Debbie Holmes

News Morning Host

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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Buying The Columbus Dispatch at a newsstand will cost you double what it did last year.

Michael Slager, the man charged with burning and killing his ex-girlfriend, will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Thursday at a hearing in a downtown Columbus courtroom. 

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A formerly vacant lot in the Hilltop, once filled with used needles and broken glass, will transform into a campsite for children who don't often get to see the simpler side of life.

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State fire marshals say it wasn't foul play, but they're still trying to figure out what caused a fire that killed about 5,000 pigs at a farm in Fayette County.

An Ohio State study finds that some Ohio farmers could lose more than half of their annual income if a threatened 25 percent tariff goes into effect on soybeans and corn sent to China.

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These days, when the owner of Buckeye Donuts looks outside his door, he doesn’t recognize what he sees.

Columbus Police body camera footage

Columbus Police have cleared two officers of wrongdoing in last summer's shooting death of Kareem Ali Nadir Jones.

Kirkersville Police Cruiser
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The Franklin County Coroner's Office will conduct an autopsy on Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes, Jr., who died unexpectedly last Friday at his home in Reynoldsburg.

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We originally ran this story in June 2017. We are republishing it now after the death of Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes, Jr., who was the town's third chief in a year. 

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.

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A new arts space in Columbus’ King-Lincoln District will transform shipping containers into unique showcases for local artists throughout the summer.

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After the shooting deaths of the Kirkersville Police chief and two others at a nursing home, the Licking County village spent months without a police force.

A year after the massacre, the nursing home has reopened and there's a new chief in town, but his criminal record and work history have divided the community.

For the last two decades, the demand for pharmacists outpaced their supply - until now. Supply has finally caught up to demand, especially in Ohio.

Pharmacy graduates can still easily get a job in their field, but now their roles are changing.

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The Columbus health department took the unusual step of shutting down two grocery stores this month after shoppers reported rodent droppings and chewed grocery items on store shelves.  

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Columbus parents and students at West High School are concerned conditions inside the nearly 90-year old building will continue to decline. Ceiling tiles and plaster fall sporadically, and the building either gets too hot or too cold, depending on the weather.


In an effort to increase its foothold in the growing marijuana industry, Scotts Miracle-Gro is buying the largest distributor of hydroponics products in the country.