Debbie Holmes

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Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.

She returned to radio news after moving to Los Angeles and earned 2 Golden Mike awards for live news reporting. In 2002, she earned her MBA at Franklin University.

In September 2009, she returned to her career roots and started working part-time at WOSU News and in December 2010 began working full-time. She enjoys public broadcasting because it allows her to cover news stories in-depth. Debbie and her husband have two children.

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According to state report cards, Columbus ranks at the top of large school districts for chronic absenteeism, with a rate of 38.1 percent. And education advocates say that can have a rippling effects for students.

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You’ve probably read some of the stories. Maybe it was the one about thousands of fake ballots being stored in a Columbus warehouse for the 2016 election.  Or one about President Obama signing an executive order to ban the Pledge of Allegiance in schools. They're all fake.


A man who flashed a gun at Columbus State Community College earlier this month, causing it to close for one day, has been indicted by county prosecutors. 

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The state auditor says officials at a southern Ohio correctional facility committed fraud and misused more than $20,000 in public funds. 


The race to become Ohio’s next governor continues to grow. Like the three Democrats who jumped into the 2018 race in recent weeks, Northeast Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci says he’s best-served to represent working-class Ohioans.

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Ohio's Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, which reviews and evaluates the state's prisons, may be folded into the governor's administration - essentially eliminating a legislative check and balance.

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A suspect who allegedly showed a gun while confronting a student at the Columbus State campus Wednesday was arrested early this morning at a hotel in Dublin.

Columbus State Police Chief Sean Asbury says 18-year-old Deandre McClarin made his escape after the incident inside one of the campus buildings. He ended up at a Dublin hotel where authorities caught up to him.

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Just over two years after President Obama kicked off My Brother's Keeper, an effort to mentor young men of color, Ohio State University will begin studying how well the program works in central Ohio and how it can improve.  

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What was the site of the nation’s first ever public housing complex is getting a second life. As residents begin moving into new housing at the old Poindexter Village, though, many see the complex as a site of lost history. 

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As several Republicans signal their interest in the Ohio governor's race, just one Democrat has officially stepped up and declared their candidacy: State Senator Joe Schiavoni.

Columbus City Council holds a public hearing Tuesday on banning the practice known as conversion therapy by community and mental health professionals. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, but has been widely discredited by the medical community.

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Ohio State's Don Scott Field airport, which first opened in 1942, will undergo major renovation over the next 10 years. Modernizing the terminal, building a new flight education center and upgrading training aircraft will cost about $20 million.

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Two people were injured when a truck crashed head-on into a school bus Thursday morning on Columbus' west side, according to police.

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Tyrus Jennings, 18, says he does his best to stay away from trouble. Several years ago, though, trouble found him.

Someone fired shots close to where he was standing outside, and a stray bullet went through his left leg. It could easily have been worse.

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Columbus city officials plan to invest more than $20 million into Hamilton Road on Columbus’s southeast side.  The project aims to boost business investments and rejuvenate a long-overlooked commercial area between I-70 and Refugee Road.

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Franklin County officials report they have discovered pills sold on the streets that were marked as oxycodone were actually counterfeit and contain fentanyl instead. 

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State investigators say they’ve brought drug charges against two people using evidence from last year’s murder of eight people in Pike County. 


The Ohio Farmers Union meets in Columbus today for its 83rd annual convention.  The list of top issues includes high real estate property taxes, increased fertilizer runoff that cause algae blooms and the future of the Affordable Care Act.


As the number of opioid-related deaths in Ohio remains high, the number of prescriptions dropped for the fourth straight year.  

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Real estate in central Ohio last year saw some of its highest home sales and prices on record. The demand resulted in a smaller supply of homes and a shorter average time on market.


Will the presidency of Donald Trump be a disruptive force? Both his supporters and critics think so - but in very different ways.

As hundreds of Central Ohioans head to Washington, D.C. to witness and protest against the inauguration of the 45th president, two Columbus residents talk about their own reasons for joining the crowds.

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A 10-year-old Columbus student says "God put it on my heart" to organize a bottled water drive for victims of the Flint, Michigan water crisis.


For her efforts, Mackenzie Lewis was honored Thursday with a Governor's Humanitarian Award at the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Holiday Commemorative Celebration. 


What will Ohio’s economy look like in 2017?  Governor Kasich warned last month that the state could go into recession in the new year.


The Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night matches up third-ranked Ohio State with second-ranked Clemson in a college football playoff semifinal. Last time the teams met, in the 2014 Orange Bowl, Clemson won 40-35. 


The Columbus Realtors group says home sales in the Columbus area have set another record. 


A health poll of Ohio adults finds that more than half of them provided unpaid care for an older relative in the past year.

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A new Franklin County Sheriff will take over on January 2: Dallas Baldwin, a retired Lieutenant with the Columbus Police Department.

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After winning away games both Friday and Sunday, the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team hikes to a 20-5-4 season record. They bring their so-far successful run back to Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night for the start of four home games.

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Black girls are magic, so why shouldn't the holidays be, too?

That's the line of thinking behind the Malaika Mentoring Program's Black Girl Magic Holiday Drive on December 14, a first-of-its-kind gift drive.

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The Limited retail chain began laying off some of its 248 employees at New Albany headquarters on December 2. Company officials have not announced what will happen to its 250 retail stores.