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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heroin
3:47 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

NKY's plan to stabilize & reverse heroin epidemic

The report says "The impact of the heroin epidemic on NKY is unprecedented."
Northern Kentucky Drug Task Force

The task force studying Northern Kentucky's increasing heroin problem recommends a combination of increased police presence, legislation and prevention, treatment and recovery. The four-year plan to stabilize and reverse the epidemic, called Northern Kentucky's Collective Response to the Heroin Epidemic, is expected to cost $4 million.

The problem:

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Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Germans' thoughts on NSA spying

German Journalist Uwe Schulz
WDR

  Last month, revelations the U.S. National Security Agency may have tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone caused an uproar. Now Washington and Berlin are discussing new rules to govern dealings between their spy agencies. To gain some insight into what Germans think about personal privacy and international spying, WVXU’s Ann Thompson talked with German broadcaster Uwe Schulz, who recently visited Cincinnati.

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Recycle
12:01 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Your Rumpke recyclables are in for a wild ride

Rumpke employees bulldozing recyclables onto conveyor belts.
Emily Wendler WVXU

Rumpke realizes your (recycled) trash could be another company's treasure. Armed with a brand new $32 million, 100,000 square foot sorting center in St. Bernard, Rumpke is taking tons of recyclables off the street and marketing the material to paper mills and businesses that buy plastic and other goods.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

UC students help track nuclear material

Dr. Henry Spitz: UC professor of nuclear and radiological engineering discusses nuclear forensics with students.
Ann Thompson WVXU

International nuclear weapons inspectors are preparing to get a closer look at two Iranian facilities long suspected of having the capability of producing nuclear weapons. An agreement worked out Monday, with the International Atomic Energy Agency, failed to gain access to one of the most controversial sites, the Parchin military site, southwest of Tehran. The New York Times reports:

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Saks
11:07 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Saks Fifth Ave. will move to Kenwood

A rendering of the Kenwood Collection, to now include Saks.
Phillips Edison

Update:  Cincinnati officials react:

Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld tweeted "Yes, it would have been nice to keep @Saks in the City, but I remain very bullish about Downtown. Our momentum will continue to snowball"

DCI President David Ginsberg says, while sad to lose Saks to Kenwood, the Race Street Corridor is undergoing a lot of change and he sees more development coming downtown.

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