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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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Fixing speech problems by visualizing them

(from left) UC's Dr. Suzanne Boyce works with Jake Goodwin to help him visualize how to better say his "r."
Ann Thompson WVXU

During his elementary and teenage years Jake Goodwin was sometimes overlooked in class. It wasn't that he didn't have anything interesting to say. In fact, the Mariemont High School sophomore has a lot to say, but sometimes he isn't understood. He suffers from a speech disorder that makes it hard to say the "r" sound.

"It always bothered me but after so many years of just no success at changing it I more or less accepted it as part of myself."

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Turkeys
3:47 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Oyler students meet cousins of the pardoned turkey

A Blue Slate and Bronze turkey, part of the presidential pardon flock, look at students from Oyler School as they file by.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Two Ohio turkeys, part of the presidential pardon flock, got a red carpet welcome from students at the Oyler School in Lower Price Hill today. They live in Mercer County in a custom-built barn. On Monday Nobember 24th two others will travel to Washington to meet President Obama.

Some kids were inquisitive and others were scared. Lavar, in a line of second graders to see the caged birds said, "I'm scared. I've never seen turkeys before."

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Google to take the surprise out of disease

The study, with 175 people, will eventually ramp up to include many more with the help of Stanford and Duke Universities.
Google

Researchers from Google X, Stanford and Duke plan to drill down to the most basic level of the human body. They want to determine what we look like when we're well, so doctors know sooner when we are becoming sick.

Here's how it will work initially:

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Diana Frey
4:11 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Diana Frey out of prison

Diana Frey, flanked by her attorney Blake Somers, headed to court in June 2012 for sentencing
WVXU

The Bureau of Prisons confirms Diana Frey, former president of Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees (CODE) sentenced in 2012 on embezzlement charges, is now on home confinement and will be released March 20, 2015.

Bureau spokesman Chris Burke says Frey was transferred from Alderson prison camp in West Virginia to a Cincinnati halfway house September 22. She began home confinement October 30.

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Same-sex marriage
5:26 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Appeals court finds in favor of anti-gay marriage laws

Crowds of people demonstrated August 6, 2014 outside the federal courthouse while appeals court judges heard arguments, as to why or why not same-sex marriage should be recognized or allowed.
Ann Thompson WVXU

The federal appeals court in Cincinnati has upheld anti-gay marriage laws in Ohio and three other states.

In a break with other circuit court decisions, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati decided two-to-one to uphold lower court rulings against same-sex marriage in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Many are speculating this could lead the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue. And Ohio plaintiffs attorney Al Gerhardstein says he and his clients do intend to ask the Court to do just that.

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