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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Real Estate
12:01 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Private investors buying up Cincinnati properties

According to RealtyTrac, Cincinnati ranked fifth nationally in December when it came to the cities with the highest percentages of institutional investor purchases. These real estate investors are known as flippers and they buy lots of bank-owned foreclosed properties.

Read the report here.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

UC testing water for fracking contamination

This fracking plant, Utica East Ohio Buckeye Midstream is in the midst of an expansion and close to where Amy Townsend-Small is testing water
Ohio EPA

One of the still hotly contested debates over fracking is whether the practice of extracting trapped gas underground contaminates drinking water. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are using an expensive machine to determine whether, at least in eastern Ohio, any contamination is naturally occurring or from fracking.

There's no shortage of negative publicity when it comes to fracking. Take the 2010 documentary "Gasland."

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Ferrari
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Date set to auction Ferrari with Cincinnati ties

The Ferrari 375-Plus was at once estimated to be worth $15 million.
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To settle a  lawsuit over a rare sports car with Cincinnati ties, Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadel ordered it to be auctioned. That auction of the Ferrari 375-Plus is scheduled for this summer in London. Bonhams, a London auction house, has announced the car, formerly owned by Cincinnatian Karl Kleve, will be sold at The Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 27.

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Martin Luther King Jr.
6:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

MLK Coalition asks: What's your dream?

File photo of the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. march in Cincinnati.
Credit Michael Keating

People remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Cincinnati Monday have a full day to do it.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is hosting the 39th annual King Legacy Awards Breakfast at the Freedom Center. During the 8:00a.m. breakfast six people will be honored for their leadership in strengthening the diversity of the community and for promoting the vision and legacy of Dr. King. 

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Martin Luther King Jr.
12:06 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Following in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr.

(from left) Dr. Nancy Boxill-coordinator of the MLK specialization at the Union Institute and University and PhD student John Soden.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

John Soden was first introduced to Martin Luther King Jr. at Syracuse University in King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

"It changed something in me, the concerns I had about it and it didn't become a sort of thing to go about and tinker with," said Soden.  "I wanted to see a substantial change in very ethically and informed ways."

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