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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Smartphone theft
5:12 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Outsmart Smartphone Thieves

(center) Assistant Chief James Whalen and (left) Acting Police Chief Paul Humphries
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Smartphone theft is on the rise, in part because criminals can resell the devices for up to $150 a piece.

Police say nearly 900 smartphones were stolen from January to June, a 10% increase from last year. iPad thefts are up 71%.

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Speed cameras
5:32 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Local lawmakers get look at Elmwood Place's cameras

(from left) Representatives Wes Rutherford (R-Hamilton), Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) and Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati) get a look at the confiscated Elmwood Place cameras.
Ann Thompson WVXU

UPDATE: WVXU received an email from Optotraffic saying "Elmwood Place and Optotraffic vigorously dispute the charge (that they violated the judge's order) and are anxious to present evidence to that effect."

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Three very tall cameras, confiscated from the Village of Elmwood Place, are being stored at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Patrol Division. Three local lawmakers visited the cameras Wednesday to get a closer look and reiterate their opposition.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Getting weight loss down to a science

Dr. Habegger, assistant reasearch professor at UC, illustrates different kinds of weight loss surgeries.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Scientists are just beginning to learn how the body’s hormones are programmed to melt away fat. More hormones in combination with minor surgery may be the solution for the obese. 


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Kenwood Collection
4:35 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Traffic relief around Kenwood malls

Rendering of the Kenwood Collection.
Phillips Edison

The former troubled Kenwood Towne Place, now known as Kenwood Collection will open in the spring of 2015. As it takes shape, Sycamore Township is being proactive to prevent traffic problems.

You don't have to remind Township Board President Tom Weidman how backed up traffic can get in Kenwood around the holidays. He says, "From the first day after Thanksgiving to sometime in January we all have to coexist down there."

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Mickey Esposito
12:47 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Former sheriff's supervisor gets 6 years

Mickey Esposito has been sentenced to six years in prison
Credit Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

Mickey Esposito, a lounge singer, and former supervisor of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department property room, is headed to prison.

Judge Steve Martin sentenced Esposito to six years in jail on charges of trafficking and theft for stealing  Oxycodone, marijuana and jewelry and giving it to his wife and stepson to sell.

Esposito's wife, Allison Esposito, will serve four years in jail.  Her son, sentenced last Thursday, got two years in prison.

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