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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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

A new report from RealtyTrac lists Ohio as fourth in the U.S. for states with the most vacant properties- 86,416, behind Florida, Michigan and Texas. Ohio is fifth when if comes to so-called "zombie foreclosures," unoccupied homes not yet repossessed.

The RealtyTrac report shows 1.9 percent total residential property vacant in Cincinnati totaling 11,875. In Dayton 8,928 properties are vacant or 3.2 percent.


Last October, in North College Hill, Monica Jeter was stabbed to death by her husband. It happened right in front of four of her five children as reported by our news partner, WCPO. Months earlier she had gotten a restraining order after Andre Jeter attempted to strangle her, but later it was removed.

Ashley Zilka / WCPO

Just a week ago five people were shot in Evanston in what Interim Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac called "a senseless act." Just around the corner on Fairfield there was a double homicide. Police say those crimes have now been solved.

Penetrating gang activity could be the key in reducing violent crime in Cincinnati.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Tucked away inside the Milford City Building is a small technology company that is helping ALS patients and other people with the inability to move and communicate around the world.

Control Bionics is the combined venture of James Schorey and former CNN news anchor Peter Ford. Schorey designed the sensor used in the NeuroSwitch and Ford adapted it to people with only the slightest of movement.

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Hamilton County

New Hamilton County Juvenile Court policies are in place after the Children's Law Center and the County settled a 2014 lawsuit filed by the Covington non-profit legal service.

At that time, lead attorney Rickell Howard said, the county was routinely arresting and detaining youths without probable cause. Probable cause is a judicial finding that a crime has been committed, and the person cited has probably committed the crime.


A new Deutsche Welle poll surveying Germans ages 18-29 finds 90 percent think German unification was so successful it should be a model for other countries. Not surprisingly, older generations see it as a work in progress.

Across Germany and the U.S., people are talking about the effects of  the unification and how it could be better. A program beginning Sunday at the University of Cincinnati is no exception.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

The City of Cincinnati is looking to energize a solar campaign by offering a $1,500 rebate for city residents who install solar panels.

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA) announced its "Solarize Cincy" campaign at the Cincinnati Zoo Thursday, the so-called "greenest zoo in the nation."

Kenton County Jail/WCPO

In the midst of a domestic violence charge, Campbell County School Superintendent Glen Miller has announced his retirement.

Here's a statement from Campbell County Board Chair Janis Winbigler:


Cincinnati's Greenwich House Gallery says it is the only location in the Western Hemisphere to host "'The Unveiling,' a groundbreaking Indian art exhibit."

The exhibit opens Friday October 2 in O'Bryonville.

Forty collectible pieces painted by Sandip Roy, Shubashish Mondal, C.H. Gandi, and others include abstracts, oils, pastels, architectural images, and scenic landscapes.

Mylah's Facebook page

Six-year-old Mylah Bryant has a blood disease (aplastic anemia) that required chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Not only did doctors discuss making her well, they asked her parents if they wanted to preserve tissue so she could reproduce years later without the damaging effects of chemotherapy.