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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Opening Day
2:57 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Cincinnati celebrates Opening Day

The crowd is waiting for the parade to come their way.
Sarah Ramsey

It's Opening Day in Cincinnati and it might as well be a major holiday in this baseball-crazed town.

Despite the cold, thousands of fans turned out to line the parade route, party at The Banks, and get into the ballpark early to watch batting practice.

Along Race Street Brandy Adams and her friend were seated hours before the parade began and it turns out, they sit in the same place every year to watch it.

"I don't know, it just kind of happens. We always park in the same spot, it was never done on purpose."

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Findlay Market parade
5:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Hardy Reds fans prepare to line the parade route

2012 Findlay Market Opening Day Parade
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Dress in red, but you'll have to do it in layers, with snow showers and temperatures in the 40's predicted. The cold weather doesn't seem to bother fans, who still line the parade route regardless of the forecast for the 94th annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. 

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Bed bugs
5:15 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Is Cincinnati making progress in the bed bug fight?

bed bug
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Cincinnati Health Department says the number of residents with bed bug infestation is down seven percent since 2009. But at least two members of the Joint Bed Bug Task Force disagree that the city is making real progress.


Ohio Representative Dale Mallory leads the task force and says he's frustrated that Cincinnati hasn't worked hard enough to get bigger decreases. He says the city is still near the top on many U.S. bed bug lists.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Making sure you don't miss a pitch: Gameday and iScorecast

MLB's Gameday (Reds vs Giants)
MLB

Baseball fans expect a lot from their electronic devices both at the Major League and youth level. How is it possible to get nearly real-time information every game for things like landing speed and the nastiness of the pitch? Even coaches of kids teams are using software to keep parents and grandparents up to date remotely. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology," on how programs like Gameday and iScorecast work.


Drugs, Crime and Violence
1:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Author and former CPD officer Howard Rahtz

Howard Rahtz has a fascinating background: 18 years as a Cincinnati police officer, attaining the rank of captain. He also served as coordinator of the SWAT negotiating team and was in charge of the Central Vice Control Section, where his focus was on reducing the assets of drug traffickers. He has put all that experience, plus a degree in rehab counseling, to try and further efforts to take drugs off the streets. He joins Ann Thompson to discuss his latest book, Drugs, Crime and Violence: From Trafficking to Treatment, in which he lays out a method to choke off the revenue stream that supports the drug traffickers.


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