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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Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History

Kentucky is making a new push to land professional boxing and wrestling events. Chairman of the reorganized Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chad Miller says he'd like to land a big event as early as this fall.

"I am an eternal optimist so I try to go big anytime I do anything."

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Brilliant minds trapped in bodies that don't work are finding their way out with the help of an EEG brain headset like this one.

Brain caps have been around for decades but are now being refined to allow people to do more complex tasks. Take for example Rosemary Johnson who, before a devastating car accident, was a violinist with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Science Alert reports she is now able to compose music with a computer that can read her mind.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has cited Rock Casino Caesars Cincinnati, also known as the Horseshoe Casino, for over-serving a patron who allegedly caused a fatal crash March 20, 2016 along I-275 near Kellogg Avenue.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Call up George Gershwin's own performance of "I've Got Rhythm" or Vladimir Horowitz's rendition of Robert Schumann's Täumerei on the Steinway & Sons Spirio and you will think you are in the same room as the great performers.

Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque Du Soleil opens its most technologically advanced show in Cincinnati this week complete with elaborate and realistic video projections, light tracking, and a phone app that encourages audience participation.

Political activist, consultant and NBA agent David Sugarman first learned of Otto Warmbier's fate on the news, recognizing it was a similar situation to that of Kenneth Bae who Sugarman helped to free from a North Korean prison in 2014.

Airman 1st Class Brittany Perry / U.S. Air Force via Wikimedia Commons

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Board now has a no-smoking policy for all of its properties and will begin to phase it in from July to December, 2016.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Morphick's Tony Hudson is somewhat of a superhero. When one of the Norwood company's clients, big or small, reports a cyber threat and investigators deem it to be real, Hudson jumps into action. "I have a suit in my car so that if I have to go somewhere I can change into it like superman."

There is no shortage of threats. Here are some of the top ones for 2016.

Provided / City of Covington

A Covington mural featuring a Phoenix did what it was supposed to do and is now coming down.

Meridian Bioscience

Newtown-based Meridian Bioscience is deploying its newly developed test illumigene® Malaria in Dakar, Senegal and planning a rollout of this potentially life-saving diagnostic across Africa. A test for the Zika virus is under development and is expected to be ready in six to twelve months.

Michael E. Keating

Fifteen years after the signing of Cincinnati's Collaborative Agreement the U.S. Department of Justice and cities nationwide are looking to the document for guidance to settle and avoid unrest.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

During a Tuesday meeting, members of a Preschool Promise committee will discuss some of the specifics on how to fund a Cincinnati preschool expansion program. The group wants to assure that every child in the community has access to two years of excellent preschool.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Before the end of the 2015-2016 school year the board for Cincinnati Public Schools is expected to finalize the way parents sign their kids up for magnet and neighborhood schools.

According to district spokeswoman Janet Walsh, "There does seem to be a very clear consensus to continue the online lottery. That seems to be working well in the board's opinion. As a matter of fact, that was the result of the weeks of engagement that we had after the policy was implemented."

ODOT

Cincinnati is now cleaner following the removal of more than 1,000 bags of trash over the weekend in a Keep Cincinnati Beautiful event.

Oriental Wok's Facebook page

Oriental Wok's 40 foot limo is one of the newest entries in this year's Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. It caught the attention of parade organizer Debbie Gannaway of Gramma Debbie's Kitchen. "They have the Chinese Music Society joining them so there will be dancers in dragon costumes." Not to mention the banging drums.

There are 191 entries, down from 210 last year, according to Gannaway. "Well, we were trying to get it down to 175 but some people just came up with some really good stuff so we let them in."

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