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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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PFAS and PFOS advisories issued for fish in Castle Rock Lake, Lake Mohawksin

By: - October 12, 2022

State environmental and health officials have announced a new consumption advisory for several fish species in Castle Rock Lake and Lake Mohawksin because of potential contamination from PFAS and related chemicals. Both lakes are segments of the Wisconsin River. Elevated levels of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) and PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) were detected in several […]

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels and GOP attorney general candidate Eric Toney hold a press conference at the Milwaukee Police Association. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Republican candidates Michels and Toney join victims to campaign on parole issue

By: - October 10, 2022

“June 3, 1997 was probably the worst day of my life,” Karen Kannenberg said at a Friday press conference hosted by the Milwaukee Police Association. In a voice heavy with emotion, Kannenberg recalled the day she learned that her sister Johanna Balsewicz had been murdered by Balsewicz’s husband Douglas. “I was supposed to take her […]

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What GOP attacks on parole and bail continue to ignore

By: - October 7, 2022

For months, Republican candidates  and campaign ads supporting them have unleashed a barrage of attacks on the release of incarcerated people. Efforts to reduce the prison population including Wisconsin’s  parole and cash bail systems, have become focal points of this year’s midterm elections. Parole and bail operate on opposite ends of the criminal justice system, […]

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Gun control advocates: Milwaukee police union misses mark with firearms lawsuit

By: - October 5, 2022

Gun control advocates say a recent lawsuit by the union for Milwaukee Police Department officers to force the department to replace one particular sidearm is missing the mark. Since 2020, two officers have been injured when  department-issued SIG Sauer P320 sidearms fired without the trigger being pulled. The Milwaukee Police Association sued the city in […]

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DNR urges public to report tree fungus and pests this fall

By: - October 5, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking for the public to check needle-bearing trees for signs of harmful disease and to report those findings to the DNR. Particularly on the department’s radar is heterobasidion root disease (HRD), a severe fungal infection that targets pines, spruces and other conifers in Wisconsin. HRD is a rotting […]

Hunters encouraged to test deer for chronic wasting disease before eating

By: - October 5, 2022

As deer hunting opens up across the state, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging hunters to test deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Testing should be done before any venison is consumed. Because deer infected with CWD may appear healthy, testing is highly encouraged, especially where CWD has been detected in wild deer […]

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‘White Lives Matter’ flyers distributed around village of Greendale

By: - October 4, 2022

Reports of “White Lives Matter” flyers being distributed in the village of Greendale over the weekend have surfaced online. Photos posted to  a private Facebook group focused on the community show a small piece of paper inside a sandwich bag reading “Watch Europa,” “White Lives Matter,” and “it’s time to take a stand.” The assistant […]

$10 million in ARPA money opens up for well owners

By: - October 4, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications for a new well compensation and well abandonment program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Applications will be accepted until the $10 million fund runs out. The new programs will assist well owners in tackling contamination and award grants for the replacement, reconstruction and […]

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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 […]