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.

Ways to Connect

photo from LKF Designs

Even on a rainy day you can see the splash of color added to a concrete wall in East Price Hill.

Texas141 / Wikimedia Commons

Two weeks after Miami Valley Hospital discovered lead in the city water supply for two of its buildings, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency confirmed the water is safe to drink again.

Miami Valley says it will now discontinue its use of bottled water.

Cincinnati Zoo (taken by a drone)

Henry the hippo has said goodbye to the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri and is now at the Cincinnati Zoo. Henry, 34, described as "one of the most charismatic animals at the zoo, is joined by a 17 year old female, named Bibi. .A new exhibit will open July 21st. In order to house them the Cincinnati Zoo had to build an elaborate water filtration system, as described in this story which originally aired last summer.

Here's an encore presentation of the report:

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Phase One of the Ark Encounter, the largest free-standing timber frame structure in the world, will open for business July 7, 2016. The attraction, portraying the Bible's account of Noah and the flood, gave media and supporters a sneak peak Tuesday.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Four Japanese institutions have announced they will collaborate to cure age-related macular degeneration using banked stem cells. Scientists will take cells from donors and implant them into twenty patients with the disease, at a fraction of the cost of using the patient's own cells.

University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees Chair Rob Richardson has named the people who will oversee the search process for a new UC president.

Macy's Names New CEO

Jun 23, 2016
Provided / Macy's

Macy's, Inc., with headquarters in Cincinnati and New York, has named a new CEO. In 2017, Jeff Gennette will replace Terry Lundgren, the company's head since 2003. Gennette, 55, was named President of Macy's, Inc. in March after serving as Chief Merchandising Officer since February 2009.

National Weather Service

Update 6/23/2016 1:15 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Wilmington is confirming a tornado hit Clinton County early Thursday morning. The service says the storm had maximum wind speeds of 80 miles per hour.

WCPO

The former Metro bus driver who hit and killed a man in Hyde Park earlier this year, accepted a plea deal Wednesday morning.

Hamilton County Prosecutors agreed to drop vehicular manslaughter charges if Tyrone Patrick pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. That's a first degree misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of up to 6 months in jail.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

During a brief farewell address to the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees, Tuesday morning, President Santa Ono teared up, saying, "It's been an extremely meaningful time for me and my family and it's not going to be easy to say goodbye."

Street Reach

Greater Cincinnati social worker Rachael Winters and Northern Kentucky University students Justin Hill and Brittney Kane have developed an app that is designed to get homeless people the help they need and off the streets.

Cincinnati VA Medical Center

After separate meetings this month with new acting director Glenn Costie and UC Health, Rep. Brad Wenstrup says the Cincinnati VA Medical Center could become a national model for public-private partnership, if certain changes are made.

"I came away from my two meetings feeling that we could sit down at some point and work things out between the two and establish parameters and establish a set of rules," according to Wenstrup.

There's a buyer for a local historical landmark.

Cincinnati Gardens has entered into a contract to sell its real estate to the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, including the main arena, an adjacent skating center and three parking lots. In all it's 20 acres.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Four years and $200 million later, The Kenwood Collection is taking shape.

The building, once an eyesore off I-71 and plagued with legal problems, is more than 80 percent leased. CEO of PECO Real Estate Partners (PREP) Michael Phillips, describes the space as interactive. 

The Cincinnati Public School board has voted to begin discussions with a charter school company called Phalen Leadership Academies. An agreement could lead to a new school.

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