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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Northern Kentucky
11:37 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Environmental educators seeing green in NKY

An effort is underway to create an urban greenway from the mouth of the Licking River to the I-275 Loop.
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.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Are smart guns the next silver bullet?

This 9mm, developed by NJIT, is still in the lab and awaiting commercial funding.
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."

Foreclosures
12:01 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Ohio #4 for owner-vacated foreclosures

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

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.

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Tasers
1:43 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Taser lawsuit ultimately wants police reform

Corey McGinnis died after being Tased June 26, 2012.
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.

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Solar plane
2:04 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Solar Impulse to make surprise stop in Cincinnati

The Solar Impulse lands at Lunken.
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

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