated fairly and equally."

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Ohio academic data is now out after being delayed by a student-attendance investigation. Cincinnati dropped a category from Effective to Continuous Improvement. Superintendent Mary Ronan has a plan to improve the district's academic report card.

"We really would have liked to have stayed effective but in order to do this our performance index or final grade would have to be 90 and it was 88.5."

Ronan says the district's focus is now firmly on implementing new and more rigorous academic standards.

Wooten is saying goodbye to the Cincinnati Zoo. The 630-pound manatee will soon be headed to his native Florida. Next month he'll return to the wild as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. Wooten has been at the Cincinnati Zoo for the last two years.

See a video of Wooten here.

Last year another zoo manatee, Illusion, was released. The Cincinnati Zoo still has one manatee. Right now there are no plans for Betsy to leave.

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