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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The Columbus Fraternal Order of Police and the department's top leaders will meet again Tuesday morning starting at 8 thirty, as they work to find a solution on new precincts for the division and new officer assignments.

As the 2010 Olympics continue in Vancouver, potential future Olympians are jumping and gliding at local ice skating rinks as they work to make their dreams come true.

13 year old Livvy Shilling easily spins on ice for hours every day at the Easton Chiller. She has been skating for 5 years since she gave up ballet. "It's like the wind in your hair and it's really fast and it just feels like you're free and when you go to jump it feels like you're flying for the half a second that you're in the air." Shilling says.

Due to the heavy snowstorm, around Columbus, many schools have cancelled activities this evening. New Albany Plain Local Westerville City Hilliard City Reynoldsburg Olentangy Local Columbus Catholic Columbus State Community College Ohio Dominican University Ohio State-Mansfield Campus has no evening classes. Ohio State-Marion Campus has no evening classes. North Central State College is closed this evening. Med Central College of Nursing also closed this evening. Ohio University Lancaster and Pickerington campuses are closed. University of Phoenix Columbus campus is closed this evening.

A sub-committee of the OSU Board of Trustees got a financial update on the university yesterday. For the moment trustees are not discussing higher tuition costs.

Over 175 OSU student volunteers scooped out servings of pasta and meatballs with sauce for ten dollars a serving at the RPAC Tom W. Davis Gym. The money will go the American Red Cross for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Student Organizer, Jordan Davis says the dinner was something everyone could do.

"A lot of us see the purpose in doing as much as we can here because we simply can't get to Haiti to help. And I know that so many students really would do as much grassroots efforts as they could if they had the opportunity to go over there but simply we don't." Davis says.

A lawsuit by some Columbus police officers to block a reassignment plan is on hold until a hearing next month.

A group of Columbus police officers went to Franklin County court Thursday to stop a plan to reassign some patrol officers. Police Chief Walter Distelzweig wants to split the 18th precinct on the north side that includes Polaris and the 14th precinct on the far east side of the city. The changes involve over 250 officers. Deputy chief Kim Jacobs says Polaris is a large area and the busiest.

The union that represents more than 3,000 Columbus school bus drivers, cooks and other non-teaching employees has voted down a two-year contract and authorized a strike.

Union president Betty Simmons-Talley says the Columbus School Employees Association voted 937-654 on Monday against a proposal that would have increased health-care costs. She says the vote also authorizes a walkout.

The contract offered pay raises of 1.65 percent in the first year and 1.75 percent in the second year.

Hocking College Threat

Jan 26, 2010

Hocking College officials in southeast Ohio are taking action to safeguard students after a threat on campus last week targeted black students. Counselors are on hand to empower students.

More security cameras and monitors as well as foot patrols are watching what happens at Hocking College. Someone wrote a threatening note against black students on a bathroom wall inside the Hocking Heights dormitory. The school is helping students take action with counselors. Doctor Roger Buck says the school has many students from island nations like Jamaica and Antigua who feel insecure.

A new downtown cafe will be the classroom for future culinary chefs at the Columbus Downtown High School. The cafe will teach students how to run a restaurant.

Columbus city schools instructor Pegeen Cleary leads the culinary arts program. Nearly 90 students are learning how to plan menus, shop, chop vegetables and fruits, and prepare a variety of food in a state of the art kitchen at the school. 16 year old Adam Alexander is learning what it takes to run a cafe. He can't wait to serve lunch customers at the school located at 364 South Fourth Street.

The efforts to move the Columbus casino to the West side of town has the strong support of at least one long time neighborhood restaurant. But,not everyone is eager to see a casino.

Lucy Yee helps to run the Ding Ho restaurant that her grandfather started over 50 years ago. She says overall that business is good, but it could be even better with a Casino at the old Delphi plant just down the road. "Oh I think it would be good, everything around us would be built. There's so many empty buildings right now, so we want it to come and more people will find us."Yee says.


Jan 18, 2010

Visitors at the King Arts Complex remembered the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of the King holiday. They had varied opinions about how President Obama is carrying out King's legacy.

The 2010 Census Road Tour is crossing the Buckeye state to inform Latino and Somali communities how important it is to be counted this year.

La Plaza Tapatia on the West side attracted close to 100 people from both the Latino and Somali communities in Central Ohio.

Community leaders like Lilly Cavanaugh encouraged the group to fill out the census forms which will be sent out in March.

Residents on the West side either love or hate the idea of a casino in their part of town. They are not shy about expressing their views.

Life long west side resident Jan Fields doesn't see anything positive if a multi-million dollar casino locates near her neighborhood.

"It's just going to bring more traffic and you know like I said it's going to bring crime into the neighborhood." Fields said.

While supporters point to job creation as a way to boost development on the West side, Fields has many questions.

Casinos won't be up and running for two years in Ohio, but that's not stopping some dealer training schools from out of town looking for business of their own.

Ohio voters approved four cities, Toledo, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, for gambling. That has drawn the attention of gaming schools like Worldwide Gaming Academy in Buffalo, New York. The company, also called Niagara Gaming Academy, advertises online and specifically targets people interested in becoming casino dealers in the Buckeye State.


Dec 31, 2009

A string of Central Ohio hospital thefts appears to have been solved after 5 defibrillators were recovered from a Grandview Heights store.

Co-owner of reTagit Paul Childress says a customer saw the medical equipment on his company's website. Childress says he had no reason to think the items were stolen because the man who brought them in had done legitimate business before.

"Some of these items had been taken out of use and now we've learned that several of the items were still in use and have actually been stolen." Childress says.