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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The retail landscape is changing more quickly than ever, but all of the experts at this week’s “Retail Summit 2017” in Columbus are optimistic. Attendees say it's still a healthy industry - with room for both online and brick-and-mortar business.

Barbara Wyslouzil

In what scientists are hailing as a potential breakthrough for studying climate change models, a team led by an Ohio State University researcher has set a record for creating cubic ice crystals, which typically exist in the coldest clouds and are extremely difficult to make on Earth.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Win games, sell tickets - it's easier said than done. But a record-winning season for the Columbus Blue Jackets has led to record ticket sales. 

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Some people swat at bees. Others put out traps. The Ohio Department of Transportation is funding a new proposal to protect the buzzing insects, and they're asking the public to help.

Debbie Holmes

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Cain likes building things with his hands. Earning $10 an hour, the West High School graduate is one of eight trainees using power tools to rehabilitate a duplex on Chicago Avenue in Franklinton. 

Nationwide Arena
WOSU file photo

For the third year, Nationwide Arena will not be able to pay back any of its loans from a complex deal to use casino-tax money to finance the arena.  


Ohio State researchers report a three year study shows eating tomatoes may lessen the risk of developing skin cancer.  


A 30-year old man shot by Columbus Police officers last Friday in Franklinton died Monday morning from his injuries. But the case is raising some questions.

Tom Borgerding

It was revealed today a Columbus man pled guilty in 2015 to plotting a terrorist attack in the U.S.  The plea was sealed for two years because of an ongoing investigation.

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It's estimated that 10 percent of small farmers across the country leave farming every year. With a program called Begin Farming, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is trying to help beginning farmers with the challenges that come with running your own business.

Debbie Holmes

This is the second of a two-part story on the aftermath of the Kirkersville shooting and the viability of police forces in small communities. Read part one here.

Debbie Holmes

This is the first of a two-part story on the aftermath of the Kirkersville shooting and the viability of police forces in small communities. Read part two here.

Ohio State University's Women In Aviation

Under the Lady Buckeyes banner, Ohio State sent pilots on Thursday to compete for the first time in an all-women cross-country airplane race.   

Columbus Division of Fire

Columbus leaders are taking a new approach to getting a more diverse police and fire department.  They recently hired what they call "community evaluators," who will help in selecting applicants.  

Mexican school student
Sarah Gallo

The Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration has divided some families. For the families that remain together, life in Mexico can be hard, especially for children who've never called the country home.


Military members face unique challenges when going off to war, and another set of challenges when returning home.

A new program at Ohio State University is trying to help by training professionals to deal with issues unique to returning service members.

Debbie Holmes

Advocates for regulating the safety of manufactured homes in Ohio are urging the state senate to reject efforts by Governor Kasich's administration to gut an independent oversight commission.

Debbie Holmes

Paying bills. Making friends. Finding a job, housing, or even just food. Aging out of foster care brings a range of challenges for young adults thrust into a new world.

A new program at Capital University is trying to help.


New research shows that black girls are punished at a greater disparity than black boys - and that holds true in Central Ohio.

Debbie Holmes

After opening in 2013 with the idea of pairing low-income students with local businesses, Cristo Rey Columbus High School in downtown Columbus will graduate its first class of students. And, as the 47 seniors commemorate their four years at Cristo Rey, all of them will celebrate being accepted into college.

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As the fourth Democrat to enter the Ohio governor's race, Nan Whaley wants to take what she's learned as mayor of Dayton and bring it to the rest of the state.

Esther Honig

With a rising homicide rate, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs says violent crime in the city will get more attention this summer as officers ramp up their efforts in vulnerable neighborhoods.  


A ceremony was held Thursday honoring five Ohio officers, including two from Central Ohio, who died last year in the line of duty. 

Sam Hendren

Binaya Subedi was born in Nepal but came to the United States when he was 17. Now, as an Ohio State associate professor of education, he studies the Bhutanese-Nepali community in Central Ohio and the issues they face around identity, poverty and prejudice.

COTA sign
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If you're taking a Central Ohio Transit Authority bus to work or school on Monday, you might want to pack  a little patience. Monday represents the first day of a new route system that officials say took several years and about $10 million to develop.

Columbus Chamber of Commerce

The head of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced his resignation Wednesday morning during a Board of Trustees meeting.

Curtis Stitt served 18 years at COTA, including the past five as president and CEO. 

NCAA Women's Basketball/Facebook

Columbus will host 12 college championship events over the next five years, NCAA announced last week, including basketball, bowling, golf, lacrosse, rifle and volleyball. While the city has shown increasing interest as a sports location in the past few years, including for the women's basketball Final Four, it may be a harder sell for the industry's biggest events.

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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports Ohio’s unemployment rate for March stood at 5.1 percent.  That number did not change from February’s rate.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets' season ended with a 5-2 loss to the Penguins last night in Pittsburgh.

Nick Houser

A Columbus Police officer known as "the dancing cop" to some because of his community policing efforts, will take his message back to Harvard University next week.