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

Licking River Greenway and Trails

Green communities don't happen by accident. That's one of the messages Friday Kentucky environmental educators will discover  as they learn about and visit The Oxbow, The Civic Garden Center, LEED homes, Sanitation District 1 and the Licking River.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Interest in "smart guns," using biometrics and radio frequency technology, has rebounded following recent gun violence. President Obama has included them as part of his plan to reduce such mass shootings. Who makes these guns? How do they work? And will they catch on? Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

Jay Hanselman

A new report released Thursday from RealtyTrac finds Ohio fourth on the list among owners who had vacated 167,680 foreclosure properties nationwide. Vacant foreclosures represent 20 percent of all U.S. properties in the foreclosure process.

Florida was first with 55,503, or 33%. Illinois posted the second highest total (17,672), followed by California (9,802), Ohio (9,723), and New York (9,173).  The tenth largest metro area for vacant foreclosures was the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor area.

WCPO

The family of a Cincinnati man who was Tased and then died last year, has filed suit against the City of North College Hill and one of its police officers.

Attorney Al Garhardstein, representing the family of Corey McGinnis Sr., says Sgt. Ryan Schrand hit McGinnis in the chest after an altercation at a basketball game. Gerhardstein says this happened more than two years after Taser International issued a warning to police to avoid the chest area.

Holly Yurchison / WVXU

Solar Impulse, the world's most advanced solar-powered airplane, is on its way to Cincinnati, a surprise stop because of weather issues in Washington D.C. The carbon fiber plane has a wingspan of 208 ft. (like a Boeing 747),  and weighs about as much as a small car (3,527 lbs.) It can fly day and night without fuel or polluting emissions. It is 80 ft. nose to tail.

See it as it flies

The Federal Aviation Administration has started writing licensing and safety regulations regarding using unmanned air vehicles (UAV’s) for alternate purposes, such as newsgathering, by 2015. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on how these drones may eliminate the need for TV news helicopters.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Greater Cincinnati companies, including Total Quality Logistics (TQL), GE, US Bank and Horseshoe Casino, are learning to better recruit, hire and retain local veterans.

DAAP

Ishinomaki residents are still suffering

For the last two years children in Ishinomaki, Japan have had few places to play. When the tsunami hit in March 2011 waves reached 33 ft. high, killing 3,000 people, destroying 20,000 homes and forcing many of the city's residents to live in shelters, even today, as reported here in The Daily Beast.

WVXU

Part of the President’s plan to reduce gun violence focuses on increased mental health services. Ann Thompson, in “Focus on Technology,” reports on Cincinnati efforts to be pro-active, involving a predictive spit test and photographing the brain.

Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman will remain on the case in a lawsuit against Elmwood Place over use of its traffic cameras. Attorney for the village Judd Uhl claimed the judge's words and actions "convey the impression that the judge has developed a hostile feeling or spirit of ill will..."

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