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

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.

Dan Keck / Flickr

The daughter of an Upper Arlington couple faces murder and assault charges in a fatal shooting that left one of her parents dead.

The new Smartlane on eastbound Interstate 670 east of downtown Columbus opened on Wednesday, October 23.
Ohio Department of Transportation

Commuters headed home Monday afternoon through I-670 on the Northeast Side may want to find an alternate route as ODOT crews work on emergency repairs.  

tractor in farm field
Jean Beaufort / Public Domain Pictures

Despite a disappointing year for growing corn and soybeans in Ohio, farm incomes on average are likely to go up compared to last year. 

Closed payday lender Cash Loan
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

What once was a booming payday lending industry in Ohio has shrunk dramatically since the Short-Term Lender Law took effect in April.  Some companies have left the state, while others are changing their business model.

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine continues to defend his "STRONG Ohio" gun legislation proposal, details of which he released Monday.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The puck drops Friday night at 7 p.m. for the start of the NHL season for the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Fans may be wondering how this team will perform, since several of its top players departed after a successful season last year.

Ohio State professor Frederick Aldama, co-creator and director of SOL-CON.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The growing racial diversity of Columbus inspired an Ohio State University English professor to create an exposition for black and brown comic artists and animators. Now in its fifth year, “SÕL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo” brings together students, indie comics, exhibitors and industry insiders.

The Ohio State University President Michael Drake speaks during a vigil Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, following an attack on campus the previous day.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio State University President Michael Drake continues his opposition to allowing college athletes be paid for the use of their likeness.

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The multi-national organization Doctors Without Borders is coming to Columbus to find some of its next workers.  Recruiters will speak to medical and non-medical professionals at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's North Side Branch at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Even after a $340,000 update to its cupola in 2018, West High School still doesn't have central air conditioning.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

A mid-September heatwave in Central Ohio has made it difficult for some students to concentrate in class.  While many suburban districts boast air-conditioning throughout, about 30 Columbus school buildings lack a central cooling system.

Ohio State University

Experts say that suicide rates are higher among international students. The situation prompted The Ohio State University's Office of International Students to hold a mental health workshop on campus Wednesday.

Jordan Washington switched careers to be an electrician, which he's learning on the job as part of a five-year apprenticeship.
Rivet / WOSU

Ohio is one of six states chosen for a program to increase the upward mobility of adult learners. The goal of the "Educate for Opportunity" project is to train workers for technical and other jobs that are in high demand. 

A map of where the new Crew stadium would be located in the Arena District.
City of Columbus

Columbus City Council on Monday takes another step forward in the plans for the development planned around the proposed new Columbus Crew stadium.


While critics of Ohio’s recent nuclear bailout are moving toward a referendum to repeal the law, the new policy has won some support from an unusual source.