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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Ann Thompson / WVXU

The University of Dayton's new Mumma Radar Laboratory opened, not with bangs, but with lots of blips.

The state-of-the-art facility, in Kettering Laboratories, contains perhaps the most precise radars in the world, accurate to 1/10th of a micron or within a fraction of a human hair. They also don't take a lot of power. Lab Director Dr. Michael Wicks says they only need the power equivalent to 1/100th of a Christmas tree bulb.

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Cincinnati Police didn't have too far to go to begin round one of a crackdown targeting gang members allegedly dealing drugs and guns in East Price Hill.

The SWAT team executed a search warrant at 3216 Warsaw, diagonal from District Three Police Headquarters, where two shootings happened last weekend. That was just the beginning.

By 2:00 Tuesday police say they had arrested 14 of the 29 people wanted.  One involved a car chase into Kentucky.

Gene Kritsky

Ohio's only 13-year cicadas, which were creating lots of buzz a few weeks ago in parts of Brown and Clermont Counties, are now fading fast. The adults will be gone by the end of June and their offspring will be falling from trees and by Christmas will be 8-12" below ground, according to entomologist Dr. Gene Kritsky of the College of Mt. St. Joseph and his website.

Michael Keating

With the aging Brent Spence in the background, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 533 into law Wednesday, as reporters and other politicians looked on.

The bill, which allows Ohio to collect tolls on the bridge, doesn't mean anything until Kentucky drafts and signs similar legislation. In March, the Kentucky House voted 82-7 to prohibit tolls on any federal interstate between Ohio and Kentucky.

Michael Keating / WVXU

CVG is the first airport in the nation to use BlipTrack, designed by Lockheed Martin, to help passengers get through the airport faster.

The mobile tracking system, already used internationally, is now on-line at CVG, allowing the airport and you to know just how busy certain areas are like check-in and security. Lockheed's Director of Global Airports, Martin Bowman, says it discreetly monitors for Wi-Fi signals from mobile devices at areas like check-in and security.


Why are girls hitting puberty earlier. Last fall Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers blamed obesity. Are there other causes? At the time, Children's lead investigator Dr. Frank Biro said environmental and physiological factors also play a role.

Alex Triantafilou

The Hamilton County Board of Elections has appointed a new Director of Elections following the former director's appointment, Amy Searcy, to a judgeship.

Sherry Poland, Interim Director of Elections, and former Operations Administrator, is the new director.

As Operations Administrator, she has successfully administered over 37 elections, including 3 presidential elections.

From a BOE (board of elections) news release:

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says Cincinnati Bell is consolidating its operations at the Atrium II building over the next three years, bringing at least 600 new jobs downtown. The jobs will come from a variety of locations, but primarily Norwood.

The company has signed a letter of intent to lease approximately 220,000 square feet of office space at 221 E. Fourth Street. Under the deal, Bell will maintain its Seventh Street operations center downtown. The company has about 3,000 employees in Greater Cincinnati, with an estimated 652 workers currently based downtown.


Porsche will display its 919 Hybrid LeMans Challenger race car for the first time in the United States at Cincinnati's Concours d'Elegance Sunday, June 8. This "show car" (without an engine) will give car enthusiasts a glimpse of the vehicle that will race at the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans June 14.

The car manufacturer last showed off the sports car at the 2014 Geneva, Switzerland Motor Show.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Nagel Middle School teacher Cortney Van Ausdal wanted to teach her 8th graders about personal checking and savings accounts. Who could she get from the community to come in and talk?

Tweeting or posting on Facebook may get a response but would it be the right person? Would that person be local and would they get back to Cortney in a timely manner? So she turned to a new online engagement platform called Cerkl.