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

Ann Thompson / WVXU

DESĪN, with offices in Dayton and Michigan, is introducing  Obi™  the robotic dining companion.

For inventor Jon Dekar it was a very personal decade long project. While in high school volunteering, he watched the disabled struggle as well as his own grandfather who slowly lost the ability to feed himself. "You know, it's one of life's basic needs and it's also a fundamental freedom. It's a very intimate personal experience."

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Bindi, an Australian Koolie, American Bulldog, and Golden Retriever mix, has a happy home with Richard Hussey, as long as she remains an Ohio State Buckeye.

An Ohio State bandana never comes off her neck and she is trained to spin to OH-IO, a popular Buckeye chant.

Hussey adopted the rescue dog a year ago and some months later noticed a growth on her nose was getting larger. The bump was a cancerous tumor.

Michael Keating / WVXU

With the upcoming demolition of the Cincinnati Gardens, eleven high school hockey teams, the Cincinnati Rollergirls and the Cincinnati Curling Club are scouting out new practice facilities.

Hippos Say Hello

Jul 21, 2016
Ann Thompson / WVXU

Henry, the Cincinnati Zoo's new male hippo, did some heavy duty courting Thursday, the opening day of Hippo Cove. He's been by himself for 20 years at another zoo and is now joined by female, Bibi. Zookeepers say, however, she's in charge and tires of Henry chasing her around.

During a panel discussion at the national NAACP convention in Cincinnati Wednesday, Retired Appeals Court Judge Nathaniel Jones criticized Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and John Roberts for their jurisprudence and Congress for its failure to correct the removal of section five from the voting rights act.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

During a vigil on UC's campus marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Sam DuBose, his mother called on the community and the nation to create change through unity.

Audrey DuBose said, "It took my son's killing to wake me up, but I'm woke now, thank you Jesus! And I don't want to see this happen to nobody else's child nowhere."

WCPO and DuBose family

It was one year ago today that a University of Cincinnati police officer shot and killed motorist Sam Dubose. A vigil at UC Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. will include reflections, encouragement and prayers outside the Myers Alumni Center on campus.

Made To Order Skin

Jul 18, 2016

A layer of protective skin may eventually do everything from tightening bags under your eyes, to shielding you from the sun's damaging rays to delivering drugs and vitamins. The product is now under development at Olivo Laboratories. Scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital and Living Proof worked on the product initially.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was in Florence Friday detailing federal legislation to fight heroin and opioid abuse. In just a few days he'll be in Cleveland to speak at the Republican National Convention.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Standing unified at Tryed Stone New Beginnings Church in Bond Hill, members of the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic faiths came together Tuesday to tone down what they call, "irrational racial fear," and take steps toward positive change.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Cincy Red Bike, a bike share system of 50 stations and 385 bikes, is out with its first annual report, calling 2015 a "dream start."

Lisa Ventre / University of Cincinnati

Using the processing power of a $35 tiny computer, a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate's artificial intelligence (AI) program has beaten the Air Force in simulated aerial combat at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

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: