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.

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Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

As Columbus approaches a record-rate of homicides in 2020, city leaders are stepping up efforts to stop the violence. So far this year, 132 people have died due to violence.  The city is quickly approaching 2017 when a record 143 people died due to homicides.

American Plastic CEO Don Roberts shows a plastic divider created at his company.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic forced many companies to think more about how to protect the health of their customers and workers. American Plastic on the Columbus' Northwest side has benefited from a huge demand in plastic products that are created on- site.

Gahanna-Jefferson teachers picket on Tuesday morning.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Remote learning continues for Gahanna-Jefferson School District students while their teachers strike over a contract dispute on how to safely return students to the classroom, while allowing others to remain online during the pandemic.

Gahanna-Jefferson teachers picket on Tuesday morning.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Dozens of teachers held signs saying "Settle Now" in front of the Gahanna-Jefferson School District headquarters and Lincoln High school on Tuesday morning, after the teachers union voted to go on strike.

The new CHOICES domestic violence shelter which opened in January and can accomodate up to 120 people and currently has a waitlist of more than 40 people.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Domestic violence-related fatalities in Ohio have spiked over the past year, and some experts partly blame isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Safe Point is Central Ohio's only needle exchange program.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Drug overdose deaths in Ohio have been climbing in 2020, and a new study offers recommendations on how government funding could help reduce the numbers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Liliana Vasquez, president of Columbus Council of LULAC, talks with Latina residents.

As the October 5 voter registration deadline approaches in Ohio, the push is on by the Franklin County Adelante Democrats to sign up more Latino voters.

In this April 28, 2020 file photo, Marcia McCoy drops her ballot into a box outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

With only 43 days left until the November election, the Columbus branch of the NAACP is focused on its efforts to get out the vote early. Due to COVID-19, the largest and oldest civil rights organization in the country is expanding how it reaches voters.

Police in riot gear in front of a protest at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus City Council on Monday decided to table proposed restrictions on the police department's use of military equipment and non-lethal weapons like tear gas.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Columbus City Council on Monday night approved a $41.5 million budget cut to the city's general fund due to lower revenues caused by the economic impact of COVID-19.

Ohio State University

Ohio State University has canceled next year’s spring break to reduce student travel during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It’s one of several schedule adjustments the school is making to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
Nati Harnik / Associated Press

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is joining 32 local and tribal governments opposing recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service.

Columbus Crew supporters at the Nordecke fan section on September 29, 2019.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

MAPFRE Stadium will come to life again with spectators Sunday night, when the Columbus Crew SC will host FC Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. But space is limited to just 1,500 spectators, because of health precautions due to the ongoing pandemic.

In this May 20, 2020, file photo, signs that read "No Job No Rent" hang from the windows of an apartment building during the coronavirus pandemic in Northwest Washington.
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Columbus-area landlord Andrew Levering is questioning why the CDC's national moratorium on evictions, ordered by the Trump administration through the end of 2020, will not give assistance to landlords.

A Census 2020 form is seen Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
Gregory Bull / Associated Press

As U.S. Census Bureau field workers undertake last-minute efforts in the 2020 census, officials say they're optimistic about meeting the shortened timeframe – despite complaints from community groups and concerns about undercounting critical populations.