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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Earlier this month, Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel raised some eyebrows for criticizing fellow Republican John Kasich's proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to more Ohioans, and some conservatives are still balking at the idea.

A New Albany doctor has been charged with the rape and murder of a pregnant woman discovered in her car last summer.

Gus Chan / Plain Dealer

Ohio State University says President Obama will deliver the commencement address in May, becoming the third sitting president to do so.


After five plus seasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets fired General Manager Scott Howson Tuesday night.  Alison Holm has more.

In the battle for economic growth, cities are competing to attract workers, businesses, and development. One lobbyist says the arts are an underutilized tool to boost a cities image -- and it's bottom line. 


The Republicans at the head of state government say they hope to remain on the job after 2014. The governor, state auditor, treasurer, attorney general and secretary of state have all indicated they plan to run again. And they have significant campaign cash on hand already.

A Franklinton landlord convicted in the aftermath of a fatal fire at one of his properties a year ago has been arrested again for violating probation.

The Ohio House has agreed to the governor's plans to move the State of the State speech out of the capital for the second year in a row.

A former Centennial High School resource officer pleaded guilty this morning to a federal charge that he coerced sexual behavior from minors.

Ohio gas prices are higher to start the new work week, but auto club AAA expects prices to decline overall this year.

Some communities are reporting increases in cases of influenza.

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

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.

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. 

Should Lame Duck Legislature Tackle Election Reform?

Nov 8, 2012

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

New conservative groups launch ads

Sep 26, 2012

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

Armed man detained at Obama rally

Sep 26, 2012

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. 

Romney and Ryan swing through Ohio

Sep 25, 2012

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

Mandel promises to limit term

Sep 25, 2012

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

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.