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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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Diagnosing illness in less than three minutes

Mechanical engineer Reg Beer (right) and electronics engineer Gary Johnson test a new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) instrument developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that can process biological samples in less than three minutes.
Jacqueline McBride/LLNL

Have you ever wanted an instant diagnosis? Medical tests can often take hours, days, or weeks to generate results. This can delay medication. Patients face this problem frequently as they wait  for tests on things like the flu and strep throat.

But there is a device developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California that is able to identify germs in less than three minutes. (expected to be on the market in about 5 years)

Watch this video to find out what it is and how it works.

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Parking lease
1:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Back to the courts for Cincinnati's parking lease

Just as the Port Authority is putting finishing touches on Cincinnati's parking plan, the organization opposing it, COAST, has filed a request for a Temporary Restraining Order.

Spokesman Chris Finney says, "When the decision came down from the Court of Appeals, and the City Manager signed the lease, he made material changes to it without Council approval." Finney says he is not permitted to do this so "council either needs to re-vote, or the lease must be enjoined." (stopped by judicial order)

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Anti-bullying
6:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Jetset Getset music to empower bully victims

Members of Jetset Getset. From left: Tori Little, Avery Eliason and Sadie Loveland.
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A popular country music band based in Lawrenceburg, Indiana is on board to help deliver an anti-bullying message nationwide. Jetset Getset's song "Stronger," has been selected as part of PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center campaign to be used as part of a school education program.

Here are some of the lyrics:

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

What happens to your digital life after you die?

As of August, 2013 statistics show there are more than

  • one billion people using Facebook
  • 500 million on Twitter
  • 1 billion uploading and watching YouTube videos
  • 200 million with a Pandora account
  • 238 million on LinkedIn.

Those numbers are increasing daily and so is your data. CEO and founder of LifeCellar.com Stephen Bulfer estimates we will each create 88 gigabytes of data by age 75. According to Digital Beyond bloggers John Romano and Evan Carroll  

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Parking Lease
6:09 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

What you need to know about the parking lease

Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority has unveiled a series of recommended changes to Cincinnati's controversial parking lease.

You'll have to pay until 9pm if you park in this grid:

(OTR Zone)

  • Central Parkway to Liberty
  • Elm St. to Walnut

(Downtown Zone)

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