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

As of August, 2013 statistics show there are more than

  • one billion people using Facebook
  • 500 million on Twitter
  • 1 billion uploading and watching YouTube videos
  • 200 million with a Pandora account
  • 238 million on LinkedIn.

Those numbers are increasing daily and so is your data. CEO and founder of Stephen Bulfer estimates we will each create 88 gigabytes of data by age 75. According to Digital Beyond bloggers John Romano and Evan Carroll  

Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority has unveiled a series of recommended changes to Cincinnati's controversial parking lease.

You'll have to pay until 9pm if you park in this grid:

(OTR Zone)

  • Central Parkway to Liberty
  • Elm St. to Walnut

(Downtown Zone)


One of the world's rarest race cars, which could be worth as much as $15 million, is scheduled to be auctioned off in London next month, as part of a court settlement. In its time, the Ferrari 375 Plus was the fastest car on the track. The company made only six of them and just four are thought to still exist.

Green Township owner reported it stolen in 1988

Arch Biopartners

Imagine a world where a spray-on gel could make make cars and boats corrosion-proof, airplanes more aerodynamic, the flow in wastewater treatment plants faster and prevent surfaces from harboring bacteria.

That protective coating, invisible to the naked eye, may not be too far away according to Arch Biopartners. Within two years, principal scientist Randy Irvin says the initial application will be a methanol-based spray

Home sales are continuing their double digit climb in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. For more than two years sales have increased.

In Cincinnati they edged up 31% from last July to this July. In Northern Kentucky it was 32%. The average selling price in Cincinnati is $179,000, up 8% from a year earlier.

Giorgio Conrad

New numbers suggest more families are becoming homeless in Greater Cincinnati. The five shelters who serve them (Bethany House Services, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, Mercy Health at St. John's, The Salvation Army and the YWCA) report a 31-percent increase in the number of calls to a help line in the past year.  

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

In its first-ever Housing Market Recovery Index, RealtyTrac reports the Cincinnati/Middletown market is in the  bottom 20 markets which lag the real estate recovery nationally. (among the 100 markets ranked by RealtyTrac)

The index was calculated based on these seven different factors:

Sarah Ramsey

Enforcement of new mercury standards for industrial and wastewater treatment plants along the Ohio River may be delayed and that has environmental groups concerned.

Documents show there are dozens of companies and municipalities with mercury monitoring requirements that dump into the Ohio River.

Mercury levels based on Great Lakes

Economic Impact

An estimated 3,000 police officers from as far away as Ireland, are in Cincinnati for a convention that begins Monday and continues through Friday. The Convention and Visitors Bureau puts the economic impact at $4.5 million and contracted hotel room nights of more than 15,000 in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.