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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Eastland Mall on South Hamilton Road is part of a new effort to revitalize the South Side.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

South Hamilton Road on the East Side will start seeing new sidewalks and turn lanes going up over the next two years.

School supplies
Vishwanatha Srinivasan / Pixabay

A national home-school advocacy group has joined efforts by Dayton Public Schools to push for more state protections for home-schooled children.

Tina Pierce was one of two new Columbus Board of Education members elected in November.
Tina Pierce / Facebook

The Columbus Board of Education has two new members this year, both of whom say they look forward to fewer closed-door meetings and more open discussions about the issues.

Angie Jenkins, Shanette Strickland and Meredith Lawson-Rowe are the first African American women to serve on Reynoldsburg City Council.
Reynoldsburg Area Democrats / Facebook

The New Year will bring an historic occasion in Reynoldsburg, as three African American women take seats on the suburb’s city council for the first time. Voters elected all three Democrats in November.

Gov. Mike DeWine talks to farmer Kris Swartz in Perrysburg on June 19, 2019.
Nick Evans / WOSU

It looks like 2019 could be the first year in a decade where Ohio loses jobs. Will 2020 provide better job prospects in the state?

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Ohio State University researchers have found that Americans with health insurance are paying soaring prices for out-of-network care. 

Front of 105-year old Hebron Elementary School
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Winter may start in just a few weeks, but inside the 105-year old Hebron Elementary School building in Licking County, some days can still feel like summer.

Aaron Westbrook, Founder of Form 5 Prosthetics, shows a 3D printer used to make artificial limbs.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Aaron Westbrook decided, back when he was a high school student in New Albany, that he could develop a better prosthetic arm than the one he received when he turned 14.

A foreclosure sign.
Jeff Turner / Flickr

Franklin County has outlined a new process to ensure the rightful property owner will receive any excess money from a foreclosure. 

Workers build Honda Accords at the Honda factory in Marysville, Ohio
Steve Brown / WOSU

Ohio's unemployment rate stayed level last month at 4.2%, the same as in September.

Chickens on a farm.
Kate Brady / Flickr

Ohio poultry farmers could see business pick up now that China has lifted a ban on poultry imports from the U.S. 

Ohio State University doctor Sophia Tolliver attends to a patient.
The Ohio State University

A new Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center study finds that doctors may lack the knowledge to help African American women overcome a specific barrier to exercise.

Debbie Holmes

In Clintonville, a 100-year-old pin oak tree towers in front of Maureen Keyhani’s home on Arden Road. The tree sits in what is called a curb lawn between the sidewalk and the curb, and its knotted roots extend to the street.

Keyhani and her neighbors love the tree, so it was a surprise when Keyhani received a notice that the city of Columbus wanted to cut it down.

Buckeye Food Alliance, a student-run food pantry on Ohio State's campus, is opening a second location next semester.
Buckeye Food Alliance

A food pantry for Ohio State University students will be expanding next semester. The student-run Buckeye Food Alliance will open a new location at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church at the corner of West Woodruff and High Street.

A jug of used needles to exchange in Camden, N.J., on Oct. 29, 2015.
Mel Evans / Associated Press

A new study blames the opioid epidemic for high rates of Hepatitis C in Ohio’s Appalachia region. Ohio University researchers led a team of health professionals to examine the spread of the disease.