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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Liquid Assets
4:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Liquid Assets: Cincinnati hopes to cash in on H2O

By the year 2020 the water industry is estimated to be worth $1 trillion.
Ann Thompson WVXU

By the year 2020 the water industry, including treatment, management and infrastructure, could be worth $1 trillion globally. Cincinnati, armed with experts, new technology, and a reputation as a worldwide water leader, is looking to cash in.

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Home Sales
12:55 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Housing market continues to see double-digit increases

Home sales up 24% in Cincinnati

For the 26th straight month Cincinnati homes sales have continued to climb. In August they were up 24% when compared to the same month last year. President of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors Kevin Kelly says, "Our local housing market is very active and properties that are in good condition and are prices right seem to be selling quickly."

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Avian Flu
4:32 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Children's to test new bird flu vaccine

Avian flu

Cincinnati Children's Hospital is taking preliminary steps to protect you from the bird flu.

The hospital is one of nine centers nationwide enrolling people to test an avian influenza vaccine. Even though the virus hasn't been detected in the U.S. and isn't easily spread between people, the lead Cincinnati Children's researcher says he's concerned it might start to spread rapidly and doctors need to be prepared with a vaccine to protect people.

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Focus on Technology
2:14 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Jumpstarting car battery research

Electric cars at a charging station

By 2015 President Obama has said he wants to have one-million plug-in electric vehicles on the road. It’s unclear if that’s going to happen. But slowly researchers are making progress in building a better battery and states are realizing the battery market is a very lucrative one.

This month Ohio State's Buckeye Bullet is trying to break the 400 mph barrier in the salt flats of Utah. It runs on lithium-ion batteries. This is an earlier video when the futuristic car was hitting speeds in the 300s.

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Police Chief
5:41 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Cincinnati police chief introduced

Soon-to-be Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell meets the media.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati's new police chief will be sworn in September 30th. Tuesday afternoon Jeffrey Blackwell met the media with a promise to make the department better. He said, "Certainly I want to bring as much of the innovative work that I've done that I think will fit in the community here without disrupting things too much. As the city manager said, they're on a good course here. I don't want to change it too much. I just want to make it better."

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