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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Ferrari case
2:51 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Ferrari with Cincinnati ties to be auctioned off in London

The refurbished Ferrari 375 Plus in Italy
Swaters

One of the world's rarest race cars, which could be worth as much as $15 million, is scheduled to be auctioned off in London next month, as part of a court settlement. In its time, the Ferrari 375 Plus was the fastest car on the track. The company made only six of them and just four are thought to still exist.

Green Township owner reported it stolen in 1988

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Molecular Velcro makes surfaces harder, smoother

Borg Peptide (the gel) Covering Stainless Steel as seen through an Electron Microscope.
Arch Biopartners

Imagine a world where a spray-on gel could make make cars and boats corrosion-proof, airplanes more aerodynamic, the flow in wastewater treatment plants faster and prevent surfaces from harboring bacteria.

That protective coating, invisible to the naked eye, may not be too far away according to Arch Biopartners. Within two years, principal scientist Randy Irvin says the initial application will be a methanol-based spray

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Home Sales
1:35 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Good time to sell a house

Home sales are continuing their double digit climb in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. For more than two years sales have increased.

In Cincinnati they edged up 31% from last July to this July. In Northern Kentucky it was 32%. The average selling price in Cincinnati is $179,000, up 8% from a year earlier.

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Homelessness
5:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

More Greater Cincinnati families homeless

Credit Giorgio Conrad

New numbers suggest more families are becoming homeless in Greater Cincinnati. The five shelters who serve them (Bethany House Services, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, Mercy Health at St. John's, The Salvation Army and the YWCA) report a 31-percent increase in the number of calls to a help line in the past year.  

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Foreclosure
12:01 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Cincinnati/Middletown: Bottom 20 for real estate recovery

These foreclosed homes in Evanston are decreasing area property values. Evanston is part of a pilot program where banks are held responsible for cutting the grass and taking care of the properties they own.
Credit Jay Hanselman / WVXU

In its first-ever Housing Market Recovery Index, RealtyTrac reports the Cincinnati/Middletown market is in the  bottom 20 markets which lag the real estate recovery nationally. (among the 100 markets ranked by RealtyTrac)

The index was calculated based on these seven different factors:

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