Hosts and Staff
Tom Borgerding (89.7 NPR News Managing Editor)
Borgerding joined WOSU in August of 1985 and currently serves as managing editor and reporter. He has reported stories for regional and national networks. A native of St. Louis, he has strong Midwest tendencies.
He lives in northeast Franklin County with his wife, Vicki.
Steve Brown (89.7 NPR News Morning Anchor)
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and son. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
He left Ohio in 2007 to become the morning anchor at KSTK in Wrangell, Alaska while also serving as a regional correspondent for the Alaska Public Radio Network. Steve has also anchored and reported for public radio stations in Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida. His award-winning features have been featured on several NPR programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
When he’s not working, Steve is likely listening to public radio, playing guitar or watching his beloved Buckeyes.
Sam Hendren (89.7 NPR News Reporter)
Sam Hendren brought more than two decades of experience to WOSU when he arrived in August of 2005. Born in Tennessee and raised in North Carolina, Hendren began his journalism career at the University of Alabama’s public radio station (also his alma mater).
He’s reported extensively from across the Southern U.S., the inter-mountain West and the Great Plains states. His work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace, and the Voice of America. He served as executive producer of the environmental radio magazine High Plains News, based in Billings, MT, and was news director at public station KMUW, in Wichita, KS.
Sam is the recipient of many national awards for journalistic excellence.
Ann Fisher (Host, Executive Producer of All Sides with Ann Fisher)
She has covered politics, public affairs, culture, media, and business over the course of her career.
Ann started out at her hometown newspaper, The Grand Rapids Press, before moving to Ohio in 1987 to join The Blade in Toledo as a feature writer. In 1989, she transferred to The Blade’s Columbus bureau to cover state government and politics.
In 1997, Ann joined The Columbus Dispatch and covered the Appalachia region of the state for a year before joining the newspaper’s editorial board. She returned to news in 1999 as state editor. In 2005, she became the Dispatch metro columnist.
Ann moved to Ohio for work. She stayed because she loves central Ohio and its people.
She has lived in German Village, Clintonville, and Delaware Township and now makes her home in Worthington with her husband Jeff Martin and their son Liam.
Debbie Holmes (89.7 NPR 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.
Amy Juravich (89.7 NPR News Midday Host)
Amy Juravich is the Midday Host on 89.7, NPR News and the radio promotions producer for both 89.7 and Classical 101. She also directs 89.7’s talk show All Sides with Ann Fisher.
Amy joined WOSU Public Media in 2007. She began her career in public radio at WDUQ-FM (a Pittsburgh NPR news station) and worked in Tallahassee, Florida as a reporter for WFSU-FM and Florida Public Radio covering capital news for the state.
She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Duquesne University with a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in English. Amy also attended OSU’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs earning a Masters in Public Administration with a focus in nonprofit management.
Amy lives in Clintonville with her husband and daughter.
Marilyn Smith (89.7 NPR News Afternoon Host)
Through the years, Smith has worked as a reporter and producer and was one of the early hosts of a local hour of Morning Edition. She can now be heard in the afternoons and has also hosted call-in programs during her years of service at WOSU. Marilyn and her husband have two children.
Mike Thompson (News Programming Director, 89-7 NPR News)
Mike Thompson has worked for WOSU since 2001. He’s worked as a reporter, host, news director and news programming director. He hosts WOSU TV’s weekly political show, Columbus on the Record.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mike earned a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University and a Masters in Business Administration from Ohio State University.
Mike has worked in radio and television in Massachusetts and Ohio earning numerous awards for enterprise and investigative reporting. He serves on the board of The Columbus Metropolitan Club.
Mike and his wife Mary have twins – Madeleine and William.
Mandie Trimble (89.7 NPR News Reporter)
Mandie Trimble began working at WOSU in 2005. A native of Alabama, Mandie graduated from the University of Alabama in 2004 with a B.A. in Telecommunications and Film. She has worked in both print and broadcast news.
Mandie came to appreciate the non-sensational style of public radio news when she worked as a student reporter and anchor for Alabama Public Radio.
Since joining the WOSU news team, Mandie’s reporting has been featured on NPR programs such as Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation. Her work has been the recipient of numerous awards including national recognition by the prestigious Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.
In her free time, Mandie loves to read fiction, run and travel. She has a Maltese, Jasper.