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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Home Sales
3:47 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Home sales up; fiscal cliff worries continue

Greater Cincinnati realtors are waiting to see what happens with the fiscal cliff. They don't want it to harm a recovering housing market.


For 17 months in a row Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky homes sales have increased. Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors President Tom Hasselbeck hopes the upward trend continues.


"It's all a combination of excellent interest rates, eager home buyers, the market is actually shrinking in terms of available homes."

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Music Hall
12:30 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Music Hall lease signed; renovation ahead

Timetable for the $95 million dollar renovation will be announced next year
WVXU

Efforts are underway to raise the money needed to renovate Music Hall. The project can move forward now that the revitalization company and the City of Cincinnati have signed a 75 year lease.

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telemedicine
7:15 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

UC Robot brings telemedicine into closer view

A couple of students practice on the InTouch RP-7 telehealth robot named "Flo-Bot," in honor of Florence Nightingale
UC College of Nursing

With projected nursing shortages and an increasingly older population, robots are playing a bigger role in Telemedicine. Meet the University of Cincinnati's "Flo-Bot," named for Florence Nightingale.

The approximately 5'5 rugged robot with video screen and eyes ten times stronger than a human moves around a room checking on simulated patients, as nursing students in another room control her. Emanuel Lewis guided them.

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bid rigging
5:24 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Ohio bid rigging investigation underway

Mark Heyne

There are questions regarding whether Ohio Department of Transportation employees followed the proper bidding procedures and allowed conspiracies between suppliers. A Hamilton County company is the first to plead guilty.

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Postal Service
5:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Businesses could help maintain small town post office presence

A new Village Post Office sign on the Dunkelberger Lawn and Garden store
WVXU

With small town post offices closing and cutting hours, the Postal Service has developed a new concept in which it partners with stores to offer its services. One Butler County store is the  second Village Post Office to open in Ohio.

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