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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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The sky's the limit for UC drone researchers

UC's UAV hovers on campus.
Ann Thompson WVXU

 The Cincinnati Fire Department is looking into the possibility of using drones in the future. The city is partnering with the University of Cincinnati to test, what promises to be, a turn-key system.

The whirr and the sight of this small quadroter freezes University of Cincinnati students in their tracks as they stare at it in subzero temperatures.

Graduate Student Bryan Brown says, “Oh yes, every time we do this we have about 10 people stop and they’ll come up and take videos, especially when it’s warmer.”

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Protecting skiers from serious injury

The skiers who tested the D-Air SKI include Manuel Osborne-Paradis (left) and from right: Werner Heel and Jan Hudec.

The manufacturer of an airbag for skiers is putting the final touches on the product that continues to be tested in high-speed downhill events. Dainese, an Italian company that also makes airbags for motorcycle racers, had hoped to have the D-Air® SKI ready for the Sochi Olympics.

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BOE
11:22 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Sec. of State: Try to reach compromise on BOE move

There were some heated discussions as people argued why the BOE should and should not be moved to Mt. Airy.
Ann Thompson WVXU

UPDATE:

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is telling Republicans and Democrats on the Hamilton County Board of Elections to try to work out their differences on moving the board offices to Mt. Airy among themselves, before he casts a tie-breaking vote.

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Elmwood Place
2:47 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Judge rules in favor of motorists in Elmwood Place camera case

Judge Ruehlman ordered the sheriff's department to confiscate the village's traffic enforcement cameras last summer.
Sarah Ramsey WVXU (file photo)

Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman has ruled in favor of motorists who are suing Elmwood Place over its automated traffic speed cameras.

The decision, granting summary judgement, came Thursday and here are some of the highlights.

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Real Estate
12:01 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Private investors buying up Cincinnati properties

According to RealtyTrac, Cincinnati ranked fifth nationally in December when it came to the cities with the highest percentages of institutional investor purchases. These real estate investors are known as flippers and they buy lots of bank-owned foreclosed properties.

Read the report here.

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