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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Nurse staffing shortages
12:01 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Cincinnati Children's study says nurse to patient ratios do matter

Just weeks after Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif, proposed federal legislation mandating nurse staffing levels, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is out with a study on the effect of nurse staffing ratios to hospital re-admissions.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Newts may hold the key to human regeneration

This American Red-Spotted Newt may hold the key to regeneration.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Newts have the amazing distinction of being able to regenerate almost any body part. University of Dayton Biology Professor Panagiotis Tsonis does not know exactly why they do it or how they do it, only that they can do it. He wonders if the human body, where regeneration genes have apparently been silenced, can be turned back on. Tsonis thinks studying the newt's eye lens is the key and is involved in a research project now to learn more. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

Cincinnati Zoo
3:48 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Celebrate as My-Thai the elephant turns 40

My-Thai enjoys her "cake"
Ann Thompson WVXU

My-Thai, the Cincinnati Zoo's 40-year-old Asian elephant, didn't waste any time knocking her "cake" over and breaking it up. It wasn't long before My-Thai started to devour the cake, brought in by a forklift, and made of frozen gelatin, Kool-aid and mountains of fresh produce and fruit.

Happy reunion

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Foreclosures
6:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Ohio foreclosures continue to climb

These foreclosed homes in Evanston are decreasing area property values. Evanston is part of a pilot program where banks are held responsible for cutting the grass and taking care of the properties they own
Credit Jay Hanselman

On Tuesday the organization Working in Neighborhoods  will release the latest Hamilton County foreclosure data.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri April 26, 2013

A possible cure for "bubble boy"

Jameson Golliday has Bubble Boy Syndrome, but with gene therapy may be cured.
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Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital are optimistic after their treatment appears to be working on a toddler born without an immune system. Jameson Golliday, who has "Bubble Boy Syndrome," is out of the hospital and now at home in a sterile environment while his white blood cells generate completely.  Ann Thompson, in "Focus on Technology," explains the treatment that could eventually be the standard of care for this very rare and serious disease.

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