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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Joseph Fuqua / University of Cincinnati

An increasing number of medical schools are incorporating digital dissections into their curriculum. But the University of Cincinnati is not one of them. It says this is a case where technology is not better. Instructors say a hands-on approach is key.

Primary Health Solutions

School districts and charitable organizations are increasingly realizing offering students medical, dental, vision and behavioral health services all in one place, at school during school hours, is beneficial for those who need it.

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This weekend a group of Cincinnati teachers will learn new ways to teach cursive writing in elementary school, at a time when support for it is waning. Many districts, including Cincinnati Public Schools, don't teach cursive because there is no handwriting component in Common Core.   

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Avure Technologies-pictures,WVXU's Jim Nolan-graphic.

Food scares and an increased demand for organic fruits and vegetables are helping propel interest in high pressure pasteurization. HPP, as it's commonly known, uses ultra-high pressure purified cold water to keep packaged food pathogen-free without the preservatives and can quadruple shelf-life.

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Acid is a weapon of violence in Uganda, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Cambodia and Bangladesh where people attack for a variety of different reasons ranging from marital to political to business disputes.

According to The Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence (CERESAV) there has been a steep rise in the number of cases documented in recent years.

Wikipedia

Even years after being exposed in utero to flame retardants, University of Cincinnati researchers say children can continue to display behavior problems because of the lasting effect on a child's cognitive and behavioral development. Scientists say prenatal exposure to flame retardants is toxic to the developing nervous system.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

A new study of housing inventory in Over-the-Rhine finds the Cincinnati neighborhood has become more economically diverse since 2002, but has lost 73 percent of units available to people in lower income brackets.

Bill Balfour / Escape The Room Challenge

Escape rooms just got even more challenging with the introduction of digital locks.  Instead of locating padlock keys and figuring out combination locks, players must crack computer code at Cincinnati's Escape The Room Challenge. "Double Agent Dilemma" is the newest game and Danny Craven designed a way for players to go from room to room without physical locks.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Hundreds of people braved single-digit temperatures Monday marching from the Freedom Center and Fountain Square to Music Hall for a 90-minute celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

This year's event focused on attracting more young people with music and poetry.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Look for a more youthful presence at this year's Martin Luther King Jr., Music Hall celebration, complete with  lots of upbeat music and poetry, busloads of kids from NKU and UC with attendees taking pictures and tweeting about it.

Organizers decided the old way of doing things, a three hour program with a keynote speaker, was losing people's energy. Board member Christina Brown said, "We weren't sure if young people were connecting to more than just King's image. Did they understand King's ideologies and did they see him as a relevant figure?"

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