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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Procter and Gamble
1:09 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Nine indicted for banner incident at P&G

Credit WCPO

Nine people have been indicted for illegally hanging banners March 4 at Procter & Gamble headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor's office says the nine, from Maryland, Washington DC, Illinois, California and New York, are charged with burglary and vandalism.  If convicted of all charges, they face the possibility of 9 ½ years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The charged:

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Water Quality Trading Credits
4:55 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Does Water Quality Trading help reduce pollution?

Before and after pics of a farm ORSANCO worked with that had a problem with nutrient runoff.
ORSANCO

Tuesday morning will mark the first time companies discharging into the Ohio River Basin can buy interstate water quality credits to help farmers upstream control their pollution.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is facilitating the trading. It says water quality trading is an "innovative market-based approach to achieving water quality goals for nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen."

Here's the thinking

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Gardening
6:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Calling all (potential) gardeners in Madisonville

The 500 Gardens Projects hopes other communties follow its lead based on a handbook it's creating.
Karen Zanger Side Streams

If all goes according to plan, there will be 500 vegetable-producing gardens in Madisonville this spring.

Organizers of the 500 Gardens Project want to make sure nobody has to walk further than their own yard to taste vine-ripened tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. Without a car, many residents cannot get to a grocery store easily.

The goal is that one in ten households plant a garden with the help of volunteers.

To get a garden here's what has to happen:

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Focus on Technology
1:02 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

How millions of tweets boil down to six conversations

As a broadcast station, WVXU's tweets are In-Hub & Spoke.
Marc Smith Social Media Research Foundation

Many people struggle to make sense of Twitter. The constant stream of information containing up to 140 characters can often overwhelm. But believe it or not all the tweets in the world appear to fit into just six patterns.

The Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation studied thousands of tweets over a four-year period and came up with these six different conversational archetypes.

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Cincinnati casino
4:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Belterra Park (River Downs) set to open this spring

Belterra is accepting applications and scheduling interviews now to hire 700 people.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Weather permitting, Greater Cincinnati's newest player in the gaming industry will open in May. A live web-cam allows you to check the progress.

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