Brick by Brick – About Us & Meet the Team

Brick by Brick is a regional team effort with a purpose; to explore and investigate viable answers to social problems using solutions journalism. Meet the team and learn more about us below.

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Ann Thompson – Host, Producer

Over the last thirty years in Cincinnati, Ann Thompson has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported and anchored for WVXU, WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV and Metro Networks and freelanced for NPR, CBS and ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and she has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. She is a former News Director and Operations Manager. Ann has reported from India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships. Ann thinks of the Brick by Brick project as “journalism for good.” She serves as host and producer. Ann lives in Anderson Township with her husband Scott. They have two boys. Jake graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2022 and Kurt attends West Point.

Emiko Moore – Multi-Media Journalist

Emiko Moore is a graduate of Ohio State University has been a freelance producer for NBC News for the last 20 years, covering stories in southwest Ohio and in the tri-state area. She also hosted The Lebanon City Show and was a print journalist for the Western Star, focusing on Warren County. Prior to moving back to her hometown of Lebanon, OH, she worked in NYC for NBC TODAY and NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation. As a volunteer with Building Bridges Community Conversations, Ishinomaki Playground Project, and Miller Ecological Park, she believes it takes continuous work to strengthen communities. She is excited about journalism that explores the issues while highlighting solutions to bring about positive change. 

Hernz Laguerre Jr. – Multi-Media Journalist

Hernz is a Haitian American who was born and raised in Spring Valley, NY. He attended school at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he learned to hone his skills as a storyteller. After graduating with his Bachelors in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and his Masters in Television Radio and Film, he went on to a career in media as a producer, reporter and freelance videographer for companies like ESPN and Court TV. He eventually moved to Detroit, where he worked as a Multimedia Journalist for The Detroit News and then the NPR affiliate, WDET, before starting his work with the Brick by Brick team at CET and ThinkTV. Hernz aims to produce stories that tell the bigger picture while doing his due diligence to educate and inform the public about the solutions-focused work being done in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.

Mark Lammers – Executive Producer

Mark is an award-winning storyteller, producer, and a native-Cincinnatian. As a fresh Ohio University graduate, he jumped into producing broadcast news with CBS affiliate KKTV in Colorado Springs, CO. Gaining insight over a half-decade, Mark then pivoted to production management, helping Amazon Studios produce and launch its first line of original streaming series in Los Angeles. From there, Mark and his wife Sheena (a fellow Cincinnatian) returned to the Queen City to start a family and serve as executive producer and director of local content for Public Media Connect, CET and ThinkTV. Since joining the team, he’s earned numerous regional Emmy awards. Mark hopes this effort – to highlight solutions while contextualizing our social problems – will empower more of our neighbors to engage with each other to create a better future for us all. 

This regional community affairs program is about exploring solutions to complex problems in Southwest Ohio. First up: The housing crisis. The lack of affordable and available housing is one of the most urgent issues facing our region.

While most news stories focus on problems, this multiplatform series takes a look at solutions. We’ll explore ideas that are being tried, both locally and nationally, to see what we can learn from their successes or failures. Our goal is to find out what works, to understand why or why not, and to explore the potential for applying the solution more broadly in our region.

Our purpose? To inform and connect local residents, elected officials, non-profit and business leaders through the discussion of solutions that hold promise for our region.

While most reporting focuses on social problems, often presented in dire terms, solutions journalism is reporting framed around responses to social problems.

Recent studies have shown that offering audiences solutions makes them better informed, and, crucially, gives them hope that problems can be solved. As a result, audiences are more likely to become engaged and are more willing to discuss issues with their community. 

Learn more about solutions journalism here.