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Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, his writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets. He was also featured in the 2018 documentary The Chase Key, and was the recipient of the Sierra Club Great Waters Group 2021 Environmental Hero of the Year award. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council also awarded Holmes its 2021-2022 Media Openness Award for using the open records laws for investigative journalism. Holmes was also a finalist in the 2021 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards alongside the rest of the Wisconsin Examiner's staff. The Silver, or second place, award for Best Online Coverage of News was awarded to Holmes and his colleague Henry Redman for an investigative series into how police responded to the civil unrest and protests in Kenosha during 2020. Holmes was also awarded the Press Club's Silver (second-place) award for Public Service Journalism for articles focusing on police surveillance in Wisconsin.

"No vote for you" sign

Republicans sue Milwaukee over effort to get out the vote

By: - September 30, 2022

The city of Milwaukee, often called Wisconsin’s economic engine and for certain the state’s most populous city, continues to draw suspicion from Republicans who raised questions about voting practices there in 2020, when Donald Trump falsely claimed voter fraud deprived him of victory in the presidential election. In November, voters  across the state go to […]

Homes MKE development teams selected to renovate 150 vacant properties

By: - September 29, 2022

The Homes MKE initiative in Milwaukee took another step forward Wednesday after Mayor Cavalier Johnson signed a resolution selecting the development teams for the initiative. Homes MKE aims to renovate a minimum of 150 vacant city-owned residential properties in Milwaukee. The resolution, which was signed after a unanimous common council vote, authorized the property sales […]

A protest held outside of the Milwaukee GOP field office. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Protesters outside Milwaukee GOP office denounce ‘racist’ ads

By: - September 22, 2022

A group of voters in Milwaukee joined community organizations and elected officials outside the Wisconsin Republican Party’s field office on Martin Luther King Drive. The office, located on Milwaukee’s predominately African American North Side, opened in the Bronzeville neighborhood in 2020. On Wednesday, it became the site of a brief protest organized by community members, […]

Kenosha County courthouse. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

The Rittenhouse shootings started a gun debate in Kenosha that hasn’t ended

By: - September 21, 2022

This story was published in partnership with The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom covering gun violence in America. It can be viewed here on THETRACE.ORG. Sign up for their newsletters here. It’s been more than two years since a police officer fired seven shots into the back of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, Jr., setting off days of protest […]

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Should Milwaukee’s North Shore consolidate its seven police departments?

By: - September 20, 2022

For the communities that make up Milwaukee County’s North Shore area, consolidation of government services is familiar. Fire departments, libraries and courts are already shared. But police services in the area spanning the villages of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, River Hills, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and the city of Glendale, have not undergone the same […]

Corrections department faces continued population rise, staffing shortages at Lincoln Hills

By: - September 19, 2022

As of Sept. 9, according to the Department of Corrections (DOC) weekly population report, there were 70 boys at the Lincoln Hills School juvenile correctional facility. The population has risen steadily since June, when it hovered around 58 boys. While the facility was built to hold more than 500, the steady influx of new youth […]

The banner which was hung from the Waukesha Transit Center. It has been edited to remove a website for the neo-nazi group. (Photo | Obtained through open records requests to Waukesha PD)

White supremacists exploit ‘false narrative’ of racial motivation in Waukesha parade tragedy

By: and - September 14, 2022

In the 10 months since six people were killed and more than 60 injured when an SUV slammed into the Waukesha Christmas Parade, white supremacist and neo-fascist groups have cultivated a belief that the incident was a racially motivated attack on white people. That belief, which was indulged by one high-ranking Republican Party official in […]

Banner at Milwaukee climate march 2019 (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

DNR releases Climate Action Report as state weathers severe flooding

By: - September 14, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a climate action report outlining some of the challenges and achievements of  the last year. While efforts are underway to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy, the impacts of climate change are becoming more apparent by the year. “Climate change is one of […]

Clean Wisconsin joins legal battle between DNR and Kinnard Farms

By: - September 12, 2022

A group of Kewaunee County residents represented by Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) has intervened in a legal dispute between Kinnard Farms and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Kinnard, a giant dairy farm, has pushed back against wastewater permit requirements imposed by the DNR in March 2022. The move comes just days after Clean Wisconsin […]

The 14th annual Walk for Recovery in Milwaukee. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee Alano Club holds 14th annual Walk for Recovery

By: - September 12, 2022

“I do have 36 years sober,” said Karen H., a woman who agreed to share her story on Saturday, shortly before the 14th Walk for Recovery in Milwaukee was to begin. The annual event brought dozens of people together, from those who have been in recovery from substance use disorder for decades, to others who’ve […]

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Uneasy start to the school year in politically charged Waukesha

By: - September 8, 2022

School districts across the state are  navigating the effects of a highly charged political atmosphere as they go back to class this year. In May, Wisconsin Examiner reported that Republican lawmakers were approaching school libraries with a list of books parents felt should be removed. The list was just one facet of a much wider […]

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Environmental groups ask Army Corps of Engineers for review of Line 5 reroute

By: - September 5, 2022

A group of environmental organizations have sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, calling on the agency to conduct an environmental review for the proposed new segment of Enbridge Line 5 in northern Wisconsin. Doing so, the groups argue, will provide an assessment which is independent from the Department of Natural Resources […]