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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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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The Midwest Project
4:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Bengals tailgate hand-out prompts Cincinnatians to continue giving

(from left) Kenneth Bibb, Jason Chapman and Rodrigo Williams.
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Jason Chapman, a 29-year-old Union Institute & University enrollment counselor, remembers tailgating before a Cincinnati Bengals game last year.  He was with his friends, having a great time and eating lots of food. There were plenty of leftovers and when spotting some people in need on the other side of the fence he decided to offer them a plate of food.

Chapman was apprehensive. What if they were offended by the offer of food? What if fellow tailgaters disapproved of the generosity?

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Public Safety
1:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Drones may help patrol Lebanon prisons

File image of an unmanned aerial system.
Ann Thompson WVXU

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is considering the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to help patrol the grounds surrounding two Warren County prisons.

In a release, the state says:

"UAS technology could add an additional layer of security to help maintain the safety of the surrounding community and the prisons by bolstering existing perimeter security, preventing and detecting attempts of contraband entering the prison, and enhancing the monitoring of inmates who are approved to work outside the secure perimeter of the prison. "

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Google takes a closer look

Skybox

Peering down to earth from one satellite now and eventually 24, Google is expanding its view, and some say its influence in the universe.

In June Google bought Skybox Satellite for $500 million. Images from the high resolution satellite are updated daily and users with special software can zoom in on things like crops and construction or see how full oil containers are at a Saudi oil field.

Take a look at one such example where the Burj Khalifa skyscraper casts a shadow over Dubai.

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