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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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Paralyzed people can walk thanks to wearable robot

Kevin Moeller walks with the help of 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. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

Jail overcrowding
11:58 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Sheriff Neil closes jail revolving door

Sheriff Neil gave the media a rare behind the scenes tour at the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says he is keeping his two campaign promises:

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Water
6:27 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Cincinnati establishes Global Water Technology Hub

Booky Oren, former Executive Chairman of Mekorot, Israel's National Water Company and current Chairman and CEO of Booky Oren Global Water Technologies
Ann Thompson WVXU

Cincinnati, known for its advanced water technology, is looking to cash in on the innovation and help other cities in the process.

At a Monday news conference City Manager Milton Dohoney announced the formation of a Global Water Technology Hub. He said, "This is the next step of carrying Cincinnati's legacy of being an historic water innovator and this technology will also be an accelerator for technology and innovation in the water industry."

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Using germs to make art

Zachary Copfer is making some pretty unusual art using unconventional means. Like it implies, his "Bacteriography" involves developing images in plates of bacteria. The microbiologist turned visual artist makes use of E. coli bacteria and S.marcescens and then treats them with the DNA from jellyfish. The University of Cincinnati graduate got nationwide press last year when he first unveiled his works at a Cincinnati art show.


Cincinnati Zoo
2:57 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Fur company helps Cincinnati Zoo baby adapt

Gladys in the midst of the faux fur.
Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo's baby gorilla could have an easier time adapting to zoo workers in the nursery now that they are wearing more realistic fur vests and coats.

Donna Salyers' Fabulous Furs is providing faux fur vests and coats designed to make zoo handlers more realistic surrogates for baby Gladys. The tiny gorilla will learn to hang on to the furry outfits while in the nursery.

The Zoo says, "Vests are incredibly important to Gladys' gorilla-fication."

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