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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Innovator Salman Khan
12:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Khan Academy - Free Education for Anyone

You may have seen the recent 60 Minutes piece about innovator Salman Khan and his Khan Academy, the online site dedicated to providing a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. . He shares his vision about an education free of state mandates and lengthy lectures in his just released the book One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, and he joins Ann Thompson on the phone to discuss his successes thus far, and what will be coming next.


UC
4:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

UC students on location for "end of the world"

Uxmal, an archaeological site. The pyramid is called "Pyramid of the Magician"
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Three dozen University of Cincinnati students are close to ground zero today as the Mayan calendar predicts an end of the world. The UC trip to Yucatan , Mexico, studying U.S. investments and Mexican development, is an annual one and always happens at this time of the year. Adjunct instructor Constance Lardas  and her students know it's not the end of the world.


"But I think they are excited at any rate. They're excited to be going, specifically at this time. We've talked about it in my classes at UC so I know everybody's aware of that."

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Focus on Technology
12:31 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Future Innovations to Keep Elderly at Home Include Robots

1. “Flo-Bot,” UC’s new telemedicine robot, allows doctors and nurses to assess the patient while not in the room.

Smart devices and robots are keeping older adults in their homes longer. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports that University of Cincinnati students are inventing new devices and aids to test in a smart house.

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
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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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