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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Ohio academic data is now out after being delayed by a student-attendance investigation. Cincinnati dropped a category from Effective to Continuous Improvement. Superintendent Mary Ronan has a plan to improve the district's academic report card.

"We really would have liked to have stayed effective but in order to do this our performance index or final grade would have to be 90 and it was 88.5."

Ronan says the district's focus is now firmly on implementing new and more rigorous academic standards.

Wooten is saying goodbye to the Cincinnati Zoo. The 630-pound manatee will soon be headed to his native Florida. Next month he'll return to the wild as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. Wooten has been at the Cincinnati Zoo for the last two years.

See a video of Wooten here.

Last year another zoo manatee, Illusion, was released. The Cincinnati Zoo still has one manatee. Right now there are no plans for Betsy to leave.

Hundreds of Paul Ryan supporters who came to hear the Republican vice presidential nominee speak, were also on the receiving end of a barbecue lunch.

The campaign speech at Lunken Airport was short but there was plenty of time to meet and greet afterwards as surprised supporters were told to get in line to eat Montgomery Inn barbecue. Paul Ryan served it up.

Paul Ryan, in line serving sandwiches, said, "Nice to see you. What's your name? " Colleen. "Hey, Colleen, Paul. Chicken or pork?"


The Cincinnati Zoo will begin a massive project later this year. It plans to assess the health of all of its rare plant species stored in liquid nitrogen.

Our friends at the Cincinnati Zoo aren’t only into protecting and preserving animals; they are also into doing the same thing for plants. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on efforts to save endangered plant species by using test tube reproduction.

Reds fans are reeling from the loss that eliminated Cincinnati from the playoffs.

Gene Mesh doesn't think Reds players had any fire in them after they left San Francisco.

"I think they're reading their own headlines after winning two out there."

He was very disappointed after the 6-4 loss to the Giants and so was Pete Pryval.

"Lost opportunity. We had plenty of chances and it didn't happen."

Reds Manager Dusty Baker says he's getting tired of the disappointments too.

"It hurts. I mean big time."

It was just last week a Cincinnati attorney released a report critical of Taser usage by area police departments. Now those departments are forming a task force to get more information.

The 18 page report from attorney Al Gerhardstein criticized the departments for not banning upper chest shots, and not adequately warning that Tasers can lead to death. Gerhardstein's firm is representing the family of Everette Howard, one of four local Taser deaths in the past four years.

Waiting to Clinch

Oct 10, 2012

The Reds are hoping to wrap up the divisional playoff series with a win this afternoon. Last night Cincinnati lost to the Giants 2-1.

The second largest crowd in the history of Great American Ballpark went home disappointed.

Pat Ingram from Ashland, Kentucky said, "I was hoping they'd sweep the Giants. We were all hoping that."

If you do have tickets to the Reds playoff games the team has very specific instructions for which ones to use and where to pick them up.  Below is a release from the Reds.

Fans should use tickets marked NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES “HOME GAME 1” for the NLDS Game 3 on Tuesday, October 9: (game time is 5:37)

If National League Division Series Game 4 on Wednesday, October 10 is played fans should use tickets marked NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES HOME GAME 2.

Red is lighting up the night sky in Cincinnati. The Great American Tower tiara has a red hue which will continue as long as the Cincinnati Reds are in the World Series hunt.  Eagle Realty, the company maintaining the lights, says there are 192 bulbs. All are Metal Halide lights, which last a long time.

The company says "Lighting of the tiara symbolizes the excitement throughout downtown Cincinnati as the community rallies around the Cincinnati Reds as they compete in the playoffs."

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Reds players are pumped to be in the playoffs this weekend, but they do feel added pressure as the stakes get higher.

As strange as it sounds pitcher Bronson Arroyo says he'll try to do a little less.

First and second year engineering students often feel isolated when doing their complicated homework. The University of Cincinnati has a high-tech solution to get them together as Ann Thompson reports in this week’s Focus on Technology.

First Lady Michelle Obama gave 6,800 enthusiastic supporters the inspirational speech they sought Tuesday afternoon at the Duke Energy Convention Center; and hammered home the message that brought her here in the first place.

It was the fact that Tuesday was the first day of early voting in Ohio, a key battleground state that both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney covet tremendously.

“Here in Ohio it is already election day,’’ the First Lady told a cheering and fired-up crowd at the convention center. “Early voting starts today.”

More then 100 angry property owners called the Kenton County tax office today, upset about an new fee on their bill. The Judge Executive scheduled a news conference to clear up any confusion.

A Cincinnati law firm representing one of four Taser victims in the past four years in Hamilton County is out with a new report it hopes will prompt police agencies to change the way they use the weapon.