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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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Someday your smartphone could be smarter than you

Someday smartphones will immediately identify objects in a camera's field of view, overlaying lines of text that describe items in the environment.
Purdue University

In a perfect world, your smartphone would automatically tag whatever it sees through the camera's field of view. This could be helpful when using Google Glass, facial recognition systems, robotic cars and more.

Big powerful computers can do it already with something called deep learning. It requires layers of neural networks that mimic how the human brain processes information. A Purdue University researcher is working on it for smartphones and mobile devices

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Liquid Assets
6:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Cincinnati to help lead national water discussion

Ann Thompson WVXU

The Executive Director of Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Metropolitan Sewer District, Tony Parrot, will participate in a national discussion on U.S. water infrastructure Wednesday in Washington D.C.

Parrot joins the U.S. EPA's Nancy Stoner, Veolia Water North America and Mark Strauss with American Waterin the Value of Water Coalition's national panel discussion to help other communities deal with crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure.

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Cincinnati Police
6:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Remembering fallen police officers in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Police Memorial Day 2013
Mark Heyne WVXU News

Two special services are planned Monday to remember fallen local police officers. The first one begins at Fountain Square at 11:00 am. There family and friends of current and past officers will gather. They will then march to the police memorial across from District One Police Headquarters.

Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell says this is the same day another police class is starting. These are officers transferring from other parts of Ohio to Cincinnati. There are 23 of them and the class will last ten weeks.

Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Using GPS to fix a heart problem

During diagnosis and repair of the heart's electrical system, doctors see this when using a non-radiation mapping system instead of traditional X-rays.
Ann Thompson WVXU

When diagnosing and repairing the heart's electrical system, doctors often have to use lots of radiation to pinpoint the problem. It's not uncommon for the patient to experience 50 minutes or more of radiation thanks to X-rays, CAT scans and nuclear stress tests.

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CPS
10:48 am
Tue May 6, 2014

CPS, Winton Woods ratings same after scrubbing recalculation

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost when he first made the scrubbing allegations in February 2013.
Jo Ingles Ohio Public Radio

Tuesday the Ohio Department of Education issued new report cards for the six school districts accused of scrubbing data, including Cincinnati and Winton Woods, whose ratings remained the same.

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