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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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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voter fraud
11:46 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Case delayed for woman accused of voter fraud

Melowese Richardson, with her attorney, in a Hamilton County Court.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Madisonville Recreation Center poll worker accused of voting twice, and casting ballots for seven other people in possibly three different elections, was not ready to enter a guilty plea on Wednesday.

Melowese Richardson, when interviewed  by WCPO a few months ago, said she didn't do anything wrong.

On Wednesday, before Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman, her attorney said she wasn't ready to issue a plea.

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Alternative fuels
6:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Wright Pat takes a leading role in alternative fuels

Room of Barrels at the AFRL at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Ann Thompson WVXU

In the repository or "Room of Drums" at Wright Patterson Air Force Base 55 gallon barrels of fuel from all over the world are stored. There are liquid fuels made of coal from South Africa. There's also one made from camelina, a weed. Others come from animal fat. Some have been tested on cross country flights.

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Cincinnati Observatory
6:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

How Cincinnati became the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."

The original Cincinnati Observatory in Mt. Adams.
Cincinnati Observatory

The Cincinnati Observatory is celebrating an anniversary this weekend. It was 168 years ago that a prominent Cincinnatian made the city the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."


Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel must have been a pretty convincing guy. In the mid-1800s he went door to door to collect 25 dollar donations for a telescope and observatory. Cincinnati Observatory Outreach Astronomer Dean Regas tells the story.

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