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.

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Enbridge and Bad River Band to meet following pipeline decision

By: - November 30, 2022

By the end of December, the legal battle between the Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc. and the Bad River Band will enter its next phase. U.S. District Judge William Conley issued an order Monday that requires Enbridge and the tribal community to meet to discuss ways to mitigate dangers associated with the company’s Line 5 […]

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One year since Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy

By: - November 24, 2022

One year after the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy, residents gathered to remember and pay their respects. The memories are still raw for many Waukesha residents, still haunted by the actions of then-39 year old Darrell Brooks, who was convicted of driving an SUV through the parade on Nov. 21, 2021. Six people lost their lives, […]

Wisconsin national guard during the October 2020 curfew in Wauwatosa. (Isiah Holmes)

Wisconsin National Guard deployed to Horn of Africa

By: - November 24, 2022

The Wisconsin National Guard’s 157 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade has “assumed responsibility” of the headquarters staff for the Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). Wisconsin’s Guard soldiers will be taking over from the Illinois National Guard’s 404 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, with the change of hands culminating in a ceremony at Camp Lemonnier in the […]

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Deaths of unhoused people in Milwaukee rising

By: - November 24, 2022

Deaths among unhoused Milwaukeeans are rising, according to the Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the medical examiner’s office has recorded 52 deaths of unhoused people in 2021, up from 21 in 2018. The Sentinel references data obtained by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Data for January and February suggest that […]

DNR: 11 year old killed during hunting accident

By: - November 22, 2022

An 11-year-old boy was fatally shot in the Township of Seneca in Green Lake County on Sunday during a hunting accident. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and emergency medical services responded to the fatal incident. The boy had been deer hunting with a 41-year-old man and others. A […]

Frac sand mining back on the rise in Wisconsin

By: - November 17, 2022

Prior to 2020, frac sand mining had been a declining industry in the Badger State. Wisconsin’s coveted northern white sand was proving too expensive to transport to sites across the country. Many companies migrated to Texas, closer to fracking operations that extract oil and gas. But one Texas-based company, Smart Sand Inc., is making a […]

The Milwaukee County Courthouse. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County budget passes as some residents, board members express discontent

By: - November 16, 2022

Milwaukee County adopted its 2023 budget, which passed the board of supervisors by a 15-3 vote last Thursday. During public listening sessions in early November, residents spoke out against budget cuts across several departments with some services in danger of being entirely eliminated. While some of those programs were saved by subsequent budget amendments, other […]

Mandela Barnes speaks to supporters in Milwaukee as he concedes the race for U.S. Senate. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Mandela Barnes concedes to Ron Johnson after losing by 1 percentage point

By: - November 9, 2022

Over a year ago Wisconsin’s Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes announced his campaign for U.S. senator at the Sherman Phoenix Marketplace, a hub of Black small businesses in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood. It was here Barnes chose to end his campaign Wednesday afternoon, conceding to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Barnes was joined by a crowd of […]

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Conservative ad accuses Evers of racism against white students

By: - November 8, 2022

A new political advertisement against Gov. Tony Evers is pushing the bounds of race-baiting tactics during Wisconsin’s midterm election. Paid for by a conservative political action committee called Restoration PAC the ad, which is called “poison,” implies that Evers supports judging students by the color of their skin, particularly white students. The ad appeared online […]

Needles are seen littering the pavement in a lane near to a Safe Consumption van set up by Peter Krykant on September 25, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Peter a recovering heroin addict and former drugs worker, has set up the drug consumption van where addicts can inject safely and take drugs under supervision. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Analysis: Milwaukee County should invest in drug treatment services

By: - November 4, 2022

With Milwaukee County continuing to set and break records for drug-related deaths year after year, demand is high for new treatment options. A recent Wisconsin Policy Forum analysis found both trouble and hope for Milwaukee’s recovery and treatment network. Wisconsin stands to receive more than $400 million from legal settlements with drug companies, with Milwaukee […]

A Milwaukee County Sheriff vehicle parked below a bridge being crossed my protesters. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County residents speak up on 2023 budget

By: - November 3, 2022

The future direction of Milwaukee County’s budget weighed heavily on the minds of residents who spoke during a public hearing with the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night. County residents gathered both in person and virtually for the meeting, which offered the public a chance to weigh in on the proposed 2023 county […]

First ever convictions under invasive species laws hit crawfish company

By: - November 1, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the first ever criminal convictions under the state’s invasive species law, Chapter NR 40. In this case, the species was imported red swamp crayfish, native to the southern U.S. Red swamp crayfish, however, are not native to northern states including Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. The investigation was […]