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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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State parks continue to surge in visitor capacity

By: - June 16, 2020

As restrictions ease, scores of visitors continue to pour into Wisconsin state parks and other state lands. On June 10, state campgrounds reopened with certain modifications and restrictions. While encouraging Wisconsinites to explore their state’s “hidden gems,” the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warns that some areas are already becoming overcrowded. “Devil’s Lake, in particular, […]

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Camp sites reopen, social distancing continues at state parks

By: - June 10, 2020

On June 10, campgrounds reopened on state lands, with special conditions to ensure the continued safety of visitors and staff. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) states that visitors will notice automatic, touchless check-ins, and new signs encouraging social distancing. Park offices will remain closed to the public. This marks the latest stage of development […]

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Virtual meeting to discuss Enbridge Line 5 reroute

By: - June 9, 2020

On July 1, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a virtual public hearing related to the Enbridge Energy application to re-route its Line 5 pipeline project in Ashland, Bayfield and Iron Counties. The proposed 42-mile project generated controversy for its potential impact on the environment and Native American communities. Enbridge Line 5 and […]

Urban Milwaukee's office after the fire (photo courtesy of Urban Milwaukee)

Urban Milwaukee pushes through fire at its office

By: - June 9, 2020

Urban Milwaukee continues to recover after a fire damaged it’s entire office space on N. Milwaukee St. in the Cream City. According to a report written by Urban Milwaukee president and co-founder Jeramey Jannene. More than 30 firefighters battled for hours to extinguish the flames. The renowned news outlet’s sister business, which sells Milwaukee-themed merchandise, […]

Tracy Cole, Alvins mother, speaks to the marchers (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

“The Three” protest draws attention to Wauwatosa Police shootings

By: - June 8, 2020

“Alvin was my youngest boy,” Tracy Cole said before a growing crowd of protesters near Wauwatosa on Saturday. Standing in the afternoon heat, Cole struggled to keep the tears and grief at bay, even as the crowd showed its support. “Especially a mother, when you lose a child,” Cole said, “it takes a part of […]

Protesters confront riot police blocking the Miller Parkway freeway entrance in Milwaukee, on the first day of protests. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Police force against protesters stirs calls for sweeping reform

By: - June 5, 2020

Many people across Milwaukee are still processing clashes between protesters and law enforcement this week. Although a curfew is no longer in effect, officers have maintained an augmented presence throughout the area. In the most prominent standoff, a day-time march was declared unlawful by Milwaukee police, who used tear gas on the crowd, and detained […]

County supervisor Ryan Clancy, District 4 (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

County Supv. Clancy describes his arrest, consequences of curfew

By: - June 3, 2020

As Sunday’s 9 p.m. curfew drew closer in the city of Milwaukee the County Supv. Ryan Clancy, of Dist. 4, prepared for what that could mean for residents. The police brutality protests had been massive, though they remained peaceful during the day. Saturday evening, however, saw instances of looting which occurred well past midnight. The […]

Protesters marching and gathering in Milwaukee during the first day of demonstrations. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee community leaders and officials support ongoing protests

By: - June 1, 2020

Community leaders of Milwaukee have largely united in their support for the waves of protests which swept through the city and numerous others nationwide this weekend. The marches have drawn hundreds of people from across one of America’s most segregated cities for three consecutive days. Over 100 residents who head community organizations issued a joint […]

Protesters marching and gathering in Milwaukee during the first day of demonstrations. Riot police were a few meters away. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee rocked by full weekend of protests and marches

By: - June 1, 2020

Over the weekend, protests and civil disobedience erupted in the city of Milwaukee, as in other cities across the country. Chanting “Black Lives Matter,” “I can’t breathe” and the names of African American men and women who have been killed by law enforcement, thousands of residents marched 12 miles through one of America’s most segregated […]

Milwaukee's 2019 People's Climate March. Photo by: Isiah Holmes

Edgewater coal plant closure signals move towards renewable energy

By: - May 31, 2020

By the end of 2022 Alliant Energy, a Madison-based energy company, will be shuttering the Edgewater coal plant in Sheboygan. By closing the plant, the company said in a press release, it hopes to transition to renewable energy, and avoid long-term costs for current customers. “For decades, our Edgewater Generating Station has been providing customers […]

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Dane County police chiefs express sorrow over George Floyd killing

By: - May 29, 2020

In the aftermath of the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, Madison365 hosted yet another town hall meeting on institutional racism — just nine days after a similar gathering brought together teens to discuss the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. The virtual meeting brought the anger and frustration reverberating in the black community […]

Milwaukee Public Market at sunset downtown

Milwaukee continues to slowly turn the dial on reopening

By: - May 27, 2020

Milwaukee, at both city and county levels, continues to slowly turn the dial to re-open businesses and decrease social distancing. After the statewide Safer at Home order was ended on May 13, Milwaukee adopted a strategy similar to the state’s original Badger Bounce Back plan. While the municipality is in phase two of re-opening, local […]