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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Home Sales
1:49 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Home Sales: buyer's advantage shrinking

Greater Cincinnati home sales are up for the fifteenth month in a row. In Cincinnati the gain was bigger at 11% when compared to the same month last year.

Northern Kentucky's sales increase was just 2%. In both places median prices are increasing and home inventories are declining, a sign realtors say indicates the buyer's advantage is starting to shrink.

(Cincinnati)

  • September  2012: Closings: 1,588   Average Price: $158,219
  • September 2011: Closings: 1,430    Average Price: $151,633

(Northern Kentucky)

Focus on Technology
1:31 am
Fri October 19, 2012

The Cost of Going Mobile

Having a smart phone, a tablet, an e-reader and more costs a lot of money and it’s more than just the purchase price. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on how to stay connected and stay within your budget.

Cincinnati Police
4:43 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Chief Craig appoints LGBT liaison

Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig at an earlier news conference

The Cincinnati Police Chief is appointing the city's first ever liaison with the gay and lesbian community.


Equality Cincinnati Board President Matt Murray says it is extremely encouraging that Chief James Craig is appointing an officer as the police liaison for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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Education
1:08 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Cincinnati drops a category in Ohio school ratings report; other districts listed

Ohio academic data is now out after being delayed by a student-attendance investigation. Cincinnati dropped a category from Effective to Continuous Improvement. Superintendent Mary Ronan has a plan to improve the district's academic report card.

"We really would have liked to have stayed effective but in order to do this our performance index or final grade would have to be 90 and it was 88.5."

Ronan says the district's focus is now firmly on implementing new and more rigorous academic standards.

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Cincinnati Zoo
2:15 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

This Cincinnati Zoo manatee is going home

Wooten will be released into the wild next month.

Wooten is saying goodbye to the Cincinnati Zoo. The 630-pound manatee will soon be headed to his native Florida. Next month he'll return to the wild as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. Wooten has been at the Cincinnati Zoo for the last two years.

See a video of Wooten here.

Last year another zoo manatee, Illusion, was released. The Cincinnati Zoo still has one manatee. Right now there are no plans for Betsy to leave.

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