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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Cicadas
6:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Cicadas prepare to say goodbye to Clermont and NKY

The 13-year adult cicadas, in their heyday just a few weeks ago, will be gone by the end of June.
Gene Kritsky

Ohio's only 13-year cicadas, which were creating lots of buzz a few weeks ago in parts of Brown and Clermont Counties, are now fading fast. The adults will be gone by the end of June and their offspring will be falling from trees and by Christmas will be 8-12" below ground, according to entomologist Dr. Gene Kritsky of the College of Mt. St. Joseph and his website.

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Brent Spence Bridge
4:29 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Ohio waits on Kentucky to approve tolls for Brent Spence

The 50 year old bridge was built to handle 80,000 vehicles every day. Now 160,000 cross.
Michael Keating

With the aging Brent Spence in the background, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 533 into law Wednesday, as reporters and other politicians looked on.

The bill, which allows Ohio to collect tolls on the bridge, doesn't mean anything until Kentucky drafts and signs similar legislation. In March, the Kentucky House voted 82-7 to prohibit tolls on any federal interstate between Ohio and Kentucky.

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CVG
2:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

CVG tracks mobile devices so lines move quicker

Credit Michael Keating / WVXU

CVG is the first airport in the nation to use BlipTrack, designed by Lockheed Martin, to help passengers get through the airport faster.

The mobile tracking system, already used internationally, is now on-line at CVG, allowing the airport and you to know just how busy certain areas are like check-in and security. Lockheed's Director of Global Airports, Martin Bowman, says it discreetly monitors for Wi-Fi signals from mobile devices at areas like check-in and security.

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Focus on Technology
1:45 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Smart people come together to slow down puberty

Actio

Why are girls hitting puberty earlier. Last fall Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers blamed obesity. Are there other causes? At the time, Children's lead investigator Dr. Frank Biro said environmental and physiological factors also play a role.

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BOE
4:40 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Hamilton Co Board of Elections names new director

Credit Alex Triantafilou

The Hamilton County Board of Elections has appointed a new Director of Elections following the former director's appointment, Amy Searcy, to a judgeship.

Sherry Poland, Interim Director of Elections, and former Operations Administrator, is the new director.

As Operations Administrator, she has successfully administered over 37 elections, including 3 presidential elections.

From a BOE (board of elections) news release:

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