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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With so many tables of freshly printed t-shirts and hats how do fans make sure they are buying legitimate All-Star Game merchandise?

Ethan Orlinsky, Senior VP, Legal, Business & Club Affairs, Major League Baseball says, "...all licensed products must have a holographic sticker on them with a unique alphanumeric combination."

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Erie Seawolves

Former Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre has made his biggest investment yet with the purchase of the Erie Seawolves, a Detroit Tigers AA team.

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The legalized marijuana market could be worth at least 36 billion dollars annually by 2020, bigger than the NFL, by some estimates. For that reason technology companies are wasting no time entering both the medical and recreational use arena.


Many of veterinarian Dr. Bob Biederman's clientele are millennials and Gen Xers who live downtown. Often  they are the first to buy new pet technology.

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After years of legal limbo for same-sex couples in four states including Ohio and Kentucky, the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed an appeals court decision, deciding that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has opened an investigation into why 92 cases of possible child abuse or neglect in Boone County were either not assigned to social workers or ignored. It has also sent extra staff to the 12-county Northern Kentucky region to train and assist new staff.

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The University of Cincinnati calls its research on smart windows which simultaneously controls shade and privacy electronically at a low-cost "breakthrough." 

The patent-pending research from UC and its partners, Hewlett Packard and EMD/Merck Research Labs, is a roll-on coating made up of a honeycomb of electrodes.

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Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil deputized members of the county's heroin task force Thursday morning so they are able to make arrests in communities outside their jurisdictions. 

The purpose of deputizing them is to further disrupt the flow the drug, which continues to have a strong hold on the area.

Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan is leading the effort.

"What's big about this is no matter where you are dealing heroin, no matter where your user goes, it's going to come back to you," Synan said. 

Mayfield Clinic

University of Cincinnati biomedical engineers, neurologists and Mayfield Clinic brain surgeons are in the process of creating a sound map for the abnormal brain.

Deep inside the head, groups of neurons make sounds. The doctors will use the sounds to figure out what the problem areas are and how to better treat abnormalities in the brain.


After nearly a decade of government and legal delays, Boonespring Transitional Care Center will break ground late this year near Union, barring any further appeals within the next month.

Officials say the economic impact is expected to be more than $30 million, including construction and the taxes the 200 people hired will pay.