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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Same-sex
11:50 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Cincinnati same-sex couples plan to test judge's ruling

The out-of-state marriages for these four couples, who sued on behalf of the birth certificates of their children, will be recognized.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Federal Judge Timothy Black ruled as he said he was going to, striking down a portion of Ohio's gay marriage ban that blocks recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states. (there is a stay on the order except for the four couples involved. Attorney Al Gerhardstein says the earliest the stay would be lifted is Wednesday.)

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Same-sex
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Judge scheduled to "officially" rule in same-sex case

Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Monday is the day Federal Judge Timothy Black says he will rule in the case of four same-sex couples who want to get their names on their children's birth certificates.

Their request goes beyond what attorney Al Gerhardstein had originally asked in the February lawsuit. He broadened it to request the judge strike down a portion of Ohio's gay marriage ban, passed by voters in 2004.

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Library
4:09 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Library will build new (or renovate) libraries at 3 branches

The 10,000-square-foot house on the National Register of Historic Sites will replace the 2,500-square-foot storefront occupied by the Clifton Branch for more than 50 years.
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library is planning groundbreakings later this month at three of its branches. Clifton, Reading and St. Bernard will all get new or renovated libraries in 2015.

The three branches will have expanded collections, computer labs, meeting and program rooms and individual study rooms.  All were designed for energy efficiency, and LEED certification is being pursued for both Reading and St. Bernard.

From the library's news release:

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Recycling
12:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Hamilton County recycling up a storm

Rumpke workers sort at the state-of-the-art recycling center
Credit Emily Wendler / WVXU

Mariemont, Madeira and Wyoming led the way as Hamilton County recycled nearly 41 tons of metal, glass, plastic and paper last year.

That's an average of 245 pounds per household.

Rounding out the top ten were Montgomery, Glendale, Terrace Park, Amberley Village, Indian Hill, Evendale and Blue Ash.

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District estimates the recycling:

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Same-sex marriage
6:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Federal Judge says he will declare Ohio's gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Nicole Yorksmith and wife Pamela want to be listed on their children's birth certificates and are among same-sex couples suing Ohio.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Update: Federal Judge Timothy Black says he will issue a ruling by April 14 striking down a portion of Ohio's gay marriage ban passed by voters in 2004. Attorney Al Gerhardstein, representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit about birth certificates, amended his request to ask Black to declare all aspects of Ohio's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. (except the part about getting married in Ohio, because his clients were already married) In federal court Friday morning, the judge said he would do that.

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