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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Voters waiting more than two hours to cast a ballot during the final weekend of early voting in Ohio on Sunday, November 1 at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Antone White, the new director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, says he's ready to evaluate the voting process and enhance voter education after the tumultuous 2020 election. 

A COTA bus in downtown Columbus in May, after the transit authority reduced its offerings becuase of the pandemic.
David Holm / WOSU

The Central Ohio Transit Authority Board of Trustees has signed off on a new three-year contract with Transport Workers Union Local 208. The deal includes 3% wage increases for 2021, 2022 and 2023. 

A group of artists were paid to paint temporary murals over the boarded-up windows of the Ohio Theatre on June 2, 2020, after it was damaged during protests.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Central Ohio lost tens of thousands of jobs and many small businesses in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bill Lafayette, economist and founder of Regionomics, says the COVID-19 vaccine offers hope that the economy can recover in 2021.

Republican Kyle Stone will be the first-ever Black elected prosecutor in Stark County, and the only one currently serving in Ohio.
Kyle Stone

In January, Stark County will have its first-ever Black elected prosecutor. Republican Kyle Stone, 37, will also be the only Black county prosecutor in the state of Ohio.

Ohio Investigative Unit

A nightclub on Columbus's far East Side is under investigation by state officials for a "flagrant" violation of COVID-19 health restrictions over the weekend. 

The Ballet Met's "Nutcracker" will go virtual for the 2020 holiday season.
Sarah Irvin / Ballet Met

This holiday season, the unrelenting pandemic will strike an economic blow to Columbus’ downtown entertainment sector. The ever-popular “Nutcracker” ballet and other seasonal performances will not be live on stage.

Protesters march down High Street in Columbus on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

A new non-profit organization called the State Of Ohio Collective, created after the Minneapolis Police killing of George Floyd in May, is proposing a 50-year plan to address systemic racism in Ohio.

BrewDog in Franklinton offered carryout food when bars and restaurants were closed, but has since reopened for service.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus City Council wants to cap fees charged by third-party restaurant delivery companies as a way to help restaurants survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airbnb
cottonbro / Pexels

As cases of COVID-19 surge in the state, Airbnb is cracking down on more than three dozen houses used for parties in Columbus.

North Market has now opened a second location in Dublin's Bridge Park District
North Market

A new North Market location in Dublin offers foodie fans a new adventure. The 30,000-square-foot location recently opened in the suburb’s Bridge Street District.

Retired judge Gary Tyack was elected as Franklin County Prosecutor, ousting longtime Republican Ron O'Brien.
Gary Tyack

Newly elected Franklin County Prosecutor Gary Tyack says the first item on his agenda is diversifying the staff within prosecutor's office.

People stand in line at the Hamilton County Board of Elections as they wait to vote, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Norwood, Ohio.
Aaron Doster / Associated Press

Many voters lined up at their local polling location around the state to kick-off the last day of voting in the 2020 election. Even with an emphasis on early voting, there were still long lines spotted in Ohio.

Flickr.com

Despite the coronavirus pandemic preventing many Americans from traveling this year, the owner of a Grandview travel agency is optimistic things will turn around in 2021. That's in part because of new travel insurance specifically focused on COVID-19.

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.

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