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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.

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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 […]

A Milwaukee police squad in front of the Municipal Court downtown. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee DA to charge 62-year-old caught on video choking Black man

By: - November 1, 2022

The Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office has announced that it will charge 62-year-old Robert Walczykowski, who appeared in an Oct. 10 video holding a 24-year-old Black man by the throat and accusing the man of stealing a bicycle. Walczykowski, who is white, has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Local resident Deangelo Wright made a video […]

Former President Barack Obama stands alongside Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes at an early voting rally in Milwaukee. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Former President Barack Obama featured at Milwaukee early voting rally

By: - October 31, 2022

If energy has been building in recent weeks ahead of the November election, it reached a peak in Milwaukee over the weekend. Hundreds of Wisconsinites gathered at Milwaukee’s North Division High School on Saturday to see former President Barack Obama, who appeared on stage alongside Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, two candidates […]

Nitrate groundwater contamination widespread in De Pere

By: - October 28, 2022

Groundwater pollution in several parts of Assembly District 2 have reached unsafe levels, according to data collected in Brown and Mantiwoc counties. Wells around Greenlake, Cooperstown, Maribel, and north of Kellnersville and Francis Creek have all tested for high levels of nitrate. Nitrate is the state’s most common groundwater contaminant. Drinking water with high levels […]

The Milwaukee Press Club Luncheon on Latino voters. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Examining the power of Latino voters

By: - October 27, 2022

The power Latino voters could demonstrate in the Nov. 8 midterm elections was the  topic of a panel discussion at a Milwaukee Press Club on Wednesday. But the subject is a complex. Increasing economic prosperity, immigration reform and access to education are issues that  continue to motivate Latino communities in Milwaukee. Yet there’s also what […]

The George Floyd mural in Milwaukee, vandalized by an unknown person. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

George Floyd mural in Milwaukee vandalized

By: - October 27, 2022

A mural of George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked nationwide protests in 2020, was vandalized sometime before Tuesday in Milwaukee. The mural was created by a collective of artists during the summer of protest which followed Floyd’s death in late May 2020. The vandalism came after news broke regarding the […]

Voting rights activists and others gathering at the Midtown Center in Milwaukee on the first day of early voting in July, 2022. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Taking the temperature of Milwaukee voters

By: - October 25, 2022

“I think what’s at the top of people’s minds are things like housing and good jobs,” Angela Lang, executive director of Black Leaders Organizing Communities (BLOC) in Milwaukee told Wisconsin Examiner. BLOC operates largely on Milwaukee’s predominately African American North Side, where 65 volunteers have been knocking on doors five to six days a week. […]

Anthony Davis, head of the Kenosha NAACP

Dead bird with images of Mandela Barnes left outside Kenosha NAACP president’s home

By: - October 25, 2022

For Anthony Davis, president of Kenosha’s chapter of the NAACP, the weekend brought more than just warm October weather. On Saturday morning as he ate breakfast, Davis heard a package arrive at the front door. He found a dead bird lying on top of campaign literature for Sen. Ron Johnson. One side showed Johnson and […]

Community groups gather in from of a Michels company building in Milwaukee. (Photo | Voces de la Frontera Action!)

Community groups denounce Michels Corp.

By: - October 21, 2022

Black and Latino community organizations joined labor allies in Milwaukee Thursday, denouncing what they say are discriminatory hiring practices by Republican candidate for governor Tim Michels. Protesters gathered in front of the R1VER Michels Suites building to make sure their point was made loud and clear. The rally was organized after the Madison Times reported […]