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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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.

Kindergarten teacher Mindy Skinner reads to one of her kindergarten classes.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Kindergarten teacher Mindy Skinner is worried about the district's financial future as she reads to one of her half-day kindergarten classes at Liberty Tree Elementary. Each of her classes has 18 students.

The "Dublin Link" pedestrian bridge connects two sides of the city of Dublin over the Scioto River.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

After three years and more than $22 million, the city of Dublin has opened its one-of-a-kind suspended pedestrian bridge over the Scioto River.  The unique structure has an S-shape curve that hovers through a main tower soaring 169 feet above the river.

Voters cast their ballots at the Cincinnati Public Library's polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Crime, drugs and guns top the list of social issues most concerning to African Americans in Ohio, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday.

Columbus' second Chief Diversity Officer, Beverly Stallings-Johnson, started in February 2020.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Only a few weeks into her job as the city’s second-ever chief diversity officer, Beverly Stallings-Johnson says Columbus is getting closer to its goal of a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community.

Smart Columbus self-driving shuttles are coming to Linden.
Smart Columbus

The Linden Leap autonomous shuttles will stay off the roads until investigators determine what caused one to stop unexpectedly last Thursday afternoon, injuring one passenger.

Bald eagles were once almost wiped out of Ohio. Now, the state has more than 220 nesting pairs.
Jim Kaftan

On a recent weekday morning, Ohio Division of Wildlife biologist Laura Kearns used her binoculars to spot a bald eagles’ nest high in the tree branches on Columbus’ Northwest Side.

South Central Ohio Job and Family Services covers Ross, Vinton and Hocking counties.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is creating a $1 million Emergency Response Fund to help agencies and caseworkers burdened by the ongoing opioid epidemic. 

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Choir (1945) in Mt. Vernon Ohio.
Knox County Black History Digital Archives

African American communities in rural Ohio began not long after Ohio became a state in 1803.

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.