Alison Holm

Reporter, News Anchor, International Fiduciary Compliance Officer

A native of Chicago, Alison grew up in Cincinnati and lived in several cities that did not begin with the letter "C" before she moved to Columbus. She received a BA from Earlham College and briefly attended Bir Zeit and Hebrew University. After a wide ranging career that included late night jazz host, housing discrimination field investigator, and occupational health video production, she settled on radio news as the best excuse to talk to people for a living. Some of her favorite interviews include Nikki Giovanni, Yo-yo Ma and N'tobo M'beke. Alison has an equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.

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News
8:27 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Columbus Education Commission Announced

Mayor Michael Coleman yesterday introduced the members of a new commission that will focus on improving education in Columbus.

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News
10:17 am
Wed November 14, 2012

State considers setting up hybrid insurance exchange

The deadline is just days away for Ohio to announce whether it will begin plans for a state-based health insurance exchange in compliance with the President's Affordable Care Act.  Ohio's Republican lieutenant governor insists the new federal health care law is flawed, but she says the state is moving forward with the overhaul.

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News
10:05 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Probe into Columbus City Schools deepens

State auditor David Yost has announced the some Columbus City Schools officials could face criminal charges as a result of his investigation into an attendance rigging scandal. 

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News
4:34 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Should Lame Duck Legislature Tackle Election Reform?

The lame duck session of the Ohio legislature is coming up in the next few weeks. And there’s some talk about whether lawmakers will take up the issue of election reform – specifically voter id and the elimination of early in person weekend voting opportunities. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports there is controversy as to whether legislators should take up those issues in the final weeks of this year.

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Election Coverage
1:14 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mixed Results For School Levies

School officials in Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati and Youngstown saw their levies pass on Election Day. But school issues were more of a mixed bag in Franklin County.

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Election Coverage
8:03 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Judge dismisses voting machine software lawsuit

A judge has rejected claims in an 11th hour lawsuit that alleges new software used in voting equipment in some Ohio counties could be used to alter ballots after they're cast. 

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Election Coverage
5:22 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Presidential polls still too close to call

In one of the last polls of the campaign season, the election is too close to call. Ohio Poll director Eric Rademacher tells Alison Holm the numbers are close -- even closer than they were a week ago.

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Election Coverage
9:11 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Candidates and surrogates making the most of Ohio appearances

Two new polls show the presidential race is tight in Ohio, but both polls give president Obama a slight edge.  the CBS/Quinnipiac/New York Times poll shows Obama with a 5 point lead, while the Ohio Poll by the Univversity of Cincinnati shows him 2 points ahead of challenger Mitt Romney.  Jim Messina, campaign manager for Obama says the the Romney campaign is propped up with inaccurate information.

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Election Coverage
8:34 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Party chair encourages early voting in face of possible power outages

High winds and dangerous conditions curtailed early voting in many places on the East Coast, as polling places were closed in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, raising concerns the storm could affect the outcome of the presidential election.

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News
7:37 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Ohio braces for fallout from Hurricane Sandy

Forecasters say high winds could down trees and cause other damage in Ohio as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coat.  flights heading to Eastern cities have been canceled at airports in Columbus, Dayton, Cleveland and the Cincinnati region.

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news
8:58 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Blue Jackets name new president; season still in doubt

The columbus Blue Jackets introduced the teams new president this afternoon.  former announcer and St. Louis Blues executive John Davidson will become the clubs president of hockey operations, replacing Mike Priest, who will concentrate on the business side of the franchise.

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election coverage
9:04 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Clinton, Springsteen, Strickland campaign for Obama in Ohio

Former President Bill Clinton brought some star power to eastern Ohio Thursday trying to stir blue collar support for President Barack Obama's campaign in the swing state. 

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News
7:16 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Columbus schools reaction to auditor's report

Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris responds to auditor's preliminary report on data scrubbing
Alison Holm, WCBE

The state's auditor says five Ohio school districts have used questionable attendance policies and practices, putting them at a higher risk for scrubbing attendance data to improve their school report cards.

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Election Coverage
9:26 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Obama and Romney circle Ohio

The presidential candidates are circling each other in Ohio today, vying for votes in the key swing state. 

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Election Coverage
9:16 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

New conservative groups launch ads

As polls indicate President Obama's is gaining the edge in key swing states, new Republican-leaning groups are entering the presidential advertising fray. 

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News
9:02 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Armed man detained at Obama rally

An eastern Kentucky man has been detained by federal officials who say he carried multiple firearms and ran through a roadblock during President Barack Obama's visit to the Cincinnati region earlier this month. 

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Election Coverage
6:55 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Romney and Ryan swing through Ohio

Kicking off an Ohio bus tour, Republican Mitt Romney says president Barack Obama is offering a "foreign" vision of government.

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Election Coverage
6:45 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Mandel promises to limit term

Republican Josh Mandel says he would limit himself to two terms in office if elected as a U.S. Senator.

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News
7:23 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Coleman: Schools A Top Priority, But No Takeover

In the wake of the Columbus City Schools superintendent's retirement announcement, Mayor Mike Coleman held a press conference to talk about future city involvement in the public schools.

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News
10:38 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

UPDATE: CCS Superintendent To Retire

The leader of the largest school district in Ohio has announced she will retire, amid a state investigation into alleged attendance rigging.

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