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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Physics
6:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Laser sheds new light on molecules at Miami

Laser beams are key in a number of physics experiments at Miami Unversity as students try to better understand the energy transfer process.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Miami University students are mapping out molecular properties with the help of new ultrafast laser technology to better understand energy transfer for processes in collisions between atoms and molecules.

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Cincinnati Zoo
5:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How Indians came to live at the Cincinnati Zoo

There were two groups of Native Americans who lived at the zoo: Cree and Sicangu Sioux.
Enno Meyer Cincinnati Museum Center

In the late 1800's Cincinnatians loved Indians and Indians loved Cincinnati.

Wild West shows at the end of the 19th century were big because the frontier had disappeared and people were enamored with all things Indian. So when a Wild West show in Bellevue, Kentucky closed up, and Cree Indians from Montana were stranded, the Cincinnati Zoo came to the rescue, as far as the Native Americans were concerned.

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Movies
2:24 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Cincinnati cashes in on the movie making industry

Christmas Spirit filmed in Lebanon last year.
Credit Greater Cincinnati & NKY FIlm Commission

The movie business is bringing millions to the Tri-State, according to a new study by University of Cincinnati economists.

Carol, Miles Ahead and the A&E television series Renovation Row, all filmed in 2014, were responsible for adding $45.9 million in direct and indirect spending to the local economy.  The Economic Impact Study was commissioned by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Fixing speech problems by visualizing them

(from left) UC's Dr. Suzanne Boyce works with Jake Goodwin to help him visualize how to better say his "r."
Ann Thompson WVXU

During his elementary and teenage years Jake Goodwin was sometimes overlooked in class. It wasn't that he didn't have anything interesting to say. In fact, the Mariemont High School sophomore has a lot to say, but sometimes he isn't understood. He suffers from a speech disorder that makes it hard to say the "r" sound.

"It always bothered me but after so many years of just no success at changing it I more or less accepted it as part of myself."

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Turkeys
3:47 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Oyler students meet cousins of the pardoned turkey

A Blue Slate and Bronze turkey, part of the presidential pardon flock, look at students from Oyler School as they file by.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Two Ohio turkeys, part of the presidential pardon flock, got a red carpet welcome from students at the Oyler School in Lower Price Hill today. They live in Mercer County in a custom-built barn. On Monday Nobember 24th two others will travel to Washington to meet President Obama.

Some kids were inquisitive and others were scared. Lavar, in a line of second graders to see the caged birds said, "I'm scared. I've never seen turkeys before."

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