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.

Ways to Connect

The 2010 Census Road Tour is crossing the Buckeye state to inform Latino and Somali communities how important it is to be counted this year.

La Plaza Tapatia on the West side attracted close to 100 people from both the Latino and Somali communities in Central Ohio.

Community leaders like Lilly Cavanaugh encouraged the group to fill out the census forms which will be sent out in March.

Residents on the West side either love or hate the idea of a casino in their part of town. They are not shy about expressing their views.

Life long west side resident Jan Fields doesn't see anything positive if a multi-million dollar casino locates near her neighborhood.

"It's just going to bring more traffic and you know like I said it's going to bring crime into the neighborhood." Fields said.

While supporters point to job creation as a way to boost development on the West side, Fields has many questions.

Casinos won't be up and running for two years in Ohio, but that's not stopping some dealer training schools from out of town looking for business of their own.

Ohio voters approved four cities, Toledo, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, for gambling. That has drawn the attention of gaming schools like Worldwide Gaming Academy in Buffalo, New York. The company, also called Niagara Gaming Academy, advertises online and specifically targets people interested in becoming casino dealers in the Buckeye State.


Dec 31, 2009

A string of Central Ohio hospital thefts appears to have been solved after 5 defibrillators were recovered from a Grandview Heights store.

Co-owner of reTagit Paul Childress says a customer saw the medical equipment on his company's website. Childress says he had no reason to think the items were stolen because the man who brought them in had done legitimate business before.

"Some of these items had been taken out of use and now we've learned that several of the items were still in use and have actually been stolen." Childress says.

In a tough economy, a segment that usually benefits is the vehicle repossession companies.

While the repo-men and women still use old-fashioned methods to find cars more and more of them are turning to technology-including social media-to locate them.

"What's the address of that one on North Champion? Is it out back? It's out back, right? Okay we're in route."

'Tis the season for holiday gift buying and gift cards are popular with shoppers for many reasons. But,why would one store sell products that send shoppers to another store? WOSU'S Debbie Holmes explains the economics of the gift card.

As buses carrying the soldiers pulled up at St. John Arena relatives and friends let out their emotions. It had been about a year since their tour started in Iraq. Specialist Brad Hoffman had spoken regularly to his family, but was relieved to be home. "Exciting just happy, glad to be back and I haven't seen them in awhile 6 months since leave, so it's just nice to see their faces. It's nice to see them okay." Hoffman said.

The Columbus school board has unanimously approved approved the closing of nine elementary and middle schools. The move comes after several weeks of community hearings and public comment. WOSU's Debbie Holmes reports some parents and teachers are unhappy with the decision.

"In light of the information I have received, I am going to accept the recommendation of the external oversight committee."

School board member, Bryan Stewart admitted the decision to close nine schools was not easy, yet was necessary.

Workers and supporters of the Community Crime Patrol reminded council members that the organization's budget has been cut by 60%. The crime fighting group patrols Clintonville, German Village, Merion Village and the Hilltop. Director, Ellen Moore says another cut will happen next year.

"While it appears that we are receiving level funding for 2010 we are actually being cut by $50,000. The Mayor's budget for 2009 included $200,000 for CCP as it does for 2010, but our 2009 funding was supplemented by $50,000 in federal stimulus money not available to us in 2010."

Outraged business owners told Columbus City Council members they don't think the new parking meter rate hikes are fair. Those concerns came as members heard a request to step up purchase of meters that will accept credit cards to ease the strain of higher prices. WOSU's Debbie Holmes reports. ------- Several business people from downtown and the Short North district told city council members they felt left out of a decision to raise meter rates by 50%. President of Betty's Family Restaurants, Elizabeth Lessner, made it clear she doesn't approve of the increase.