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.

Ways to Connect

Provided / Cincinnati Zoo

Update 05/29/16 at 3 p.m.: The Cincinnati Zoo says it had to make the "difficult decision" to kill 17-year-old gorilla Harambe because tranquilizing was not an option.

Mark Heyne / WVXU

Roads are expected to be jam packed this weekend with almost 90 percent of the more than 38 million Americans traveling by car. In Ohio 1.4 million people will drive to places like Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Carolina beaches.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac offers thoughts and prayers to the Frost family but defends the off-duty police officer who shot and killed 20-year old Terry Frost.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

In the past year and a half the City of Mason has attracted more than $400,000,000 in new biotechnology investment and 2,400 jobs. How did city leaders do it? By laying the groundwork years ago, as reported in 2013 by WVXU.

Update 05/24/16: The Cincinnati Board of Education unanimously approved the resolution Monday night.

Original Post: Members of the Cincinnati School Board will vote Monday night on whether to put an emergency tax levy on the ballot this fall. Board President Erika Copeland-Dansby says the five-year levy, which would produce $48 million annually, is needed.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Key discoveries made by Cincinnati EPA scientists are helping solve lead contaminated water issues across the country and better predict when harmful algal blooms might threaten drinking water.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

You may not realize it but the soil is buzzing with conversation. Plants talk to one other. Some conversations are nice and others are nasty.

Through a fungal network plants can warn each other of pending attacks by bacteria or bugs or they can  send herbicides they manufacture to kill other plants.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History

Kentucky is making a new push to land professional boxing and wrestling events. Chairman of the reorganized Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chad Miller says he'd like to land a big event as early as this fall.

"I am an eternal optimist so I try to go big anytime I do anything."

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Brilliant minds trapped in bodies that don't work are finding their way out with the help of an EEG brain headset like this one.

Brain caps have been around for decades but are now being refined to allow people to do more complex tasks. Take for example Rosemary Johnson who, before a devastating car accident, was a violinist with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Science Alert reports she is now able to compose music with a computer that can read her mind.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has cited Rock Casino Caesars Cincinnati, also known as the Horseshoe Casino, for over-serving a patron who allegedly caused a fatal crash March 20, 2016 along I-275 near Kellogg Avenue.

Pages