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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Newport Aquarium
3:39 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Brave enough for Newport Aquarium's shark bridge?

This shark could be beneath you beginning in April
Ann Thompson WVXU

Shark Bridge, scheduled for a mid-April opening at the Newport Aquarium, is not for the faint of heart.

The attraction features a 100-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge suspended over the waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit's 385,000-gallon tank.

The aquarium says, "It is the only suspension bridge in North America where guests can walk just inches above nearly two dozen lurking sharks."

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Wilmington
3:57 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Karson please come home

Karson has been missing since December 23.
Karson's Facebook page

Karson, the Wilmington police dog, has been missing for three weeks. The department and the community hold out hope the Belgian Malinois will return thanks to continued sightings in Greene County.

Police Chief Duane Weyand says the dog's handler was on vacation December 23 when Karson escaped from a boarding shelter in Wilmington.

Weyand says Karson, who has a Facebook page, is covering a lot of ground. He has been spotted in Cedarville, which is 25 miles away from Wilmington.

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School lunches
12:27 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Rethinking the school lunch

Dayton (KY) High School has a salad bar for its students but is looking to provide more healthy main courses made from scratch.
Ann Thompson WVXU

When students at Dayton High School in Dayton, Kentucky get in the lunch line they are greeted with lots of color. A salad bar filled with carrots, multi-color peppers, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, celery and more. A tall series of wire baskets contain apples, oranges and bananas.

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Dayton leads state in court kiosk check-in

During a busy day at the Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court, the kiosks get a workout.
Ann Thompson WVXU

It’s a busy day in Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court. Dozens of people are waiting for their divorce hearings. Receptionist Sheila Jarvis keeps it running.

Not only does she answer the phone, she answers questions from people filling the hallways while they wait for their hearings. But she no longer has to check people in because this court now has kiosk check-in. Montgomery County is the first to use court kiosks in Ohio.

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Crime
4:57 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Cold keeping criminals in (for a few days)

Michael Keating/Cincinnati Police Dept.

If the frigid temperatures are forcing you to spend more time inside, you can bet the criminals are doing the same.

Cincinnati Police Lt. Col. Jim Whalen has seen it year after year. "Bad guys stay inside. There are fewer opportunities for crime and disorder and therefore fewer incidents occur and fewer people are out and about... that are even available to be victimized."

Whalen says he does see a decline in all types of crime at the onset of drastic weather changes.

The more dramatic the weather the more dramatic the effect.

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