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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Cincinnati Children's Hospital is part of a national effort to create a kind of mini-patient to test drugs.  Each partner is concentrating on creating a different part of the human body.

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's are in the process of making what's called an organoid. An organoid is a structure that resembles an organ. This one mimics the stomach and intestine.

Ann Thompson’s Focus on Technology reports researchers are developing tissue chips that accurately model human organs, such as the lungs, liver and heart. As a result, scientists at Cincinnati Children’s and others may be able to test new drugs faster, safer, and more cost effectively than present methods.

The City of Cincinnati and Progress Ohio are trying to put an incident behind them involving police confiscation of cameras at a Steve Chabot Town Hall meeting in Avondale last year.

Two political activists at the North Avondale Community Center last year wanted to record the Republican Representative and his position on various issues. Cincinnati Police wrongly took their cameras at the instruction of Chabot's staff-members. The City has apologized.

A number of people close to Tall Stacks have indicated the music, arts and heritage festival has been cancelled. It had been scheduled for October of 2013.

Sources tell WVXU  the World Choir Games took much of the city's available funding, and the stagnant economy has made it difficult to get corporate sponsors. Tall Stacks Chairman Fred Craig is out of the country and could not be reached for comment.

Add Hamilton County to the list of places in Ohio which have identified human cases of the West Nile Virus.

Hamilton County reports two cases coming from the western side of town. That brings the number of Ohio cases to eleven.

For many Tri-State students today was the first day of school.

Thirty-three thousand kids in the Cincinnati Public School District returned to class. Highlights include four new or renovated buildings.  Western Hills High School is now a 7-12 school. Next year CPS will convert all its high schools to the 7-12 model.

Here are some pictures of kids in the Forest Hills School District, Anderson Township. Please post your first day  pictures on the WVXU Facebook page.

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Social media updates are a hit with tennis fans at the Western & Southern Open this weekend. Learn how the social media team goes out of its way to tweet player comments and photos, normally not seen or heard by the public. Ann Thompson reports in this week’s Focus on Technology.

The University of Cincinnati and its academic partners are part a new national collaboration to better understand and treat brain injuries.

One Mind for Research  , a non-profit organization based in Seattle, hopes to develop a scientific roadmap for curing brain disease within 10 years. UC and its affiliated institutions have been named one of eight U.S. academic partners.

Classes begin Monday for students at Northern Kentucky University. Today the president had a message for the people who will teach them.

Nearly four months to the minute after being named president, Geoffrey Mearns stood before faculty and administrators at today's convocation and looked forward. His mission is not without challenges.

State funding is down and Mearns says for-profit online institutions, with increasingly aggressive recruiting tactics, are posing a major threat.

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Supporters say it's a boost to job creation in Ohio. Critics went to court, saying JobsOhio is an unaccountable private group with access to taxpayer dollars. Lower courts dismissed the case brought by Progress Ohio and two Democratic lawmakers. Now a limited-government legal center has sided with them, saying the enforceability of the state's constitution is at stake. WVXU's Mark Heyne and Ann Thompson look at the controversy surrounding JobsOhio.

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