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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Cincinnati Public Schools
1:31 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Carpe Diem charter school at Aiken High next fall

When the brand new Aiken High School opens this fall, students will be introduced to personalized learning. Part of the plan is a Carpe Diem charter school inside Aiken, the first one Cincinnati Public Schools has sponsored. There's a similar program in Indianapolis, and Ann Thompson went there to take a look and provide this report.

Amnesty day
3:25 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Library amnesty day May 15th

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is rewarding the public with an amnesty day, after it won a prestigious national award.

On May 15th you can return your overdue books without owing a fine. If you've already returned them but haven't paid the fine, you're also in the clear. Just bring in your card.

The library amnesty day is the first Director Kim Fender can remember.

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Glass Recycling
5:46 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Rumpke to save tons of glass from the landfill

Five to seven semis a day will transport recycled glass from this facility to Dayton for further refining.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Glass makes up 15 percent of what Cincinnatians throw out. Beginning this November, Rumpke will recycle it in a brand new St. Bernard facility that sits on the same site as one that burned down a year ago.


Although Rumpke will also recycle paper, plastics and metals at this facility, a big focus is on glass recycling. Very small, refined recycled glass particles are in big demand by glass container and fiberglass insulation companies.


There are eight steps in the glass recycling process:

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CPS
6:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

CPS goes outside the box to sponsor a charter school at Aiken

Carpe Diem opened its second school in Indianapolis last fall. It will open up another one in Cincinnati at Aiken High School this fall.
Ann Thompson WVXU

It's unusual for a public school district to partner with a charter school, but that will happen this fall when Carpe Diem opens inside the new Aiken High School in College Hill. It is one of two schools at Aiken. The other is New-Tech, focused on project-based learning.

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Technology
5:31 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Data Scientist: the sexiest job of the 21st century

NKU's digitorium. The University will begin what it says is the nation's first Data Science Bachelor's Degree this fall.
Sarah Ramsey WVXU

One sure way to get a job these days is to be a "Big Data" specialist. These are the people who can interpret massive amounts of information and tell businesses how to use it to make money. It's a very specialized set of skills involving computer science, business and statistics. The Harvard Business Review says the dominant trait among data scientists is an intense curiosity.   

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