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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With the opioid crisis continuing to ravage Ohio, the state issued a $10,000 challenge. Tuesday, five winners were announced, including Cincinnati's Kinematechs and a University of Dayton researcher.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researcher Dr. Greg Myer calls preliminary MRI results "very promising" thanks to a protective collar athletes from Seton and St. Xavier high schools have been wearing to prevent brain damage.

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Greater Cincinnati transportation officials want to help drive the future of autonomous and connected vehicles. They are in the early stages of a plan to build a test track and deploy driverless shuttles.

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The Joint Banks Steering Committee has voted to find a developer for a new entertainment venue. In addition, the committee also has put out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a possible master developer for the remaining undeveloped 15 acres of the Banks.

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Cincinnati Park Board President Dianne Rosenberg and her attorney Paul De Marco are claiming victory after a Hamilton County Judge said she can remain in her seat until the Mayor and council members can decide on a replacement.

The flu virus continues to have a grip on the Tri-State in one of the worst outbreaks since 2009. Doctors and scientists are trying to determine if the peak of the season has come but they won't know that for a couple of weeks.

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Ohio researchers are developing a new battery that can last longer between charges, coming as welcome news to iPhone users who recently learned Apple is slowing down older phones to preserve battery life.

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Amazon is out with a pared down list of the 238 proposals from North American cities and it doesn’t include Cincinnati as a finalist. The winner will be home to the company’s second headquarters in North America.

But now, Mayor John Cranley says the city will submit a bid package for Apple Inc.'s planned new campus, which could create 20,000 jobs. 

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The University of Cincinnati has named Maris Herold its police chief, a role she's been filling in the interim. Herold, a former Cincinnati Police Captain, intends to make it a model department.

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Chilly temperatures, icy patches and snowflakes didn't discourage hundreds of people from marching ten blocks through Downtown Cincinnati to proclaim Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of unity Monday.

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Five groups of Seven Hills students who Head of the Upper School Matthew Bolton called, " creative, innovative and flexible thinkers," pitched their inventions January 11, 2018 to a panel of Cincinnati entrepreneurs and CEOs.

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"If Not Now, When?" the theme of Monday's Cincinnati MLK civil rights march, prayer service and commemorative celebration, focuses on Dr. King's message of justice and equality while looking at the challenges of today.

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Northern Kentucky health officials want to ramp up needle exchange programs after the number of drug users contracting HIV infections tripled from 2016 to 2017.

Right now the number is still small. Eighteen people infected reported injection drug use among their risk factors in 2017 compared to only five reports in 2016.

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Studies show the longer the elderly can stay in their homes, the better their quality of life. A new website aims to help them stay there.

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Random drug tests are routine for private schools but few area public schools are doing it, even with the opioid crisis. Among the reasons they give for skipping testing include: it's not the best way to partner with families, there's a lack of scientific data on effectiveness, and the issue just hasn't come up.

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Plans are underway for the second Cincinnati Women's March scheduled for January 20, 2018 at the Freedom Center. At last year's event thousands of women, men and children crowded together at Washington Park to demand their voices be heard by the new Trump administration.

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At a Wednesday news conference just after getting a two-year contract extension, Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis promised fans, "I'm going to work my tail off for them... (and) the City of Cincinnati to win a championship."

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The proposed 1-mill additional tax levy will be one topic Cincinnati Hamilton County Library Board President Bill Moran anticipates he will be asked about at Wednesday night's public forum.

According to Moran, the library needs it.

"The State officials have been telling all the libraries in Ohio that you really need to get local support for your libraries," Moran says. "And frankly, the reduction in funding that we're seeing every year bears that out."

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The oldest white tiger in any accredited North American zoo has died at the Cincinnati Zoo. Twenty two year old Akere lost his battle with oral cancer Thursday.

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In a Dec. 20 memo to members of the Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library Trustees a library committee recommends retaining ownership and re-purposing the North building instead of selling it. The trustees will also put a new levy on the May 2018 ballot. 

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The Kentucky Transportation Department (KYTC) says the consultants it hired to do a bridge study recommend building another bridge across the Ohio River to improve safety and travel on I-71 and I-75 between Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

This would be in addition to the Brent Spence Bridge.

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Wilmington Air Park, with 12 companies and 1,200 employees, is ready to embark on $3 million worth of  improvements in the first quarter of 2018 as it looks to retain its customers, help them expand and position itself for other opportunities.

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Researchers around the world are realizing how easy it is for criminals to manipulate voices and videos to make people look and sound like they are saying things that they didn't really say.

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Bitcoin enthusiasts took what could be the first step Tuesday toward teaching some Tri-state residents about cryptocurrency. CPROP co-founder Adam Koehler and organizer of the "Day for Crypto Conference" hopes this helps position the area as an expert in this technology.

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Three companies are applying for medical marijuana dispensaries in Cincinnati's Columbia Township. Administrator Mike Lemon says the clinics project they could do as much as $50 million in business in three to five years, significantly contributing to the economy.

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Born out of a dream to avoid traffic jams, Workhorse CEO Steve Burns has built an electric helicopter. The Loveland company known for its electric delivery trucks will show off its personal flying machine at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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The University of Cincinnati's Sean Davidson and a team of researchers from around the U.S. and Australia have discovered how HDL (high-density lipoproteins), the so-called "good" cholesterol, is generated. That could lead to the development of new drugs.

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Even though the Cincinnati Reds finished 2017 with one of the worst records in Major League Baseball, at 68-94, fans filled Redsfest dreaming of the day the team will be back on top.

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U.S. Magistrate Michael Newman is proud of his district's Reentry Court, calling it one of the best in the nation alongside Minneapolis. Ten more ex-convicts graduated November 9, 2017, from the program that began in 2012 and continues to see a drop in recidivism.

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Move over scarecrows. Farmers are taking a new look at lasers as a way of scaring away birds who are eating their crops.

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