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

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

When President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address Tuesday Cincinnatian Jim Obergefell will be watching from the First Lady's reserved section.

The LBGT activist and lead plaintiff  in the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage case says he was first invited by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley but then Merkley's office called back to say the First Lady wanted Obergefell to be her guest.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis says the loss to Pittsburgh in Saturday's wild-card game stings. During a news conference Monday afternoon he also said he feels bad for the fans.

"I mean, man, you looked there, and at the end of the football game that stadium was still full (and) loud. It rained all night for them, and for the first half we were raining on their parade as well. And it came around and I just feel sick for them," Lewis told reporters.

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Internet security experts Scott Erven and Mark Collao focused on MRI scanners, X-ray machines, defibrillators and drug infusion pumps when they tried to find out how easy it is to hack into medical devices.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Last year was such a good one for Northern Kentucky investment that it ranks in the top five in the 28 years Northern Kentucky Tri-ED has been keeping track.

Twenty-seven companies announced new locations and expansions in 2015, an increase of 17 percent from 2014. That is the highest number in the previous three years. The average is 22. The 2015 projects created 2,435 jobs, a 22 percent increase from 2014 and $459.8 million in capital investment, up 106 percent.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Two women in Florida and California have sued Macy's and Bloomingdale's, accusing the stores of deceptive pricing.

Kristin Haley and Sylvia Thompson allege the stores fabricated the original price to show large discounts.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

It will be a packed house Saturday as the Bengals battle the Steelers in a sold-out wildcard game in Cincinnati, and Coach Marvin Lewis isn't wasting any time getting the team ready.

"It's important to move on and win," said Lewis at a Monday news conference. "We're looking for more than one win. One win will give relief outside of this building."

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Three years ago as his jail was filling up with heroin addicts, many of them repeat offenders, Sheriff Gene Kelly and other Clark County officials decided to take a different approach.  They wanted users to permanently stop using the drug and hold dealers responsible for overdose deaths.

The Dealer

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Breweries around the country are outdoing one another when it comes to going green.  No longer is giving spent grain to farmers the sole solution.   Companies are now looking at the entire sustainable picture, investing in expensive energy systems and changing ingredients.

WBUR details a few examples in "Survival of the Greenest Beer?"

provided / Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

As the heroin problem continues to increase, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department is giving its deputies a refresher course on how to catch daytime drugged drivers.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Update  4:25 p.m.: Pete Rose's attorney Ray Genco says Rose will address the media at 2 p.m. Tuesday. In a statement, Genco says "We are disappointed by the decision of Commissioner Manfred that was announced this morning. We are reviewing the ruling with Pete and his family."