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.

Police watch as protesters gather on August 24th, 2020 in Kenosha. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Two killed, one injured in Kenosha in protest of police shooting

By: - August 26, 2020

Late on Tuesday night, two people were killed and another injured after shots were fired at a gas station near 63rd St. and Sheridan Rd., according to a Kenosha police report. The spot had become a tense gathering spot for protesters and a group of armed men who told The New York Times they were […]

Protesters, activists, and residents gather to march on the DNC in Milwaukee Wisconsin, August 20th. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee’s DNC attracted wide array of activists and demonstrations

By: - August 24, 2020

Although the Democratic National Convention (DNC) became a scaled down event with mostly virtual presentations, groups of protesters nevertheless made their presence and causes known. During both the day and nighttime hours, activists and organizers from a wide range of groups held marches, rallies, and demonstrations, hoping to grab the attention of the Democratic Party. […]

Protesters gather for the march on the Trump Rally in Oskhosk, August 2020 (Photo courtesy of Voces de la Frontera Action)

Trump campaign gives activists a taste of what’s at stake in the election

By: - August 20, 2020

“We should be moving towards progress, and now it just seems that we kind of went backwards,” Idalia Cervantes, a regional organizer with Voces de la Frontera Action, a branch of the immigrant and Latinx advocacy group Voces de la Frontera, told Wisconsin Examiner. November is approaching, and the group has continued to shape and […]

Wauwatosa officers confront protesters in the days after the incident at Mensah's house. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

The scene as a protester is arrested in Wauwatosa

By: - August 18, 2020

On Aug. 14, the Wauwatosa police made one of their first arrests of a Black Lives Matter protester after weeks of sustained protests in the Milwaukee County suburb. Protesters had started in Milwaukee, and marched down Wells Street to cross into Wauwatosa. Police confronted the marchers as they reached the city limits. On Aetna St. […]

A drone, likely operated by police based on its complexity on the first day of demonstrations in Milwaukee. (Wisconsin Examiner | Isiah Holmes)

A look at the DNC’s “security footprint” and plans for the days ahead

By: - August 18, 2020

Opening day for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) was supposed to be a huge opportunity for Milwaukee. Thousands of people were expected to stream into Wisconsin’s largest city for events spanning four days. The economic boost Milwaukee would have received would have been unrivaled. But then COVID-19 happened, and the format of the DNC had […]

Kimberly Motley, one of the lawyers representing the families of those Officer Joseph Mensah has killed, confonts the numerous officers clad in riot gear in Wauwatosa the evening of August 14th, 2020. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa PD escalates tactics against protesters following incident at officer’s home

By: - August 17, 2020

Despite escalating tactics to restrain protesters, the suburban City of Wauwatosa has become the epicenter of Milwaukee’s Black Lives Matter movement. Following a confrontation with protesters at the home of Officer Joseph Mensah, the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) pledged to take the gloves off. The threats of arrest and surveillance, however, haven’t deterred The People’s […]

Books written by Rev. Barber and others were available at the Summit On Poverty (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

New report examines the power of poor and low-income voters

By: - August 13, 2020

America’s poor, over 140 million strong, have the power to shift the direction of this country. That’s according to a report compiled by the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC), examining how trends in American poverty translate to votes in the ballot box. The report’s title is a call to action “Unleashing the power of poor and […]

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

Reverend William Barber discusses what’s at stake in the 2020 election

By: - August 12, 2020

Reverend Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, says more is at stake in the 2020 election than people realize. The question, he says, is “whether or not we’re going to address these five interlocking injustices”— systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and distorted moral narratives, which plague America’s poor. Barber […]

Black Lives Matter protesters gather and march to the Milwaukee City Hall during 2020. Many called for the removal of Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee continues to reel from the demotion of Police Chief Morales

By: - August 11, 2020

The demotion of Alfonso Morales from chief of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) to captain has triggered a shake-up in leadership both in MPD and within the Fire and Police Commission (FPC), which called for his removal. Although some marked the demotion as a victory, others are concerned that his replacement by former assistant chief […]

Wauwatosa Police Department squad cars responding during a standoff with protesters on July 7, 2020. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa’s Equity and Inclusion getting into “good trouble” with police reforms

By: - August 7, 2020

As chair of Wauwatosa’s Equity and Inclusion Commission (EIC), Sean Lowe feels it’s his duty to get into what the late Congressman John Lewis called “good trouble.” The commission was formed in 2019, after a group of residents pushed the idea as part of the solution to the suburb’s checkered legacy with racial issues. Right […]

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New species of invasive grass found by botanists in Wisconsin

By: - August 5, 2020

Botanists working with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have identified a new species of invasive grass in Wisconsin. Research is ongoing to determine whether the plants found are actually Japanese stilt grass (Microstegium vimineum), or if it’s simply a look alike. Thus far, the plants are contained in the Coulee Experimental State Forest in […]

Protesters gather to march on Mayor Tom Barrett's house, to demand a freeze on evictions in 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Evictions are up during the pandemic and residents have had enough

By: - August 5, 2020

After being evicted from her home in 2019, Jacqueline Clark knows all too well about the trials that may await families in Milwaukee County who lose their housing. A series of bad experiences as a renter compelled her to join the Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union (MATU). Her goal is to help others in similar circumstances […]