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 India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS.

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What's missing for customers who've embraced the online shopping experience is the ability to try on clothing and try out items before buying them. Enter virtual reality (VR) and big investments by Walmart, Amazon, Ikea and others.

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In what's believed to be the first dedicated facility at a pediatric medical center, Cincinnati Children's is planning to launch the Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM) to grow human organs.

Dr. Bryan Goldstein, a pediatric interventional cardiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, jumps at the chance to be a problem solver. Two years ago he collaborated with other doctors to save the life of a liver transplant patient. The approach he developed is now being used to save other lives.

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Have you ever wanted to turn down the sound of a TV sports announcer and turn up the crowd noise or hear the coaching? It's possible with 3D audio technology from Fraunhofer available in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Fueled in part by the opioid crisis, an increasing number of grandparents and other relatives need to get custody of Hamilton County children and don't have the legal background needed to fill out all the forms. They are now benefiting from Juvenile Court's new Custody and Companionship Clinic which offers free legal help.

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Beginning in January 2018, Cincinnati Police will dispatch a member of a newly created Women Helping Women special team called DVERT (Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team) to the scene of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes.

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Older adults at The Knolls of Oxford, a continuing care retirement community, are embracing robotic pets. Two pretend cats and a dog now make their home there and don't have any trouble making friends.

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The IRS is agreeing to a settlement in a case alleging Greater Cincinnati employees targeted Tea Party groups for their political beliefs. Plaintiff's attorney Eddie Greim says the government will pay "seven figures" to more than 400 groups to settle NorCal Tea Party Patriots v. Internal Revenue Service.

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The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade will not be on Opening Day next year. Chairman Neil Luken says the market voted to hold it the Monday after the Thursday opening day game because it would be bad for their Easter business.

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Over-the-Rhine residents are putting drug dealers and prostitutes on notice as they partner with police in a renewed effort to clean-up the area.

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More than a month after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, a third of residents are still without drinking water. But a Tri-State water technology non-profit is working to lower those numbers by bringing in purification equipment and training people twice a day.

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Dayton educator Kevin Cornell ("Mr. C") is bringing his lighthearted science lessons to public television this fall. The one-minute segments called "Full STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Ahead" air between kids shows and tease experiments that are later explained in full on a website.

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A University of Cincinnati study shows bariatric surgery can lower a woman's risk of developing cancer by at least a third.

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Update 10:45 a.m.: Nelson Peltz will not be sitting on Procter & Gamble's board of directors. Preliminary results show shareholders have rejected Peltz's board bid. The vote must still be certified.

Cincinnati Children's

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will soon be getting a newly-approved drug that uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer.  Kymriah, as it’s known, gives new hope to the families of kids with leukemia.

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Cincinnati Zoo keepers didn't have any trouble coaxing the hippos to chomp down on pumpkins as part of a preview for "HallZOOween." Fiona and her parents quickly swam over and opened their giant mouths.

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People who plan cities for a living have named Over-the-Rhine one of fifteen Great Places in America for 2017. 

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The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition will use one quarter of a new $400,000 federal grant to predict who might be the next overdose victim and get them into treatment before it happens.

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City of Hamilton

Hamilton city leaders, key stakeholders and a New York City architectural firm hope to make a splash by redeveloping the Great Miami riverfront. Monday night is the first public meeting to create a Riverfront Master Plan.

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Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco is disputing remarks by Fred and Cindy Warmbier to Fox & Friends that their son, Otto Warmbier, was tortured.

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Too often the first contact medical school students have with older adults is in the hospital, the emergency room and at nursing homes. Consequently they may lack an understanding of what makes healthy seniors tick. But in one of the longest lasting programs of its kind, "Tell Me Your Story," University of Cincinnati Medical School students interview retirement home residents to gain a better understanding of their healthcare.

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You may have to pony up more than cash before your horse walks into the Winner's Circle. Increasingly buyers are realizing scientific information is key to determining whether their next yearling will be a super fast 3-year-old.

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Forensic scientists are starting to use a new instrument that can detect synthetic drugs at the nanogram level. That's important, according to Hamilton County Coroner's Crime Lab Director Michael Trimpe, because "Someone doesn't have to take very much before they die. That's why we're having  all these overdose deaths."


After a series of violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, VA, cities across the U.S. are recognizing that big vehicles are an effective and cheap way to keep crowds safe.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green have a few days left to talk smack before leading the World's Largest Chicken Dance Sunday at 1:00 at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.


One of the oldest colleges of pharmacy in the U.S., UC's The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, is now among the most technologically advanced. Thursday afternoon the University of Cincinnati will showcase its newly redesigned Kowalewski Hall complete with a simulated hospital pharmacy and drugstore, interactive lecture hall and an in-house computer repair shop.

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The Preschool Promise Board announced Monday that tuition assistance will be expanded to 3-year-olds at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), or about $48,600 per year for a family of four. Eligible families of 4-year-old children already receive it.

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Acoustics checks are underway as workers finish the $135 million refurbishment of Music Hall months after it began.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will present its grand opening concert program on October 6-7, 2017 with a public open house scheduled October 7.

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A new report says the global 3D printing market will hit $32.3 billion by 2025, an increase of $25 billion. It's easy to see why with the most complicated machines costing as much as $2 million and printing parts for jet engines.