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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Colerain
5:46 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Federal lawsuit filed against Colerain High School

Parents of four current and former Colerain High School students have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the school violated their kids' rights.
Ann Thompson WVXU

A federal judge must decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit claiming Colerain High School and the Northwest Local School District violated the free speech rights of four students "when they suspended and expelled them for participating in rap music videos and displaying hip-hop hand gestures in photographs taken outside of school hours and posted to personal social media accounts." The lawsuit also alleges discrimination on the basis of race.

The 57-page complaint begins by stating:

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Focus on Technology
12:30 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Getting weight loss down to a science

Dr. Habegger, assistant reasearch professor at UC, illustrates different kinds of weight loss surgeries.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Note: This originally aired on July 31, 2013.

Scientists are just beginning to learn how the body’s hormones are programmed to melt away fat. More hormones in combination with minor surgery may be the solution for the obese. 


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Cincinnati Parks
3:37 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Cincinnati loses Shark Girl to Buffalo

Shark Girl and her sculptor Casey Millard in Cincinnati in August, 2013.

Shark Girl didn't even have time to say goodbye before the Cincinnati sculpture was whisked away to New York. The Buffalo News reports the Albright-Knox Art Gallery bought the publicly-funded sculpture for an undisclosed sum of money from the artist who made it, Casey Millard.

Shark Girl had been displayed along Cincinnati's riverfront.

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Technology
6:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Cleaner air boosts fertility rates at UC West Chester

The new filtration system is on the roof of the Center for Reproductive Health.
Dr. DiPaola UC Health

Doctors say it is something in the air that's helping infertile couples conceive at West Chester Hospital. Ever since the installation of a high-tech air filtration system the UC Health Center for Reproductive Health has seen a 20% increase in fertility for in vitro fertilization.

Medical Director  Krystene DiPaola, MD, says the national average is 40%. In West Chester it's 60%.

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Children's Hospital
6:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Children's surgeons use boy's rib to rebuild his throat

Emmett Rouch and his family are preparing for Wednesday's scheduled surgery at Cincinnati Children's where doctors will use Emmett's rib to rebuild his throat after he swallowed a button battery four years ago.
Kathy Scoffield

Almost four years after an Arizona boy swallowed a button battery that burned his esophagus and trachea, doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, will rebuild his throat so he can eventually breathe without the help of a trach tube and learn to speak more clearly.

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