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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With shrinking state funding because of coronavirus-related cuts, at least one Central Ohio school district is taking their financial woes to voters. 

Columbus City Schools Board of Education
David Holm / WOSU

The Columbus Board of Education votes Tuesday night on nearly $25 million in coronavirus-related expenditures. 

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After 23 years as a school resource officer, Larry Howell says he'll miss working at Whetstone High School. In June, Columbus City Schools decided not to renew its contract with the Columbus Division of Police following protests over police presence in schools. 

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours a former supermarket that the city is turning into a free market and pharmacy in Linden.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

South Linden community leaders are excited about Columbus' plans to build a new free food market and pharmacy on Cleveland Avenue. 

Signs in the shape of face masks say "This Was Preventable" on the window of Tigertree in the Short North.
Tigertree / Facebook

After 14 years in the Short North, Tigertree is closing its doors because of safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Family Missionary Baptist Church

Black males account for 75% of the homicide victims in Columbus so far this year. Columbus Police report that as of July 8, out of 63 homicides, 42 of the victims were Black men or boys, while 10 were white males.

CleanTurn Cleaning Services

As more companies bring workers back into the office, after months of working from home, business is also ramping up for the services that clean those buildings. 

The Ohio State University President Michael Drake speaks during a vigil Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, following an attack on campus the previous day.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Former Ohio State president Michael V. Drake will be heading back to California as the next president of the University of California system.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus Police report violent crimes in the city are on the rise, which officials link to the coronavirus pandemic. 

A closed sign is posted at Pins Mechanical duckpin bowling alley and bar in downtown Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s jobless rate has improved slightly since businesses began reopening. But as COVID-19 continues spreading through the state, one Central Ohio economist says the rest of 2020 will be difficult.

A "cargominium" housing development in Columbus was torn down before it was completed.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

A "cargominium" housing development on Columbus' Northeast Side, which was built from reused shipping containers, is coming down before a single resident moved in.

Marathon racers running
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The 2020 Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon, scheduled for October 18, has been canceled.

People hand out water bottles and supplies as protesters march on High Street in Columbus on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Protests against racial inequities in policing continue in Columbus this weekend, after Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus City Council both propose ideas for reforms and great oversight.

For those continuing to march, however, proposals aren't enough.

Elderly person in a nursing home.
Sabine van Erp / Pixabay

As Gov. Mike DeWine loosens visitation rules at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where the coronavirus pandemic has hit hardest, mental health professionals are counseling residents to help ease their stress.

The Ohio State University

Ohio State University says it's making the SAT and ACT test scores optional for most students applying at the Columbus campus for 2021. The temporary move comes after testing dates were canceled for the spring, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.