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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.

People gather in Hart Park, Wauwatosa for the Justice Rally hosted by Roc Nation. (Isiah Holmes)

Following Justice Rally, activists wonder what Wauwatosa considers ‘peaceful protest’

By: - October 18, 2020

Wauwatosa protesters and residents gathered in Hart Park on Thursday, Oct. 15 for a rally for justice for police shooting victim Alvin Cole, organized by Team Roc, the social justice arm of rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. The rally took place just a few blocks from the Wauwatosa village, a local business hub. Hundreds gathered around […]

The Milwaukee Woman's Correctional Center (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Questions brewing over COVID outbreaks in smaller DOC facilities

By: - October 15, 2020

“The people of Wisconsin are entitled to understand what additional burdens are being placed on our hospital systems,” said Chris Ott, Executive Director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, “as a result of the failure of Governor Evers and Secretary Carr to take serious actions to reduce the populations in Wisconsin prisons and to release the […]

A line of officers in riot and militarized gear block a street in Wauwatosa during the October curfew. Tear gas was still thick in the air. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Wauwatosa residents decry ‘militarized occupation’ of their community

By: - October 13, 2020

A militarized police presence in Wauwatosa has transformed the once-quiet suburb, creating an occupation-like environment. Over the weekend, following the decision by District Attorney John Chisholm not to charge the Wauwatosa officer who shot 17-year-old Alvin Cole in February, protesters met a stiff brushback from local authorities.  Before the decision, Gov. Tony Evers activated the […]

Protesters gather outside of the Milwaukee Safety Building waiting for the Cole family to come out with DA Chisholm's decision. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Protesters fill the streets in Wauwatosa and Milwaukee following Alvin Cole decision

By: - October 9, 2020

Oct.7 proved to be a tense, anxiety-choked day in the City of Milwaukee and its suburban western neighbor Wauwatosa. A crowd of protesters, many local residents among them, gathered outside the Milwaukee City and County Safety Building, where District Attorney John Chisholm shared his decision not to pursue charges in the Alvin Cole shooting with […]

A screen shot of Joseph Mensah's Go Fund Me page. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa cop violated multiple department policies, independent investigator finds

By: - October 7, 2020

As the morning rolled around on October 7, the day Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm was expected to announce his  decision about charges in  the shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole by Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah, an independent investigator hired by the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission (PFC) released a report recommending Mensah’s termination. “Officer […]

Marchers with The Peoples Revolution dance and prepare to march from Wauwatosa City Hall. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

PerSISTERS group calls for the respect of peaceful protest in Wauwatosa

By: - October 6, 2020

A grassroots group known as the PerSISTERS has issued an open letter to Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), calling on the pair to “join us in a statement of commitment to justice and non-violence.” The letter was issued in light of ongoing protests in Wauwatosa, and concerns about what may follow […]

Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride in his office. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Mayor McBride discusses mediating Wauwatosa’s growing divides

By: - October 5, 2020

Sitting in the office of Mayor Dennis McBride, one might be fooled by the quiet hallways at City Hall and the mundane bustle of suburban traffic traversing the main road nearby. The reality is that the City of Wauwatosa, which is normally a placid, suburban community, has been the site of dramatic confrontations between Black […]

High School students from Brooklyn demand that our elected representatives protect students from gun violence and enact sane gun laws. #BrooklynWalksOut (photo by Jeffrey Bary, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

In-depth response from Milwaukee Health Department to Wednesday mass shooting

By: - October 1, 2020

In the wake of a mass shooting incident, which occurred at a funeral home in Milwaukee on Sept. 30, the city’s Health Department issued a statement invoking the ever-present issue of gun violence. “No family in our community should have to suffer the grief and pain of gun violence — especially while mourning the loss […]

Rural FIre Service firefighters conduct property protection patrols at the Dunn Road fire on January 10, 2020 in Mount Adrah, Australia. NSW is bracing for severe fire conditions, with high temperatures and strong winds forecast across the state. There are about 135 fires burning in NSW, 50 of which are uncontained. 20 people have died in the bushfires across Australia in recent weeks, including three volunteer firefighters. About 1995 homes have been destroyed and another 816 have been damaged across NSW. (Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

Climate group says Wisconsin’s risk of wildfires may be growing

By: - September 30, 2020

Scenes of forests charred by unprecedented wildfires, skies filled with red-black and orange hues and widespread displacement are still appearing in headlines even after a month of fires raging along the west coast. They have produced eerie glimpses of the future climate change is driving us towards. In Wisconsin, the wildfire seasons appear to come […]

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis alongside Rev. Dr. William Barber at a rally. (Photo by Steve Pavey)

Poor People’s Campaign sermonizes on systemic injustices and the time to fight

By: - September 29, 2020

“If there ever was a time to fight,” Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis said during a livestreamed address by the Poor People’s Campaign, “it is now.” The Sept. 24 address rang out like a sermon. It was made in response to of the ongoing trials of 2020, and the specter of the November presidential election looming […]

A mural honoring Breonna Taylor in Milwaukee, on Locust Street. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)A mural honoring Breonna Taylor in Milwaukee, on Locust Street. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Protests pick up in Milwaukee and elsewhere following Breonna Taylor decision

By: - September 25, 2020

Protesters took to the streets in several U.S. cities, including in Milwaukee, following the decision not to charge the Louisville Metro police officers involved in the shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. Instead, a grand jury indicted one of the officers on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing blindly into a neighbors apartment during the […]

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DNR: Platteville fish dealer charged for invasive carp sales

By: - September 24, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that a wholesale fish dealer in Platteville is facing state charges for illegally selling species of highly invasive, destructive Asian carp. According to a DNR press release these particular types of carp are distinct from the German carp which have existed in the Badger State since the […]