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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CPS
6:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

CPS proposed budget to increase tech spending

The proposed 497-million dollar budget relies heavily on passage of the renewal levy this fall. That 10.26 mill levy brings in 25% of the budget.

Monday at 6:00 p.m. Treasurer Diana Whitt will give the specifics at a public hearing. Spokeswoman Janet Walsh says the district is moving toward each student having his or her own portable computer.

Walsh says, "We've actually piloted bring your own devices, so it will vary from school to school but the overall goal is to ensure every student has access to their own device."

The goal is to personalize learning:

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Brent Spence
3:39 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

McConnell proposes bridge solution, not everybody buying it

Michael Keating

At the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Friday, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell spelled out his solution for paying for a new Brent Spence Bridge. The Republican says he will propose repealing the Davis-Bacon Act that requires the government to pay the local prevailing wage for federal projects.

By getting rid of this requirement, McConnell says, it will provide $13 billion to the Brent Spence  and other bridges in need of repair over a ten year period.

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Ohio River
6:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

"Pep rally for the Ohio River"

Geese join kayakers on their sunrise float for Paddlefest 2013.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Plenty of people will be making waves in and around the Ohio River this weekend, whether it be in a clean-up capacity or participation in America's largest paddle event.

Ohio River Sweep

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

New UD lab proves this is not your grandfather's radar

The equipment at the University of Dayton's new Mumma Radar Laboratory was all custom built.
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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Price Hill
5:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Round one goes to police in East Price Hill

This apartment building at 3216 Warsaw (diagonal from the police station) was where the SWAT team started this series of arrests, by executing a search warrant Tuesday.
Ann Thompson WVXU

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.

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