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

Michael Keating / WVXU

In its heyday the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport saw Delta offer 670 daily flights with direct service to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Rome and Paris.  But that was 2005 and this is now.

Today passenger flights total 178 a day with one international flight to Paris.

Baltimore Sun

Federal Judge Timothy Black has decided to issue a permanent injunction in the case of John Arthur and Jim Obergefell, and William Ives and David Mitchener, meaning same-sex unions have to be recognized on death certificates in Ohio. The Attorney General's Office says it will appeal.


Bike Share, the increasingly popular membership program allowing riders to check out bikes at multiple locations around town, is anticipated to open up in Cincinnati this summer.

New Executive Director of Cincy Bike Share Jason Barron says, "this is not just for bike enthusiasts...going to a meeting, running an errand, or going to lunch will be a lot more accessible from the time standpoint." He's now in the fundraising stage for the first of what could be three phases:


Tackling the skyrocketing problem of heroin is still on the front burner for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and area lawmakers.

A study released in November said drug overdose deaths have quadrupled in Kentucky since 1999 and now the number is higher than all other states except for West Virginia and New Mexico. Northern Kentucky is seeing more emergency room visits from overdoses and more people dying from overdoses.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, speaking at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, called on the business community to step up and work with the legislature to make the new Brent Spence bridge project happen. "You know, we've got a lot of things that need to be flexible that we need to pull together and work together on."

Consumer Electronics Association

Want to wrap your Christmas gift and New Year's resolution into one? Try a device that keeps track of your every waking (and sleeping) moment. The Fitbit Force and its competing brands, count your steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes. It also monitors how long and how well you sleep and syncs it with your computer and smartphone.

GE Aviation

Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally, challenged by Governor John Kasich to outcompete neighboring states for jobs and capital, points to a plan his agency used with GE Aviation to fast track permits. What normally could take up to 18 months to approve took just five months. Because it was so successful, the system of using six people instead of two to process the permit may be modeled around the state and nation.

GE Aviation's urgency

Ann Thompson / WVXU

State Senator Eric Kearney's life is about to get busier. The Cincinnati 9th district Democrat has been officially introduced as gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald's running mate.

Supporters packed Crowley's in Mt. Adams waiting for the announcement and hung newly printed signs.

Kearney introduced his family and said, "Thank you so much, and Ed, I cannot thank you enough. This is really a great honor for me. I'm very excited and very enthusiastic."

Technology is leveling the playing field for the blind. A British researcher, Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford, has invented a pair of glasses that act like a movie screen.

This BBC video shows how the glasses will work.

Cincinnati is hosting its first underground music festival, featuring Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music Friday and Saturday.  The Ubahn Fest, underneath Second Street, features acts like this: