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

Harley Blakeman created HonestJobs to connect people with criminal records to jobs.
Harley Blakeman / Twitter

Ohio State graduate Harley Blakeman, 28, overcame some self-inflicted hurdles, and is now an entrepreneur who wants to help others who made similar mistakes.

In 1940's, African American nurses treated tuberculosis patients at Staten Island's Seaview Hospital.
Black Angels / YouTube

A new mini-documentary focuses on the contributions of black nurses during an 1940s epidemic of tuberculosis in New York.  The film, “Black Angels: A Nurse's Story,” will be shown Tuesday evening at Ohio State’s College of Nursing.


Ohio State students now have access to a new wellness app to find mental health resources.

Franklin County Municipal Courthouse

Columbus and Franklin County officials say a new municipal courthouse downtown may go up across the street from the current courthouse.

Ohio State

The search for a new Ohio State University president moves forward with the help of a Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm.

Amazon distribution center in Groveport, Ohio.

Amazon has started hiring more than 1,500 workers for a new distribution center in West Jefferson. 

Eastland Mall on South Hamilton Road is part of a new effort to revitalize the South Side.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

South Hamilton Road on the East Side will start seeing new sidewalks and turn lanes going up over the next two years.

School supplies
Vishwanatha Srinivasan / Pixabay

A national home-school advocacy group has joined efforts by Dayton Public Schools to push for more state protections for home-schooled children.

Tina Pierce was one of two new Columbus Board of Education members elected in November.
Tina Pierce / Facebook

The Columbus Board of Education has two new members this year, both of whom say they look forward to fewer closed-door meetings and more open discussions about the issues.

Angie Jenkins, Shanette Strickland and Meredith Lawson-Rowe are the first African American women to serve on Reynoldsburg City Council.
Reynoldsburg Area Democrats / Facebook

The New Year will bring an historic occasion in Reynoldsburg, as three African American women take seats on the suburb’s city council for the first time. Voters elected all three Democrats in November.

Gov. Mike DeWine talks to farmer Kris Swartz in Perrysburg on June 19, 2019.
Nick Evans / WOSU

It looks like 2019 could be the first year in a decade where Ohio loses jobs. Will 2020 provide better job prospects in the state?

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Ohio State University researchers have found that Americans with health insurance are paying soaring prices for out-of-network care. 

Front of 105-year old Hebron Elementary School
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Winter may start in just a few weeks, but inside the 105-year old Hebron Elementary School building in Licking County, some days can still feel like summer.

Aaron Westbrook, Founder of Form 5 Prosthetics, shows a 3D printer used to make artificial limbs.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Aaron Westbrook decided, back when he was a high school student in New Albany, that he could develop a better prosthetic arm than the one he received when he turned 14.

A foreclosure sign.
Jeff Turner / Flickr

Franklin County has outlined a new process to ensure the rightful property owner will receive any excess money from a foreclosure.