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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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.

Navy amphibious vehicles will soon be faster, more agile and better able to carry larger payloads for longer distances. That’s because two University of Dayton researchers are redesigning them as Ann Thompson reports in this week’s Focus on Technology.

Cincinnati's Police Chief has gone to court to prevent having to take a state exam. Chief James Craig filed the appeal in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission is the defendant.

The organization requires recruits to undergo 500 hours of training and take a 200 question test. Most of the training has been waived for Craig but earlier this month the Commission told him that he must take the test.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan literally rolled right into a Cincinnati steel company. His campaign bus drove into the warehouse.

iHerb, an online provider of natural products and food supplements, has announced it will establish a regional e-commerce headquarters in Northern Kentucky. The company is based in California and plans to build a new state-of-the-art e-commerce center at IDI's Park West industrial park in Hebron.

A zero-emission bus is on a cross country tour, stopping off in Cincinnati to demonstrate its super green features. Take a test drive with Ann Thompson in this week’s Focus on Technology.

Greater Cincinnati's development arm is zeroing in on a piece of Bond Hill history to rejuvenate the area. 

Walking in what was Swifton Commons, now Jordan Crossing, you can see it's in need of a lot of attention. The concrete sidewalks are cracked. The shrubbery is overgrown. The paint on the benches is peeling off and only about a dozen stores remain open. But this property could breathe new life into Bond Hill.

Metro is getting a first hand look at what manufacturers say is the fastest charging electric bus. Founder of Proterra Dale Hill says it can fully charge in about 10 minutes enabling the bus to go 40 miles. 

"People are much more aware of transit today. They want quiet. They want clean. They want comfort."

Christopher Stevens, the former ambassador to Libya killed Tuesday, is being remembered around the world and right here in Cincinnati.

At the busy corner of Clifton and Martin Luther King a group of people, led by the UC Muslim Students Association, gathered to pay tribute to Libyan Ambassador Stevens and anyone who they say stands for peace.

"Honk for peace."

That was Aileen Fraser who started crying when asked why she came to the remembrance which was 40 strong and growing at 4:00.

Robot Medics Research

Sep 14, 2012

Injured U.S. soldiers on the battlefield may eventually be helped by robots. Vision recognition technology developed by University of Dayton researchers would help the robots seek out and find soldiers in need of medical care.  Ann Thompson reports in this week's Focus on Technology.

A state of the art helicopter is sitting on the University Hospital helipad. In the next two weeks the 7-million dollar chopper will go into service.

The Air Care crew is taking critical care transport to the next level.

This EC145 is safer, faster and bigger. Flight doc and Medical Director Bill Hinckley said the first time he got onboard it was an emotional experience.

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan criticized the administration's foreign policy while campaigning in Clermont County tonight.

Surrounded by straw and nearly 2,ooo supporters in Owensville, Rep. Paul Ryan referenced the violence in Libya and Egypt and said the Obama administration has sent mixed signals to the world.

“This administration’s policies project weakness abroad, undercutting allies like Israel, outreach to enemies like Iran, national security leaks and devastating defense cuts.” 

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