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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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.

The Columbus Board of Education today hears first hand a recommendation to close more schools. An advisory committee voted unanimously to shutter four elementaries and five middle school schools before the start of next school year. WOSU's Debbie Holmes reports. "I think we've told them before that there is with the community meetings, come to the community meetings, this is about student assignments " Columbus schools superintendent, Gene Harris, met with the members of the external advisory committee as it reviewed frequently asked questions about the proposed school closings.

Thanksgiving will include a large turkey for hundreds of families in need thanks to an effort led by a central Ohio mosque.

You have a happy Thanksgiving okay. You too thank you." Members of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center teamed up with the Columbus Public School District to brighten the Thanksgiving holiday for 800 families within the district. Families like Edna Moore's were identified within the district and given a voucher to get a free turkey.

Columbus Mosque Helps Needy.

Nov 25, 2009

Thanksgiving will include a large turkey for hundreds of families in need thanks to an effort led by a Central Ohio mosque. WOSU's Debbie Holmes reports.

"You have a Happy Thanksgiving o.k. you too thank you."

Members of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center teamed up with the Columbus Public School District to brighten the Thanksgiving holiday for 800 families within the district. Families like Edna Moore's were identified within the district and given a voucher to get a free turkey.

The funeral for Stefanie Spielman will be held this morning at Trinity United Methodist church in Marble Cliff. On Monday, hundreds of mourners came to the Longaberger Alumni House near the OSU campus to remember the woman who had inspired so many as she fought breast cancer for more than a decade. WOSU's Debbie Holmes reports.

The Columbus City School Board faces tough decisions next month. At issue: which schools to close next year. The board promised voters during its most recent levy campaign it would close at least six schools. A committee advising the board has identified as many as nine schools that face possible closure and last night at East High School the first in a series of hearings on the plan. WOSU's Debbie Holmes reports.

The 2010 congressional elections are a year away but the campaign in Central Ohio's 12th district has already begun.

THIS TELEVISION AD BY MOVE ON DOT ORG HIT THE AIRWAVES IN SEPTEMBER, 14 MONTHS BEFORE VOTERS WILL DECIDE BETWEEN INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN PAT TIBERI AND HIS OPPONENT FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PAULA BROOKS. TIBERI WHO FIRST RAN FOR CONGRESS IN 2000, SAYS THIS TYPE OF EARLY ATTACK IS NEW.

The state's sixth-largest school district, Southwestern City Schools, is planning to restore sports, with unofficial results showing voters finally approved a tax issue yesterday. The district in suburban Columbus had canceled its athletic programs after three levies in a row were defeated.

The state's sixth-largest school district is planning to restore sports. The South-Western City school district had canceled its athletic programs after three levies in a row were defeated. WOSU's Debbie Holmes reports

More than 500 students, parents, and school officials within Southwestern City schools could not hold back their excitement as they watched the votes supporting a 7.4 mill operating levy start to gain momentum. Grove City High School Tenth Grader, Summer Shane, is looking forward to being on the track team again.

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