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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City budget cuts
12:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Health Department says budget cuts will increase rats and bed bugs

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) is putting the public on notice that proposed budget cuts will have a direct effect on services. A meeting is scheduled for May 28 to discuss the layoff of 18 employees and what the cuts will mean.


CHD Spokesman Rocky Merz says over the last five years the department has had to eliminate more than 100 positions. The latest cuts come from a city budget proposal to cut 9% of the CHD's budget.


Fewer rat trapping and bed bug inspections

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Vote fraud investigation
11:35 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Hamilton County elections board sends two more voting cases to prosecutor

The Hamilton County Board of Elections debates possible illegal voting.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Hamilton County Board of Elections is referring two people to the prosecutor's office for possible illegal voting, but the bigger question appears to be whether more than three dozen people who each voted a provisional ballot and absentee ballot are in the wrong.
 

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Anna Louise Inn
2:26 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Western & Southern to buy Anna Louise Inn

Anna Louise Inn
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU


Subject to certain conditions, Cincinnati Union Bethel has agreed to sell the Anna Louise Inn to Western & Southern Financial Group for $4 million. A news release from W&S and CUB says, as a result, all litigation will be dismissed.


Under the plan, Anna Louise Inn residents will be allowed to stay at the current location for two years while a new space with larger living areas is completed. The Anna Louise Inn will keep the same name.

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CPS
6:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

CPS makes changes to avoid "scrubbing" data

CPS and other districts around the state must keep up with the Ohio Department of Education's 500 page book of rules.
Ann Thompson WVXU

 


 


  


New policy


In order to comply with state rules, Cincinnati Public Schools says it has changed the way it reports when a student transfers from one school in the district to another. Instead of  withdrawing the student from one school and waiting for him or her to enroll at another, the district will now enroll the student immediately in the new school and the new school will have the responsibility to make sure the student shows up.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Blood could tell how long brain tumor patients have and how well their treatment is working

Dr. El Mustapha Bahassi, UC Brain Tumor Center
Cindy Starr Mayfield Clinic

The Holy Grail in the brain tumor field, according to Mayfield Clinic neurosurgeon Dr. Ron Warnick, would be a non-invasive test allowing personalized therapy, a way to reliably distinguish if the tumor has grown back, and the ability to make a very specific prognosis. This blood test is still in the research stage. WVXU's Ann Thompson, in "Focus on Technology," reports how it would work and the hope that it carries.

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