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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L'Oreal
4:04 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

L’Oréal to double size of Florence manufacturing plant

Kentucky's Governor was in Florence Thursday morning for what Northern Kentucky Tri-ED called a major economic announcement.  Gov. Steve Beshear announced an expansion of the  L'Oreal manufacturing plant .

This summer it was reported that L'Oreal would invest 42 million dollars at the New Buffington Road facility, nearly doubling the size of the plant and creating 200 jobs. The expansion hinged on tax incentives from Kentucky.

L'Oreal makes hair care products at that location. It is one of six manufacturing facilities in the U.S.

Health
4:50 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Possible Fernald health effects now include Lupus

The former Fernald uranium processing plant

Add lupus to the long list of potential medical problems facing people who lived near Fernald.

You've heard about the cancer claims, now a group of UC and Children's Hospital researchers, led by Pai-Yue Lu, say they've identified four times as many lupus cases as in the general population.

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Business
4:39 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Hostess to close Cincinnati bakery

Hostess says it will permanently close three of its bakeries, including Cincinnati, because of an ongoing national strike. One hundred fifty two people work at the Cincinnati location. All will lose their jobs.

Reportedly union workers walked off the job after a new contract imposed cuts in wages and benefits.   Hostess says the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union strike was preventing the facilities from producing and delivering products.

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Focus on Technology
12:32 am
Fri November 9, 2012

America's Power Grid

Image from Hurricane Sandy

Superstorm Sandy uncovers some gaps in grid technology. Ann Thompson, in this week’s Focus on Technology, reports on efforts nationally, and locally, to prevent such outages and provide adequate back-up power.

Links for this story: 

http://www.duke-energy.com/about-us/smart-grid.asp

http://www.alumifuelpowertech.com/?page_id=350


Aviation
12:06 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Hitchhiking by plane

Jethiking gypsy Amber Nolan
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If you had the time you might like to do what Amber Nolan is doing. She is coming to small airports like Lunken and bumming rides from pilots to see all 50 states. It's a concept she dubbed Jet-Hiking.


"I'm a travel writer and this year I wanted to take some time off and see the United States and blog about it and see our country and I thought it would be a unique and different way to do it if I went by air."


The 28 year old Nolan is attempting to visit all 50 states on a shoestring budget. Just last month she flew to her 12th state, Oregon.

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