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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Pope Named
4:52 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Catholic leaders react to choice of Pope Francis

Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr says he was surprised by the selection of Pope Francis and will do research to learn more about him.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati's Archbishop says he is rejoicing with the Hispanic population on the selection of Pope Francis. Dennis Schnurr sees it as recognition of the importance of Latin America. He says Latin America and Africa are the two fastest growing Catholic regions of the world. 

He says, "Right from the get go there was speculation that the cardinals would be looking to either Latin America or Africa and that speculation proved to be true."

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Traffic cameras
3:28 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Judge: Elmwood Place can't collect from camera speeding tickets

A Hamilton County Judge says Elmwood Place cannot use its speed cameras and must pay back people who have gotten tickets from them. Elmwood Place will likely appeal.
Credit Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

Elmwood Place has received a second blow to its traffic enforcement cameras. A Hamilton County Judge ruled Tuesday the village cannot collect fines from any traffic violations the cameras recorded in the past.


Just last week Judge Robert Ruehlman said Elmwood Place had to stop using the cameras.


Police Chief William Peskin says the village will appeal. 

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Election Fraud
1:55 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Three indicted in Hamilton County voter fraud case

From left: Board of Elections member Alex Triantafilou and chair Tim Burke after a February hearing on voter fraud.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

A Hamilton County Grand Jury has indicted three people for allegedly casting illegal votes in this past presidential election. 


Melowese Richardson, admitted to WCPO she voted twice and submitted absentee ballots for several other people as well. If convicted, the prosecutor says she faces up to 12 years in prison.


Russell Glassop is charged with voting on behalf of his deceased wife.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri March 8, 2013

How UC plans to change cancer care in 3 years

Lawrence Reed, a cancer patient, is getting very personalized care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Ann Thompson WVXU

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation says the U.S. is becoming more successful in treating some kinds of cancer, including brain, colorectal, stomach and breast cancer. This is due in part to more aggressive care. The University of Cincinnati is pledging more aggressive and personalized care with a new team of doctors and a new center. WVXU's Ann Thompson reports what makes the new bone marrow transplant center and its doctors different, in Focus on Technology.


MSD
5:28 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Keeping a lid on sewer costs

MSD has a new computerized tool to keep track of costs and prioritize projects
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The EPA says every year 14 billion gallons of wastewater is dumped into the Mill Creek. This is because  Cincinnati's sewer system is too old to handle the stormwater runoff and it mixes with sewage in one series of pipes.

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