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
11:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Crazy, interesting & gross Halloween tech costumes

This is the "iWound" using your smart phone or tablet to animate.with Digital Dudz app.
Mark Rober, Digital Dudz, Morphsuits

Need a last minute idea for a Halloween costume that could light up the party, and in some cases, gross out your friends? Ray Cappel, co-owner of Cappel's, costumes, party decorations & supplies in Cincinnati, says if you know how to accessorize, you can make your costume very unique. He pulled a few technology-related items off the shelf and suggested:

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Focus on Technology
2:30 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

New math needed to quantify big data?

Big data is everywhere and it's getting more complex. Mathematicians seem to think we have effective ways to analyze it, but are still in need of developing the tools to reach conclusions. Just look at what happened as people tried to sign up for the online insurance marketplace. Computer code glitches shut it down and President Obama promised a tech surge for the problem.

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Gay marriage
1:53 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

"Marriage equality crusader" -John Arthur dies

John Arthur (on the stretcher) and Jim Obergefell get married on a Maryland tarmac in July.
Credit Baltimore Sun

A terminally ill Cincinnati man, who traveled to Maryland to marry his partner, has died. John Arthur married Jim Obergefell in July on the tarmac because Arthur, who had ALS, was too sick to get off his stretcher.

Court case continues

Shortly after they married, the couple filed a federal lawsuit challenging Ohio's marriage law, in part so they could be buried together in Arthur's family plot.

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Cincinnati Reds
11:12 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Reds confirm Bryan Price as new manager

Bryan Price at a news conference announcing he is the new Reds manager.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Update:

Bryan Price says this is a "huge moment" being named the new Reds manager. The first thing the former pitching coach says he will do is gain a better understanding and appreciation of where the team is now and where it wants to go. During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Price did not announce any major changes with the team. He was asked about closer Aroldis Chapman will be converted to a starting pitcher.

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MSD
6:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

New urban waterway to make South Fairmount flow better

This building, near Queen City Ave. and Ekardt, is one of 20 being demolished in Phase I to make room for a new urban waterway in South Fairmount.
Ann Thompson WVXU

In the next few years, Westside residents will get some relief from flooding and sewer runoff.

Demolition is underway in South Fairmount for what will become a green space to capture rainwater, hold it back and not let it get into the combined sewer right away.

The problem

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