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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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Would you go to Mars?

Mars One plans to have the 1st inhabitants on the Red Planet by 2023.
An artist's rendering for Mars One

Ten years from now a crew of four people may just be getting used to the Red Planet. Eventually up to 40 people could populate a colony on Mars. Would you go? 

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Voter fraud
11:49 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Former poll worker gets 5 years for voter fraud

Melowese Richardson is led away in handcuffs.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Melowese Richardson, the former Madisonville poll worker found guilty on four counts of voter fraud, was sentenced Wednesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. 

Calling her "nothing more than a common criminal," Judge Robert Ruehlman gave Richardson five years in prison for voting twice for herself and three times for her sister who has been in a coma since 2003.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Online reputation damage control

The Moerlein Lager House now has an employee who constantly monitors social media and immediately brings any unwanted publicity to the boss's attention. It's been that way since the restaurant was embroiled in controversy more than a year ago when it took out full page ads calling itself "Wrigley South."

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

How Mason became a magnet for high-tech companies

Mason Economic Development Director Michele Blair, City Manager Eric Hansen and Steve Osborne of Topgun collaborated to create the Mason Tech Center.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

The City of Mason is quickly becoming a magnet for high-tech companies.   Faced with challenging economic times and competition from neighboring cities, Mason decided to get creative to target these sectors:

  • Biohealth
  • Biohealth IT
  • Digital IT

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Star Trek-like Tricorder in the works

UC researcher Jason Heikenfeld, center, tests the sweat-sensor communication with a smart phone. At right is student Daniel Rose. At left is Dan's brother, Roger Rose.
Dottie Stover, University of Cincinnati

The first step in developing a Tricorder device may only be a few years away. UC researcher Jason Heikenfeld is testing his band-aid like patch. With just a few drops of sweat, it will monitor health and diagnose disease on people and in the lab using artificial skin that mimics sweat. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

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