Hosts and Staff

Tom Borgerding (89.7 NPR News Managing Editor)

Tom BorgerdingTom Borgerding has worked in both commercial and public radio newsrooms.

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 BrownSteve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio. 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 HendrenSam 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)

Ann FisherAnn Fisher joined WOSU in 2009 after nearly 30 years in the newspaper business. A native of Michigan, Ann earned a B.S. in journalism at Michigan State University.

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 HolmesDebbie 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 M.B.A. 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 JuravichAmy Juravich joined WOSU in September 2007. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Duquesne University in 2005 with a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in English.

It was during college that Amy came to appreciate the values of public radio when she worked as a student news reporter for WDUQ-FM (a Pittsburgh NPR news station). After college Amy moved to Tallahassee, Florida to work as a reporter for WFSU-FM and Florida Public Radio covering capital news for the state. Amy left Florida to marry her high school sweetheart Jonathan Juravich in December 2006.

After arriving in Columbus, Amy worked briefly as an Associate Producer at NBC 4 before joining WOSU. Amy has won several journalism awards for her public radio reporting (back then her name was ‘Amy DiFiore’). In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with Jon, eating out, going to the gym and traveling (she studied in Rome during college).

Marilyn Smith (89.7 NPR News Afternoon Host)

Marilyn SmithMarilyn Smith is the local host of WOSU NPR News’ All Things Considered. She began her career in Broadcast Journalism at WOSU as a graduate intern.

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 (Director, News and Public Affairs)

Mike ThompsonMike Thompson has worked for WOSU since 2001, gaining the position of news director in 2005.

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.

Mike and his wife Mary have twins – Madeleine and William.

Mandie Trimble (89.7 NPR News Reporter)

Mandie TrimbleMandie 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.

When Mandie’s away from the station she’s likely reading, working out, spending time with friends or playing with her dog, Jasper.