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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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.

The Limited headquarters in New Albany, Ohio.
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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.

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State Treasurer Josh Mandel has announced he’s running again for the U.S. Senate. 


A new poll finds that a majority of Ohioans purchased produce from farmers markets in the past year, but how often varied by income and education levels.  

Lake Erie
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Congresswomen from Ohio and Michigan are urging federal officials to designate western Lake Erie as an impaired waterway because of the harmful algae that is hurting the lake.

Messages of support and solidarity have been left by passerby at the Ohio State University student union after Monday's attack.
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As the Ohio State University campus gets back to its routine following Monday’s attack outside of Watts Hall, some students, faculty and staff may need more time to recover.  University officials are offering more counseling services to help in the healing.

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The First Black Girls Think Tank, created in Columbus, recently traveled to D.C. for a meeting with White House staff and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty.  The group of eight, ages 12 to 18, shared their findings on issues facing black girls.

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Airline travelers headed in or out of Columbus for Thanksgiving should not find long lines, despite an uptick in travel this year. 

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The first Thanksgiving is a sweet myth of Indians and colonists sharing a meal, but as we now know, the real story is much more grim.

An acclaimed book written by Ohio State University professor Margaret Newell captures what happened to some Native Americans who were enslaved by the colonists.  

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A lawsuit filed by a Denver based company charges that Dublin City Schools violated Ohio law in its attempt to purchase a vacant building owned by the company. 

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Tuesday’s election has polarized many people.  The chairs of the Ohio Republican and Democratic parties have differing views on why the polarization is a good thing.


Columbus is known for its high number of military veterans.  The Library of Congress wants to collect and preserve more service related stories as part of its Veterans History Project.

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Mothers addicted to alcohol and drugs respond better to treatment when their children also take part in their recovery, according to a new study from The Ohio State University.