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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Newport Aquarium
3:09 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Turtles get prime place at Newport Aquarium

This turtle, part of the new exhibit, was rescued and will eventually be released out in the wild.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Visitors to the Newport Aquarium's Turtle Canyon, set to open March 22, won't have any trouble seeing the exhibit's star, Bravo.

Bravo is the largest turtle in the Midwest, weighing in at 600 pounds. The Galapágos tortoise was hatched April 19, 1929 on the Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz. In the next few weeks Bravo will arrive by truck and the aquarium will use a crane to get him inside.

Bravo will join Thunder, the oldest resident at Newport Aquarium at more than 100 years of age. Thunder is a 118 pound alligator snapping turtle.

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Focus on Technology
2:23 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Winter tech that makes you comfortable & safe

This house is getting a "snow melting system," that uses hot water heat to keep the driveway free of snow and ice.
Redi Heating and Air Conditioning

  

Heated Driveways

Tired of walking on snow and ice covered sidewalks and having to repeatedly scrape and plow your driveway? Why not order a "snow melting system" and encourage your employer to do the same?

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Flying Pig
12:06 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Flying Fur run now part of Flying Pig Marathon

SPCA dogs will benefit. For every registration IAMS will donate 1 bag of pet food to the SPCA.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Flying Pig Marathon organizers are adding pets into the mix with the first "Flying Fur Run."

The 2-mile dog/owner run will be held on Saturday May 3 beginning at 1:30 p.m. near the Purple People Bridge.

Communication Manager Jason Taylor says this event "could be a warm-up for marathon participants."

For every dog and owner who sign up, IAMS will donate 1 large bag of pet food to the Cincinnati SPCA.

You can register for the IAMS event here.

Gay marriage
12:13 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Same-sex couples sue Ohio to be listed on birth certificates

Nicole Yorksmith and wife Pamela want to be listed on their children's birth certificates and are among same-sex couples suing Ohio.
Ann Thompson WVXU

A lawsuit filed Monday in Cincinnati seeks a federal court order requiring Ohio to put the names of both people in same-sex marriages on the birth certificates of their children.

The plaintiffs include three lesbian couples who were married in other states where same-sex marriage is legal. All live in Greater Cincinnati. One of the women in each marriage is pregnant through artificial insemination. The babies will be born in Cincinnati hospitals in the next few months.

They are represented by attorney Al Gerhardstein.

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Covington
11:53 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Waterfront breaks free and hits bridge

Mark Heyne WVXU News

The nearly three-decade old Waterfront Restaurant broke free from its moorings and hit the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge Thursday morning.

Kenton County Police initially closed the bridge until they could determine if there was any damage. They have since reopened it.

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