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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.

Child sits with signs at Milwaukee climate march 2019

Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change holds third meeting

By: - May 23, 2020

As Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes points out, “climate change was here before the pandemic, it’ll be here after and there are ways that these two are connected.” His remarks kicked off the May 21 Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change meeting, which was held over a Zoom conference. This marked the third time the task […]

States urge Trump not to cut National Guard COVID funding

By: - May 23, 2020

On the cusp of Memorial Day, states are being pushed to confront the Trump Administration over the continued funding of local National Guard COVID-19 operations. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined representatives Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan in a letter to President Donald Trump to request an extension of funding for Guard support. Their request […]

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More state parks re-open, though restrictions remain in effect

By: - May 23, 2020

Starting on Saturday, Wisconsin’s state parks will begin adjusting their operations, while upholding recommended public health guidelines. All parks will return to regular hours from 6 am to 11 pm seven days a week, and no properties will be closed on Wednesdays. A limited number of day-use area restrooms will reopen on June 3. “Visitors […]

Rep. David Crowley (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County requests state return needed COVID-19 funds

By: - May 21, 2020

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley and Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson are taking new steps to fund the county’s response to COVID-19. In a joint statement, the two officials call on Gov. Tony Evers to return over $100 million, originally intended for Milwaukee County’s COVID-19 relief, which was re-routed to the state. Under the […]

National Guard continues augmenting state COVID response

By: - May 21, 2020

COVID-19 is not a distant issue that somehow confines itself to urban areas, safe and away from rural and suburban Wisconsin. More than 13,000 Wisconsinites have tested positive for the virus, with 481 having died. Currently, daily testing capacity for the state sits at around 13,000, and officials are working to increase it further. Across […]

U.S. senators request funding to tackle worsening opioid crisis

By: - May 20, 2020

As the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic plays out across the country, so, too, does the crisis of opioid addiction and overdose death. The spread of COVID-19 hasn’t eliminated addiction, but it has altered treatment access, and added the mental pressures of social isolation. That’s why a group of U.S. senators are requesting more funding […]

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Ending Safer at Home complicates PFAS testing for DNR

By: - May 20, 2020

The decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to side with Republican state legislators and throw out the Safer at Home order not only created a scramble as local governments make their own rules, it has also affected certain operations in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As the realities of the pandemic began setting in, […]

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Incarcerated people face barriers after speaking with activists

By: - May 20, 2020

In March, activists with the Forum For Understanding Prisons (FFUP) began communicating with 40-year-old Leon Elijah Prioleau, who is incarcerated in the Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI). Prioleau relayed his concerns about his own safety should COVID-19 begin to spread through the facility. He had offered the group insights into life on the inside before, and […]

The Youth Justice Virtual Town Hall banner (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Wisconsin teens speak out on Georgia killing of Ahmaud Arbery

By: - May 19, 2020

When the video first surfaced depicting the killing of Ahmaud Arbery by a shotgun-and pistol-wielding father-son duo in Brunswick, Georgia, people across the nation found the images shocking. African American citizens, from Georgia to Wisconsin, although disturbed by the footage, were sadly unsurprised. “This event happening really rose an uproar in me, it really upset […]

CHARLOTTE, NC: Rev. William Barber addresses the media during a press conference September 22, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Poor People’s Campaign fights for reform and relief amid pandemic

By: - May 18, 2020

“Stay in place, stay alive, organize and don’t believe the lies,” said Rev. Dr. William Barber, announcing a new effort by the Poor People’s Campaign, which he co-chairs. Barber, a pastor and political activist based in North Carolina and a member of the national NAACP board of directors, describes the approach as “non-violent moral resistance.” […]

Department Of Corrections Secretary Kevin Carr (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

COVID restrictions to continue within DOC facilities

By: - May 15, 2020

Although the Safer at Home order has been struck down, the Department of Corrections (DOC) says social distancing guidelines and restrictions will continue for Wisconsin’s incarcerated population. “This decision is being made in the interest of the health and safety of our staff,” reads a press release, “persons in our care, and the public, as […]

Laura Valderrama at the Capitol April 4

Tensions high as Milwaukee reels from Supreme Court Ruling

By: - May 15, 2020

Even over a Zoom call the disappointment, anger and uncertainty felt by Rev. Greg Lewis, and other community leaders and activists, was palatable. The May 14 conference was quickly organized as a collective response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s overturning of the state’s Safer at Home order. Lewis, executive director of Souls to the Polls, […]