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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Interim Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac visited District One's roll call Thursday afternoon and gave officers a pep talk as they were beginning their shifts. Isaac was appointed Interim Chief after Jeffrey Blackwell was fired Wednesday.

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The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department says because of a visible increase in the number of drivers under the influence of drugs, it is starting to keep track of drug impaired drivers. Sergeant Mike Tarr says this will help the department know where and when to patrol.

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If you're staying home this Labor Day weekend you're in the minority. According to AAA, 88 percent of Ohioans (1.6 million) will be hitting the road sometime before Monday. Nationwide 35.5 million Americans will do the same.

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Kharkiv, Ukraine, one of Cincinnati's sister cities, and a city known for the manufacturing of machinery and electronics, is trying to become more energy efficient.

A delegation of government workers traveled to the U.S. to learn how Greater Cincinnati recycles, uses solar energy, filters water, and generates heat and electricity.


Update 10:50 p.m.: Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffery Blackwell says votes of no confidence are not uncommon in police departments.  Blackwell says he's been told it's never happened in Cincinnati, and he felt it was important to respond.  Blackwell says he has worked diligently for the city and for the department.

A Do-Over For Gateway

Sep 1, 2015
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UPDATE 09/01/15: In a meeting described as low-key, The Gateway Community and Technical College Board of Directors approved the evaluation of President Ed Hughes and sent it to KCTCS President Jay Box.

ORIGINAL POST: The Gateway Community & Technical College Board of Directors will try again Tuesday to evaluate President Ed Hughes.

In case you haven’t noticed, some really big equipment has been moving into the Children’s Hospital Liberty Campus and its impact for cancer patients could be huge.

The New Children's/UC Health Proton Therapy Center, scheduled to open in the winter of 2016-2017, has giant equipment that can zero in on a 3D image of a tumor and "spray paint" the cancerous cells with radiation without damaging surrounding cells.

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The Cincinnati Zoo's Sumatran rhino, the only one on public display in the world, will leave the Zoo permanently  in October to live in Indonesia.


The scene at Fairview-Clifton German Language School, and other popular CPS schools, in years past was all too familiar. Parents of would-be kindergartners camped out for days in the first-come first-served application process to assure their child would be enrolled at their preferred school.

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The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is testing new technology that may be used at the Western and Southern Open next year. It's an iPad loaded with real-time data (from the chair umpire and Hawk-Eye) that coaches may take with them during on-court coaching sessions.

While the technology may seem basic to some, tennis is traditional and slow to change. The men's circuit doesn't allow on-court visits by coaches, so it is not part of this technology roll-out.