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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Convention
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Cincinnati outlines bid for 2016 Republican convention

The 2012 Republican Convention was held in Tampa Bay, FL.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Update: The meeting to pitch Cincinnati for the 2016 GOP National Convention has been postponed, see tweet:

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Newport Aquarium
6:51 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Newport Aquarium studying why shark ray pups died

Sweet Pea is back on exhibit at the Newport Aquarium.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Update:

The executive director of the Newport Aquarium is optimistic that Sweet Pea will give birth again and when it happens he's confident his team will have more information about caring for shark ray pups. Eric Rose says the problem was they were not able to digest their food, and consequently did not put on weight. This was despite efforts to tube feed them with a paste of shrimp, fish and vitamins.

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Northern Kentucky
3:29 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Growing companies say NKY made them feel wanted

Newly Wed Foods, a breading and seasoning company announced a year ago its investing 57 million dollars and will create 115 jobs in Erlanger.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Northern Kentucky's Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (TRI-ED) now has strong numbers to back claims that it continues to attract local, national, and international companies to Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.

The numbers

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Solar
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Cincinnati's solar plan re-energized in 2014

Beekman Street Garage and the Business Development and Permit Center now have solar panels.
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Plans for more solar on city building rooftops in Cincinnati are looking up this year.

Director of the Office of Environment and Sustainability Larry Falkin says the city laid low in 2013 because the value of renewable energy credits was down and some state programs expired. "We think we're back in a situation where the economics work now and we have projects that we're working on and we hope to be able to announce them in the near future."

Falkin says the announcement could come in the next two to three months.

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Manufacturing
4:36 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Manufacturing a new middle class through education

Cincinnati State will now have access to this type of advanced Siemens software to design, simulate and manage products.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Mechanical engineering and industrial design students at Cincinnati State will soon be better equipped to design, develop and manufacture some of the world's most sophisticated products.

Siemens, at its historic Norwood plant, announced it is giving $66.8M worth of Siemens software to Cincinnati State. Governor John Kasich says 500 Ohio companies use Siemens software, including Proctor and Gamble, GE Aviation and Ethicon, and that gives students who know how to use it, an advantage in advancing their careers.

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