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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Provided / Cincinnati Children's Hosptial Medical Center

Chicago and Buffalo are the latest cities to contact Dr. Scott Wexelblatt, the medical director for newborn services at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, about a program that helps to identify and treat babies exposed to heroin and other drugs.

Made in Space

Building a house on Mars and other out of this world ideas are already in development on earth at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and other small companies like Made in Space.

In December, 2015, on the International Space Station, astronaut Barry Wilmore opened up a 3D printer, launched a year earlier, and pulled out a part designed by Made in Space, a ratchet wrench. NASA demonstrates how it works back on earth.

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In the next few weeks or months the Cincinnati Archdiocese will be distributing materials aimed at getting parishioners to be more green.

The Kenton County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Charles Korzenborn, and School Resource Officer Kevin Sumner are named in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of two students who were eight and nine when "shackled" to control behavior problems last school year.

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A California umpire had one less thing to do July 28 and 29  as a computer called the balls and strikes for an independent baseball league.

The  so-called "Robo Ump"  is a system of three cameras placed strategically on the field and microcomputers in a nearby van, made by Sportvision.

Sinclair Community College

Under strict guidelines from the Federal Aviation Administration, a few U.S. TV stations are airing live drone video. ABC7  says it was the first station in the San Francisco  Bay area to broadcast live from a drone. This month DroneView7 flew over and around Candlestick Park.

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Former state representative and Butler County Commissioner Michael Fox is out of federal prison. He is finishing his four-year sentence in home confinement. His final release date is scheduled for December 15.

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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters now has the police report in the fatal shooting of a motorist by a UC officer. It's the video of the incident that is causing some controversy and the prosecutor says he's not going to release it.

Cincinnati Zoo (taken by a drone)

The Cincinnati Zoo is in the midst of a massive project to make hippos feel welcome and give them a clean place to live.

The clean part sounds easier than it actually is because the dirty little secret about hippopotamuses is they poop a lot. Two of them defecate nearly 1,000 pounds a day. In essence Mark Fisher, vice president of the zoo's facilities, says he has to build a massive toilet that is nice and clean so visitors can view the hippos in an underwater tank.

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The construction company blamed for the death of one of its workers when the Hopple Street overpass collapsed January 19 has now been fined. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Cincinnati office has cited Kokosing Construction for two serious safety violations and fined the company $14,000.

Foreman Brandon Carl, a 35-year-old father of four from Augusta, KY., was crushed to death when the bridge fell on I-75.

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