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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Brent Spence Bridge
4:08 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Latest plan: Cost-sharing the new Brent Spence

In 2012 Governors Beshear and Kasich signed an agreement on how the two states would work together to build a new bridge.
Ann Thompson WVXU

When Governors John Kasich and  Steve Beshear hold a news conference in Covington Wednesday afternoon they are expected to elaborate on their plan to share the cost equally between Ohio and Kentucky. 

Many people are also wondering about a toll, something Northern Kentucky business leaders are against, but the governors say is necessary.

A study released in October 2013 projected $1 to $2 for cars; $3 to $6 for light trucks; and $5 to $10 for tractor-trailers.

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Sickle Cell
11:54 am
Tue January 27, 2015

"Major advancement" for sickle cell patients

This image shows a patient's blood screen in which you can see normal round blood cells and the cells that are becoming misshaped and taking on a sickle-like form.
Cincinnati Children's

In what's being called a "major advancement," Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and other researchers around the country say young sickle cell anemia patients have a safer way to manage their disease.

Russell Ware, MD PhD,director of Hematology at Cincinnati Children's says the standard of care is lifetime blood transfusions for those at risk of stroke. But a clinical trial shows the medicine hydroxyurea  is just as good as blood transfusions without the cost and side effects.

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Doctors listen as the brain speaks

Dr. George Mandybur, a Mayfield Clinic brain surgeon, inserts electrodes as part of deep brain stimulation.
Mayfield Clinic

University of Cincinnati biomedical engineers, neurologists and Mayfield Clinic brain surgeons are in the process of creating a sound map for the abnormal brain.

Deep inside the head, groups of neurons make sounds. The doctors will use the sounds to figure out what the problem areas are and how to better treat abnormalities in the brain.

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terrorism
3:49 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Cornell pleads not guilty to Capitol plot

Chris Cornell pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court.
Butler County Sheriff

Chris Cornell, dressed in a gray and black prison jumpsuit, showed no expression when he walked into a federal courtroom to enter not guilty pleas the charges against him.

He did turn around and glance at his family.

The 20 year old Green Township man is charged with plotting to build, plant and detonate pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol and then use firearms to shoot and kill employees and officials  inside.

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

How Cintrifuse is jump starting technology start-ups

Renovation is underway to house Cintrifuse, The Brandery, and CincyTech in one location.
Ann Thompson WVXU

A Cincinnati business-led initiative is quietly giving life to an increasing number of technology start-up companies, improving their chances of becoming financially successful.

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