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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The Greater Columbus Convention Center is one of six sites identified by the state to handle COVID-19 patients in the case hospitals are overwhelmed by a surge.  

Governor Mike DeWine is sending Ohio National Guards members to the Elkton Federal Prison in eastern Ohio to help with the coronavirus medical crisis, following a formal request. 

The Ohio Channel

While states like New York  and California are being swamped by a tsunami of COVID-19 cases, Ohio continues to brace for the surge.  With 102 COVID-19 related deaths and over 3700 postive cases, Governor Mike DeWine warns it is coming.

Technology developed by Columbus-based Battelle could stretch the nation's supply of critical personal protective equipment, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to build momentum.

Ohio health director Dr. Amy Acton says efforts to slow the progression of coronavirus in the Buckeye state are starting to pay off.  

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic online crafting sites and social media have been flooded with patterns and pictures for homemade masks, but are they actually useful?  

While many businesses have been closed by state order in the last 10 days, "essential" businesses have been able to remain open.  State officials are asking businesses to self-police.

Commercial activity in Ohio has dropped dramatically, as a result of state orders closing bars, restaurants, gyms, entertainment, and many businesses have chosen to close over concerns about the coronavirus.  

Governor Mike DeWine capped a week of orders limiting people’s travel and virus exposure with a “Stay At Home” order begins Monday at midnight and extends through April 6th.  He says there are some “common sense” exemptions.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today the the state's senior centers and daycare facilties will close at the end of the day on Monday.  

Columbus City Schools will add a new distribution site at Dominion Middle School Monday to provide free meals for Columbus kids.  

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is temporarily suspending fares during the coronavirus pandemic and making changes to make riding safer.   

The central Ohio chapter of the American Red Cross reports a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Franklin County health officials say a two-year old boy is the latest confirmed case of COVID-19.  The unidentified child is said to be resting at home.  

While establishing an official replacement date for Ohio's primary requires legislative action, registered voters who have not voted can cast an absentee ballot. 

Columbus City Schools are adding a 14th location to provide free meals to kids 18 and under during the covid-19 pandemic.  

Saying he can't ask citizens to choose between protecting their health, and exercising their right to vote, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is recommending that Ohio's primary election be extend through June 2nd.

Because only the legislature and the courts have the right to delay an election, a lawsuit will be filed in Franklin County today to ask the courts for a ruling.  Ohio Attorney General David Yost has been instructed not to contest the lawsuit.

Sectretary of State Frank LaRose admits suspending voting "is a serious matter".  

State ordered school closures will mean a lot of students will miss out on meals normally provided in their buildings.  

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The state order closing all k-12 schools for three weeks has districts scambling to find ways to stay connected with their kids.  

Federal prosecutors in Columbus say an MS-13 gang member who shot and killed a rival and threatened a witness will serve 30 years in prison.  

OSU undergraduates are being asked leave campus for their permanent homes, non-campus or alternative housing during the extended spring break.  

There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in central Ohio, but the school districts in the region are following state and local health departments closely.  

Three Ohioans have tested positive for the coronavirus, and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency.  

At a press conference this morning, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine clarified that spectators will not be permitted at the Arnold Sports Festival scheduled to open this morning in downtown Columbus. 

Columbus Police shot and wounded a man during a burglary response on Monday.

A detainee in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a Youngstown prison has died.

Columbus Fire officials say three juveniles face felony arson charges out of an investigation into a fire late last year at the old Hilltop Swim Club near Valleyview Drive. 

The last of five Ohioans tested for the coronavirus is in the clear.  

Franklin County Jail

Columbus police have arrested a South Side teen and charged him with felonious assault in the case of three brothers shot Monday night. 

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting another suspected case of the Coronavirus in the state, but is not confirming who or where.