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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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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Cincinnati Bell
12:47 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Cincinnati Bell bringing more jobs downtown

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says Cincinnati Bell is consolidating its operations at the Atrium II building over the next three years, bringing at least 600 new jobs downtown. The jobs will come from a variety of locations, but primarily Norwood.

The company has signed a letter of intent to lease approximately 220,000 square feet of office space at 221 E. Fourth Street. Under the deal, Bell will maintain its Seventh Street operations center downtown. The company has about 3,000 employees in Greater Cincinnati, with an estimated 652 workers currently based downtown.

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Concours d'Elegance
4:36 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Rare Porsche hybrid on display in Cincinnati

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Le Mans Challenger race car is in Cincinnati this weekend. However, it is a "show car" and without an engine since the "real" car is in Europe for testing in advance of a race.
Porsche

Porsche will display its 919 Hybrid LeMans Challenger race car for the first time in the United States at Cincinnati's Concours d'Elegance Sunday, June 8. This "show car" (without an engine) will give car enthusiasts a glimpse of the vehicle that will race at the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans June 14.

The car manufacturer last showed off the sports car at the 2014 Geneva, Switzerland Motor Show.

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Focus on Technology
4:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Online program keeps parents, schools, businesses in the loop

Cortney Van Ausdal's 8th grade class at Nagel Middle School studies finance with Cerkl connections.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Nagel Middle School teacher Cortney Van Ausdal wanted to teach her 8th graders about personal checking and savings accounts. Who could she get from the community to come in and talk?

Tweeting or posting on Facebook may get a response but would it be the right person? Would that person be local and would they get back to Cortney in a timely manner? So she turned to a new online engagement platform called Cerkl.

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