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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Tasers
1:43 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Taser lawsuit ultimately wants police reform

Corey McGinnis died after being Tased June 26, 2012.
WCPO

The family of a Cincinnati man who was Tased and then died last year, has filed suit against the City of North College Hill and one of its police officers.

Attorney Al Garhardstein, representing the family of Corey McGinnis Sr., says Sgt. Ryan Schrand hit McGinnis in the chest after an altercation at a basketball game. Gerhardstein says this happened more than two years after Taser International issued a warning to police to avoid the chest area.

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Solar plane
2:04 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Solar Impulse to make surprise stop in Cincinnati

The Solar Impulse lands at Lunken.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Solar Impulse, the world's most advanced solar-powered airplane, is on its way to Cincinnati, a surprise stop because of weather issues in Washington D.C. The carbon fiber plane has a wingspan of 208 ft. (like a Boeing 747),  and weighs about as much as a small car (3,527 lbs.) It can fly day and night without fuel or polluting emissions. It is 80 ft. nose to tail.

See it as it flies

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri June 14, 2013

How close are drones to gathering news?

Camcopter S100

The Federal Aviation Administration has started writing licensing and safety regulations regarding using unmanned air vehicles (UAV’s) for alternate purposes, such as newsgathering, by 2015. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on how these drones may eliminate the need for TV news helicopters.

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Recruiting veterans
6:12 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Cincinnati businesses ramp up military veteran recruiting

Area employers learn how to better recruit, hire and retain returning veterans at a panel discussion Monday at the United Way.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Greater Cincinnati companies, including Total Quality Logistics (TQL), GE, US Bank and Horseshoe Casino, are learning to better recruit, hire and retain local veterans.

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Rebuilding lives in Japan
6:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Helping tsunami-ravaged Japan play again

This is what the new playground will look like in Ishinomaki, Japan
DAAP

Ishinomaki residents are still suffering


For the last two years children in Ishinomaki, Japan have had few places to play. When the tsunami hit in March 2011 waves reached 33 ft. high, killing 3,000 people, destroying 20,000 homes and forcing many of the city's residents to live in shelters, even today, as reported here in The Daily Beast.

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