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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.

Wauwatosa's solar array. (Photo courtesy of Incus Media)

Wauwatosa takes big renewable step with solar energy array

By: - July 20, 2022

Major renewable energy strides are being made by the city of Wauwatosa. Last year, the city installed a solar panel array on the roof of its city hall complex. In its first year the optimized PV system supplied by inverter manufacturer SolarEdge, produced 458,011 kWh of energy. That’s equivalent to 55% of the city complex’s […]

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Milwaukee alderwoman convicted in campaign finance case

By: - July 20, 2022

Alderwoman Chantia Lewis was removed from office Monday following a court hearing into campaign finance charges. In September 2021, Lewis was charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor, stemming from the use of campaign funds for personal expenses. On Monday, Lewis accepted a plea deal for two felony charges for misconduct in public office and […]

The Milwaukee County Sheriff Offices drone (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Drone log sheds light on Milwaukee Sheriff’s eyes in the sky

By: - July 19, 2022

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has provided the Wisconsin Examiner with a log detailing the activities of its drone unit. Since the now eight-man unit was announced last year, a full accounting of its activities has yet to be released to the public. Detailing over 20 flight days, the log includes flight locations, purpose, […]

The Milwaukee Police Administration Building downtown. A surveillance van, or "critical response vehicle" is in the background. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

How the Milwaukee PD uses cell phone surveillance technology

By: - July 15, 2022

Through an open records request, the Wisconsin Examiner has obtained a log from a cell site simulator used by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD). This release marks the second time a log documenting use of the powerful phone surveillance technologies by MPD has been made public. The last time a log was made public in […]

Milwaukee PD vehicles gather in a parking lot during the Wauwatosa curfew in October, 2020. Some of them were surveillance vans. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Contractor’s plans to acquire Israeli spyware firm scuttled

By: - July 12, 2022

A U.S. defense contractor’s ambition to acquire a piece of notorious Israeli-made spyware appears to have been quashed, for now. The New York Times reports that a deal between the American L3 Harris corporation and the Israeli NSO Group, which was leaked last month, has fallen through. The revelations reportedly attracted the ire of White […]

YES members design signs for the campaign for lunch justice. (Photo | Courtesy of Joe Brusky/MTEA)

Milwaukee County Supervisors support YES Lunch Justice Campaign

By: - July 12, 2022

Milwaukee County Supervisors Juan Miguel Martinez and Ryan Clancy have announced they’re standing in solidarity with student activists from Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES). Acting as the youth arm of Voces de la Frontera, YES student activists have been pushing to reform the lunches served at Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). In April, YES announced […]

Protesters and the family of Jacob Blake hold a candle light vigil in Kenosha on Jan. 4, 2021. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Jacob Blake Sr. arrested at protest in Akron, Ohio

By: - July 9, 2022

Jacob Blake Sr., whose son was shot by Kenosha police in 2020 triggering days of unrest, was arrested Thursday in Akron, Ohio, by local law enforcement. Blake was joined by family members of Breonna Taylor and other families who’ve experienced police violence, as they protested the shooting of 25-year-old Jayland Walker. Blake and the other […]

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Supreme Court rules that Madison Schools may allow students to choose their pronouns, for now

By: - July 9, 2022

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a school policy which protects the right of students to use different names or pronouns at schools, without being outed to their parents, may remain in effect while a case involving its continuation moves through lower courts. While the policy’s ultimate future remains in question, the decision was a  […]

Great lakes rising House falling into the lake

Over $1.4 million in grants announced for coastal communities

By: - July 8, 2022

Gov. Tony Evers has announced over $1.4 million in grants for Wisconsin’s coastal communities. The grants, funded through the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, will support efforts to build sustainable, climate-resilient coastal communities. The grants will be used by local, state and tribal governments as well as planning commissions, universities and nonprofit organizations. All in all, […]

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

Appeals court rules that video involving Froedtert killing should be released

By: - July 8, 2022

The Court of Appeals has ruled that surveillance video of a fatal shooting at Froedtert Hospital can’t be blocked from release by the hospital. The shooting occurred in January 2019 in the hospital’s parking garage. Kenneth Freeman was charged with first-degree intentional homicide after killing a nurse, but was found not guilty by reason of […]

Two gloved hands pouring water samples into a test tube for testing for chemicals PFAS oxygen etc

DNR to provide well testing at Farm Technology Days

By: - July 7, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be offering free well water screenings for nitrate at Farm Technology Days, held from July 12-14. Nitrate is the most common health-related contaminantte found in Wisconsin’s groundwater. The DNR will be offering free on-the-spot screening, producing results in just a few minutes. People who want their well water […]

The Wisconsin State Capitol Building at night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Supreme Court deals a blow to open records

By: - July 6, 2022

Open records advocates are responding to a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that brings to an end 40 years of precedent allowing records requesters to recover attorneys’ fees if they successfully sue to compel the release of records. Anyone can file an open records request whether to a police department, a local elected official, school […]