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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Many people in Columbus are going hungry at times because they can’t buy enough nutritious food to last through the month.  A new study by Ohio State University researchers found that a third of households in some neighborhoods struggle to get enough food. 

That figure is twice as high as previously thought.

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After serving on the Ohio Supreme Court for 15 years, Bill O'Neill's new year began with an attempt by Senate Republicans to kick him off. Before it could go any further, though, he stepped down himself to pursue the goal that's been on his mind for months: running for Ohio governor. 

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Ten years after the 2008 recession, some small businesses in Central Ohio—especially establishments run by African-Americans—could still use a boost to become  successful. That’s one of the reasons why a new Central Ohio African-American Chamber of Commerce recently opened in northeast Columbus.

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Gov. John Kasich announced on Thursday that he would appoint Mary DeGenaro, a justice on the Seventh District Court of Appeals in Youngstown, to the bench of the Ohio Supreme Court. She will fill the vacancy being left by Bill O'Neill, who's stepping down Friday to run for the Democratic nomination for governor.

One year after his inauguration, Donald Trump has seen mixed results from his presidency. While he’s made strides on fulfilling promises to his conservative base, his approval from the rest of the country has suffered – he ended 2017 with an approval rating of less than 40 percent.

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Franklin County Commissioners have approved a new paid family leave policy. About 1,400 workers in Franklin County can now get two weeks of their normal pay when taking time off under the family leave program. 

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A small balloon could be one of the best bets for Columbus doctors to save gunshot victims. And as Columbus continues to experience a wave of deadly shootings, Grant Medical Center has already found plenty of opportunities to put it to use.

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Some Ohio homeowners who faced foreclosures during the Great Recession will get some relief through a $45 million settlement with a New Jersey-based mortgage lender.  

While the tax reform law will provide tax cuts to Ohioans, those cuts may not provide the boost needed for future economic growth. Ohio State University economist Mark Partridge says Ohio's manufacturers may see some benefit, but investment in workers will do more.

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After 52 years working in city government, Columbus city auditor Hugh Dorrian jokes his biggest accomplishment is his long record. Dorrian will retire at the end of December. 

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Richard Cordray stepped down from his position as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in November. But as he ramps up his campaign for governor, he's pointing back to those years as proof he can serve Ohioans.

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At Dale Tree Farm in Delaware County, Shannon Schoch and her family found just the right tree.

"You guys like this one?" Schoch asks. "Yeah, I like it. It has a good shape at the top."

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Around 60 Central Ohio students will come to Columbus State Community College for "capture the flag" on Friday. But it's not like the schoolyard game many kids are used to - rather, it's a cyber security challenge that organizers hope will energize students to join the growing field.

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Columbus City Schools raised about $21 million when it sold some of its’ valuable land near downtown at an auction Tuesday.  

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The Ohio State University football team faces the University of Michigan, its biggest rival, tomorrow at noon at Michigan Stadium.

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