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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Children's
9:58 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Cincinnati scientists create a human stomach in lab

Dr. Jim Wells, principal investigator and a scientist in the divisions of Developmental Biology and Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children’s.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers have perfected a technique they were working on more than two years ago, as reported in this story by WVXU, using pluripotent stem cells to generate functional, 3D human stomach tissue in a lab. Before they generated human intestinal tissue, now that they have made stomach tissue.

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Environment
4:41 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Proposed Anderson Township mine halted

CABOOM has been fighting the proposed mine for six years.
Credit CABOOM

Six years after Martin Marietta filed plans to build an underground limestone mine, the group opposing it, Citizens Against Blasting on Our Miami (CABOOM) found out Thursday it has been successful in its bid to stop the mine.

Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman scolded the Anderson Township Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) for rubber stamping an earlier decision to allow the mine without even reading it. He said, "For these reasons, this court reverses the second decision of the Anderson Township BZA."

Martin Marietta could still appeal.

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Colombia
3:14 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Colombian Ambassador hopes to land more Cincinnati business

Columbian Ambassador to the U.S. Luis Villegas at the Cincinnatian Hotel.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Colombian Ambassador to to the United States Luis Villegas is no stranger to Cincinnati. He lived here 38 years ago while an exchange student at Xavier University. Now the Ambassador is touring the country trying to drum up business for what he calls a "new Columbia," one largely free of the drug-running, crime-ridden country of the past.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Driving simulator useful in getting teens to focus

Nick Miller, Children's Senior Associate Media Relations, agreed to demonstrate the driving simulator.
Ann Thompson WVXU

It's no secret that teens don't get enough sleep on school nights, an estimated five to seven hours a night. They need nine. Researchers say not only does this affect their school work, it affects their driving.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is studying whether adding 90 minutes of sleep a night will  make them more alert and decrease accidents. The study involves driving a simulator and monitoring the mood of the teen while they do it.

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Movies
9:58 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Blunderer set to film in Cincinnati in November

The Blunderer, starring Jessica Biel and Patrick Wilson will begin production November 17 in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati will once again be in the spotlight as "The Blunderer" begins filming November 17.

The movie stars Jessica Biel and Patrick Wilson and will be entirely shot in Greater Cincinnati. The same producers filmed "Carol" here and said, "The Film Commission, the rebate, locations, infrastructure,  and welcoming people of Cincinnati brought us back a second time within one year."

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