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 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 Japan and South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS.



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Music Hall
10:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Music Hall and Union Terminal supporters pack meeting

More than 1,000 people turned out for a public hearing in Sharonville. At issue is whether Hamilton County Commissioners will put a proposed sales tax increase on the ballot to pay for renovations to Music Hall and Union Terminal.
Ann Thompson WVXU

More than a thousand people, most of them in favor of putting a sales tax increase on the ballot, turned out at the first of two public hearings on the issue. The money would be used to renovate the crumbling Union Terminal and pay for upgrades at Music Hall. 

There was passion on both sides of the issue during the three hour meeting at the Sharonville Convention Center. Most agreed the icons should be preserved, but who would and how to pay for it was in question.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Custom designed knee replacements gaining traction

Gary Marcum, who had knee replacement surgery in November, is examined by surgeon Dr. Michael Swank.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Increasingly people are losing interest in the "one size fits all" approach for medical care. Sixty-eight year old Gary Marcum knew he didn't want it when he faced his second knee replacement. The first one was  a partial, but the recovery lasted months and he was in a lot of pain.

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Music Hall
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The Public to speak out on proposed icon tax

A task force says Union Terminal and Music Hall are in desperate need of renovations.
www.saveouricons.org

If the group "Save our Icons" has its way, Hamilton County residents will be able to cast a ballot in November on a proposed 9-year 0.25% sales tax to pay for renovation of Music Hall and Union Terminal. It would  raise the county sales tax to 7%.

The Cultural Facilities Task Force recommended the tax to fund the renovations estimated to be $331 million. Private money is also being raised. Hamilton County Commissioners have until August 6 to put the issue before voters.

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Hunger
12:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Babies benefiting from Children's/Freestore program

A pilot collaboration between Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Freestore Foodbank is making a difference for under-nourished babies in its first two-years, as reported in the online journal Pediatrics.

The problem:

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IRS
4:32 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Tea Party gets go ahead vs IRS

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen visited the Cincinnati office in January.
Credit IRS

UPDATE 7/17/14: Federal Judge Susan Dlott refused to dismiss parts of the Tea Party's lawsuit Thursday against the Internal Revenue Service, meaning it can go ahead. Read about it here.

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