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 India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS.

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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Ohio State University researchers are using special glasses to help patients fully recover after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The glasses help rewire the brain after documented changes following a knee injury.

Holly Yurchison / WVXU

A study is underway in Kentucky surveying the state's aerospace industry and determining the direction for the future. The state is No. 2 in the nation in aerospace exports, behind only the State of Washington.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

A Cincinnati barge company was the backdrop for an announcement of sweeping changes to the agricultural industry. In front of an Ohio River barge filled with soybeans for likely shipment to southeast Asia, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue detailed the department's overhaul including the creation of an Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.

Zunam Aero

In the next decade you may be flying on a tiny battery operated plane for as little as $25 to a destination you might have otherwise driven.

Start-up Zunum Aero is building a fleet of hybrid-electric planes to handle those short flights with financial backers such as Boeing Horizon X and JetBlue Technology Ventures.

Jason Fair / WCPO

With heavy rain predicted this weekend, crews are putting tarps over a Mt. Adams landslide that has already damaged two homes and a tavern.

Cincinnati VA Medical Center

The government has released a new report about conditions at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and its Ft. Thomas hospice care.

Ann Thompson

Right now car companies are focused on  making sure self-driving vehicles can safely navigate the road. But when all the kinks get worked out they'll turn their attention to the car's interior to best suit drivers who don't have to drive.

Michael Keating

The Newport Southbank Bridge Company is looking to make a splash with a new and improved Purple People Bridge. Plans include repainting it, adding LED lighting, a "love lock" area, and reinforced flooring for the railroad side of the bridge.

Meridian Bioscience

Researchers in Europe and philanthropists in New York are singing the praises Tuesday of a new malaria test from Newtown-based Meridian Bioscience on this World Malaria Day.

A Milford company is back with an updated communication tool for ALS and other "locked-in" patients.

Known for the NeuroSwitch, Control Bionics has shrunk the technology and made it wearable. The new product is NeuroNode.

Xact Medical

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Ben Gurion University have developed a prototype device designed to quickly and accurately locate a vein or artery in children and adults in need of a medical procedure. It uses ultrasound and a robotic arm.

FIND, or Fast Intelligent Needle Delivery, is the invention of the newly formed company, Xact Medical and an ongoing partnership with Ben Gurion.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Lunken Airport Manager Fred Anderton says after a decade of relative quiet on the economic development front the City of Cincinnati is getting requests to build corporate facilities and even private storage hangars there.

The problem Anderton faces is lack of land. The airport is surrounded by two rivers, has railroad tracks to the west and a state highway to the north. He says, "We've got to develop some areas that we can place those facilities."

Cincinnati Police

Cincinnati Police detectives are calling on the public for clues into a rash of graffiti incidents in Clifton's Gaslight District.

Purdue researchers are developing a test strip, similar to the common pregnancy test, to detect cervical cancer and eventually other types of cancer and diseases.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Just like the drug problem, the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition continues to grow.

The group welcomed two more representatives to its regular meeting Friday, The Health Collaborative, representing hospitals, and the Amos Project, representing the faith community.

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