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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Drugs, Crime and Violence
1:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Author and former CPD officer Howard Rahtz

Howard Rahtz has a fascinating background: 18 years as a Cincinnati police officer, attaining the rank of captain. He also served as coordinator of the SWAT negotiating team and was in charge of the Central Vice Control Section, where his focus was on reducing the assets of drug traffickers. He has put all that experience, plus a degree in rehab counseling, to try and further efforts to take drugs off the streets. He joins Ann Thompson to discuss his latest book, Drugs, Crime and Violence: From Trafficking to Treatment, in which he lays out a method to choke off the revenue stream that supports the drug traffickers.


Swifton Commons
10:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Bond Hill looks forward to Swifton redevelopment

The old Swifton Commons in Bond Hill is being redeveloped.
Ann Thompson WVXU

On Thursday, city crews began clearing parts of a shopping center site that has been a landmark in Bond Hill since the 1950's. Most recently called Jordan Crossing, Swifton Commons was the first mall in Cincinnati and one of the largest shopping centers in Ohio.

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Flu
11:34 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Flu deaths up to 5 in Northern Kentucky

A woman tries to prevent the flu by getting the nasal spray vaccine FluMist
Credit CDC

Northern Kentucky health officials are seeing an alarming trend this flu season; more people have to go to the hospital. Statistics from last week showed one in four people who had the flu required hospitalization.


The Northern Kentucky Health Department District Director Lynne Saddler says fighting the flu is hard on the body.

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Jail overcrowding
6:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Hamilton County Sheriff's Dept. to explain new jail policy

Sheriff Jim Neil on a rare jail tour
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

When Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil announced last week he had ended the revolving door at the Justice Center, he didn't give specifics.

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Paralysis
5:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Paralyzed people are walking with robots at Drake

Kevin Moeller is ready to walk with the Exoskeleton.
Sarah Ramsey WVXU


This is what actor Christopher Reeve dreamed of... a bionic machine that helps paralyzed people walk. Drake Center is one of 20 facilities in the world to have an Exoskeleton. It is kind of like a backpack with leg and foot support.


Therapists program the parameters and paraplegics can walk slowly. For 29 year old Kevin Moeller, who's been in a wheelchair ten years, it gives him new freedom and the ability to have his natural height of six foot.

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