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

Huong Pham and Twee Win run Huong Vietnamese Restaurant on Columbus' North Side.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Many food establishments are facing tough choices as they approach the third week of Ohio's shutdown of bars and dine-in restaurants. In the Columbus area, some are offering carryout service to keep their business alive, while others are laying off all their employees.

Erin Gottsacker (center) was working for the Peace Corps in Ethiopia when the organization evacuated all its volunteers.
Erin Gottsacker

An Ohio Peace Corps volunteer is back home from Ethiopia after organizers quickly evacuated volunteers around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Ohio State runner Julia Rizk hopes to qualify for Tokyo Olympics
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic left many athletes disappointed. One Central Ohio native, however, is taking the news in stride.

The Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

While supplies of personal protective equipment remain tight, Ohio prison inmates will be making their own masks. 

PBS Television

WOSU and other public television stations around Ohio are trying to fill the education gap created by shuttered schools. Starting Monday, Ohio’s PBS affiliates are changing programming to emphasize home learning.

Demand at the Nelsonville food pantry increased after the government shutdown, during which SNAP payments were altered for funding reasons.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio food pantries are converting operations into drive-thru facilities to make it easier to help families in need while preventing the spread of the coronavirus. 

Radiant Kids Childcare Inc.

Daycare locations that received temporary pandemic licenses to stay open in Ohio may still face some financial difficulty.

As many businesses close for the coronavirus epidemic, the Franklin County Board Of Commissioners is offering some new assistance.

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Many daycare centers will be closing Wednesday under new rules by the Ohio Department of Health. Starting Thursday, March 26, the daycare providers will need a "temporary pandemic child care license" to continue.

Ohio Alliance For Arts Education

Artists in financial need during the coronavirus shutdown can now apply for grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Service in downtown Columbus.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

While funeral homes across Ohio maintain their operations, services are getting adjusted due to the coronavirus outbreak.  

COTA / Facebook

COTA has suspended fares for passengers for the extent of the coronavirus outbreak, while requesting customers limit all non-essential bus travel.

Paper products at Giant Eagle's Grandview Store
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Workers sanitizing the handles of shopping carts and baskets has become the new normal at the Giant Eagle in Grandview, and at supermarkets around Ohio.

Mayor Andrew Ginther and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference March 3, 2020.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus officials on Saturday confirmed the city's first case of coronavirus. Mayor Andrew Ginther and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts announced that a 49-year-old man had been tested and found to have COVID-19.

Columbus City Schools District Office.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The Columbus Board of Education is empowering a community committee to decide whether to put a levy or bond issue on the November ballot.