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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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

UC students help track nuclear material

Dr. Henry Spitz: UC professor of nuclear and radiological engineering discusses nuclear forensics with students.
Ann Thompson WVXU

International nuclear weapons inspectors are preparing to get a closer look at two Iranian facilities long suspected of having the capability of producing nuclear weapons. An agreement worked out Monday, with the International Atomic Energy Agency, failed to gain access to one of the most controversial sites, the Parchin military site, southwest of Tehran. The New York Times reports:

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Saks
11:07 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Saks Fifth Ave. will move to Kenwood

A rendering of the Kenwood Collection, to now include Saks.
Phillips Edison

Update:  Cincinnati officials react:

Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld tweeted "Yes, it would have been nice to keep @Saks in the City, but I remain very bullish about Downtown. Our momentum will continue to snowball"

DCI President David Ginsberg says, while sad to lose Saks to Kenwood, the Race Street Corridor is undergoing a lot of change and he sees more development coming downtown.

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Tasers
4:37 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Hamilton County police release Taser guidance report

Amnesty International's May 2013 report says the number of Taser deaths since 2001 nationally total 540.
Taser International

It was this report, released by attorney Al Gerhardstein a year ago, that helped prompt the Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police to study Tasers and issue a guidance report. Chairman of the committee that wrote the report, Joseph Lally, stresses his group did not have any intention of establishing a blanket policy.

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Neil Armstrong
2:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

UC signs NASA agreement, keeps Armstrong legacy alive

From left: UC President Santa Ono signs the NASA agreement with NASA's Tom Davis looking on.
Ann Thompson WVXU

UPDATE:

At a media unveiling Wednesday UC researchers spelled out the specifics of the agreement with NASA. The Space Act Agreement, signed with NASA's Ames Research Center in California, clears the way for collaboration in four key areas:

  • Intelligent Systems and Structures (unmanned aerial vehicles)
  • Nanomedicine and Biomedicine
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Analytics and Cyber Security

UC students will also have access to the Ames wind tunnel, the largest in the world.

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Focus on Technology
9:51 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Ohio bioscience companies chart roles for future

AssureRx continues to expand. It's housed in the Mason Community Center.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Key stakeholders in Ohio's bioscience industry just wrapped up a two day conference in Columbus where they charted their roles for an expanding future. BioOhio President and CEO John Lewis says the goal this year was to get more companies engaged and realize the resources available to them in Ohio.

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