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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Kentucky Speedway
12:31 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Area police talk smack while preparing for Kentucky Speedway race

The "Top Cop Challenge," part of Police Memorial Week, is May 16th at the Kentucky Speedway.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

"Let the games begin," said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones and Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig. Listen to them talk smack at a news conference Thursday as they announced the Kentucky Speedway's First Top Cop Challenge, May 16th, as part of Police Memorial Week.


Officers representing Cincinnati, Butler County, Hamilton County, Florence, Lexington, Gallatin County, Oldham County and the Kentucky State Police will open the competition with a two-officer team.

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James Craig
11:28 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Chief Craig says Detroit decision will come "soon"

Chief James Craig (left) and members of the Butler and Hamilton police departments at a Thursday news conference about a Kentucky Speedway race.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati Police James Craig said Thursday morning he is interested in taking the Detroit Police Chief job if it is offered.


"I'm excited about the probability of going to Detroit and becoming the police chief. I'm very excited about that."


He made those comments at a news conference announce a Kentucky Speedway race with various police and sheriff's departments.


When WVXU asked about a timetable he said he didn't know, but, "I'm sure it is going to happen soon."

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Nurse staffing shortages
12:01 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Cincinnati Children's study says nurse to patient ratios do matter

Just weeks after Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif, proposed federal legislation mandating nurse staffing levels, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is out with a study on the effect of nurse staffing ratios to hospital re-admissions.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Newts may hold the key to human regeneration

This American Red-Spotted Newt may hold the key to regeneration.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Newts have the amazing distinction of being able to regenerate almost any body part. University of Dayton Biology Professor Panagiotis Tsonis does not know exactly why they do it or how they do it, only that they can do it. He wonders if the human body, where regeneration genes have apparently been silenced, can be turned back on. Tsonis thinks studying the newt's eye lens is the key and is involved in a research project now to learn more. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

Cincinnati Zoo
3:48 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Celebrate as My-Thai the elephant turns 40

My-Thai enjoys her "cake"
Ann Thompson WVXU

My-Thai, the Cincinnati Zoo's 40-year-old Asian elephant, didn't waste any time knocking her "cake" over and breaking it up. It wasn't long before My-Thai started to devour the cake, brought in by a forklift, and made of frozen gelatin, Kool-aid and mountains of fresh produce and fruit.

Happy reunion

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