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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Solving the challenges facing at least 52 seniors could be key to boosting Columbus City Schools' grade on the state report card - and may help ward off a potential state takeover.  

Federal officials will scrutinize whether Mount Carmel West hospital and Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital meet all conditions for Medicare participation. 

After shelving the bulk of school realignment recommendations made last November by a volunteer task force, the Columbus Board of Education moved rapidly last night to alleviate crowding and address a gap in the language program feeder system – just ahead of the district’s school lottery deadline next week. 


Two new lawsuits have been filed against Mount Carmel health system and the doctor under investigation in dozens of questionable deaths. 

Columbus City Schools

The site of the long-closed Fifth Avenue Elementary School could become a retail and housing complex.

Two months after shelving a task force's recommendations on closing and repurposing district buildings, the Columbus Board of Education is asking for more information on what to do with some overcrowded and aging buildings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced Hall of Fame player Martin St. Louis will join the team as a consultant.  

Columbus Bar Association

The head of the North Linden Area Commission has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Columbus Board of Education

A second wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Mount Carmel West doctor accused of administering excessive and fatal doses of fentanyl to more than two-dozen patients.

A lawsuit filed Monday alleges a doctor, nurse and pharmacist at Mount Carmel West gave excessive and fatal doses of the powerful opioid fentanyl to over 20 patients over a five year period.  

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been pulled from the roster for tonight's game against Nashville.  

Leadership and focus will remain the same for the Columbus City Schools in the new year.


  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - REGULAR BOARD BUSINESS MEETING






  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - SPECIAL BOARD WORK SESSION


  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - REGULAR BOARD BUSINESS MEETING

The Columbus Board of Education is accepting applications to fill the seat of Mary Jo Hudson, who announced last week she is resigning at the end of the year.  

Columbus police say they will continue undercover stings targeting robbers who lure victims through online Buy/Sell/Trade sites, despite two confrontations that turned violent - and in one case deadly - in the past week. 

Columbus Partnership

Columbus’ Major League Soccer team could join the baseball and hockey venues downtown  in a plan unveiled today by the investor group prepared to buy the Columbus Crew SC franchise.


One-time mayoral candidate James Ragland has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Columbus Board of Education.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Ohio State University announced Tuesday it plans to launch a preventative care health clinic in a closed Near East side library building.  

Ohio Attorney General's Office

Authorities have arrested four members of a southern Ohio family in the 2016 murders of eight members of another family in Pike County.  

In a surprise move Tuesday, the Columbus City Schools' Board of Education approved indefinitely shelving the bulk of the recommendations on school closings and consolidations put forth by its task force.

Central Ohio Democrats did well in Tuesday's Ohio House races.

Franklin County voters Tuesday approved a replacement levy for the Metro Parks system by a margin of nearly 2-to-1, giving the system the green light to continue to expand.  

The Ohio Secretary of State's office says more than 1.3 million people voted ahead of Tuesday's election, far outpacing the number of votes cast early statewide four years ago.  

A federal grand jury has indicted a central Ohio doctor on charges related to a health care fraud scheme that included marketing unnecessary prescription creams in low-income neighborhoods and billing Medicaid for millions of dollars. 

Smithsonian Magazine

Two Akron high school students on an archeological dig on the grounds of George Washington's Virginia home discovered an artifact that preceded the first president by several millenia.  

Hundreds of people attended a prayer vigil at the Jewish Community Center of Columbus Sunday night to mourn the 11 victims of a gunman at a Pittsburgh synagogue.  

A Pataskala haunted house drew protestors and condemnation Saturday, for an event that seemed particularly offensive after the morning’s shooting at a Pennsylvania synagogue. 

Alison Holm / WCBE-FM

After six months of deliberations and seven public forums, the Columbus City Schools' task force on facilties voted on a final slate of recomendations on school closures and reconfiguration. 

The Columbus City Schools' board voted Tuesday to proceed with an aggressive plan to pull away from last month’s dismal state report card grade – with the threat of a state takeover hanging over the district’s future.

Task force recommendations to overhaul Columbus City Schools by consolidating some schools, closing some, and selling off excess property are continuing to evolve, ahead of a vote by the school board next month.