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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Tesla
5:13 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Tesla tests Cincinnati market, car dealers oppose

The Kenwood Towne Center is one of two locations Tesla has in Ohio.
Ann Thompson WVXU

The Ohio Senate is still considering legislation that would prohibit car manufacturers from bypassing the dealer to sell directly to the public.

Tesla Motors is the poster child in this debate and WVXU went to the Kenwood Towne Center where the electric car company has one of two storefront locations in Ohio.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Making solar panels better and cheaper

This is a solar cell made of polymers and graphene, an option that appears to be cheaper and more flexible.
Ann Thompson WVXU

A solar panel is typically made up of lots of silicon cells that together form a circuit. The electrons zip through the panels to create electricity in a very efficient manner. But what if scientists could create the same efficiency in a different material that was cheaper?

Fei Yu, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in materials engineering, is studying how to make polymer solar cells more efficient. Right now their performance is well below the most efficient silicon solar panels.

Why polymers:

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Boxing
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

OTR Boxing Center helps kids deal with life's jabs

The OTR Boxing Center was converted from an old swimming pool at the OTR Recreation Center.
Ann Thompson WVXU

The Over the Rhine Boxing Center is a hit. The shiny new gym, part of the OTR Recreation Center, is getting kids off the streets and teaching them leadership, sportsmanship and ethics, according to the people who run it.

Last year crews converted an old leaky pool at the recreation center into what may be the largest boxing facility in the Midwest. Buddy LaRosa had a lot to do with it. He said, "Our goal is just to provide a second family atmosphere because most of these young men are not from the traditional two-parent homes."

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Covington Audit
11:03 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Former Covington finance director pleads guilty

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen explains how Covington's former finance director allegedly stole $793,000.
Ann Thompson WVXU

UPDATE: Former Covington Finance Director Bob Due  changed his plea to guilty in Kenton County Circuit Court Thursday after pleading not guilty in December. He will be sentenced April 17th.

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February 13th:

An audit from the Commonwealth of Kentucky shows Covington is missing even more money than first thought after allegations the city's former finance director embezzled it. Read the report here.

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

African space agency, a giant leap for some

With a goal of building a space rocket, Uganda now is working on a single-seater plane.
NTV

This fall members of the African Union Commission are scheduled to release their recommendations for an African Space Agency. The feasibility study is chaired by South Africa and includes Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and Algeria.

For some, a space agency is the likely next step. Since 2010 satellite capacity across the continent has almost tripled, helping to fuel Africa's mobile revolution, according to University of Cincinnati aerospace engineering professor Grant Schaffner.

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