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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.

Wisconsin Capitol and the Forward statue wearing a protective face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: Nazan Gillie

Wisconsinites respond to Supreme Court tossing out Safer at Home

By: , , and - May 13, 2020

Late Wednesday afternoon, at the request of Republicans in the Legislature, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home plan, which was ordered by Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. Responses came flooding in from local government, elected officials, businesses and groups responding to the chaos created by the late-in-the-day […]

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State report explores early prison release during pandemic

By: - May 12, 2020

The fate of people incarcerated in prisons and jails has been an elephant in the room for Wisconsin throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the prison population has diminished somewhat in recent weeks, there are calls for larger reductions and more compassionate release of vulnerable people. It appears that someone in state leadership is listening. Wisconsin’s […]

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)

Wisconsin’s spring wildfire season is upon us

By: - May 12, 2020

As warmer weather arrives Wisconsin has entered its spring fire season, when the risk of wildfire is highest. This period lasts from when snow starts melting, until the land begins to green up and bloom. It’s important not only to be aware of the fire season, but also what role you as a resident play […]

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PFAS and other compounds detected in Milwaukee Estuary

By: - May 11, 2020

PFAS compounds (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been detected in the Milwaukee Estuary, which was designated as an Area Of Concern (AOC) by the U.S./Canada International Joint Commission in 1987. Samples were taken from the area in November 2019, which recently indicated the presence of the forever chemicals to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). […]

Ben Turk, organizer with Forum For Understanding Prisons (FFUP) (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Seeking clemency and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic

By: - May 8, 2020

“COVID Compassion.” That’s the name of an ongoing campaign by Forum For Understanding Prisons (FFUP), Wisdom and other groups advocating for the reduction of Wisconsin’s incarcerated population. Using a Zoom conference on April 5, currently incarcerated men and their families were given a platform to share the realities they face locked up during a pandemic. […]

Rep. LaKeshia Myers (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Threats, privilege and confusion from anti-Safer at Home Wisconsin

By: - May 5, 2020

When Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee) first issued her criticisms of the anti-lockdown protests, she anticipated some backlash. “I made my opinion known because it was true,” Myers told Wisconsin Examiner. On April 24, she issued a statement calling the protests held outside the Capitol in Wisconsin, “clearly an exercise of white privilege.” Hundreds of people, […]

The Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus on a Zoom call. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Legislative Black Caucus dives deep on COVID impacts

By: - May 4, 2020

African-American elected officials say black communities are shouldering the brunt of the illnesses and deaths from COVID-19, but also suffering due to a lack of accurate information and leadership on a national level. So they are countering that misinformation by providing opportunities to share experiences, data and accurate medical information with their constituents. To fill […]

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore

Poverty is common factor in COVID vulnerability

By: - April 30, 2020

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) admits, “Yes it’s true that not only in African American communities in Milwaukee, but around the country,” people are experiencing an acute effect from COVID-19. However, she notes, “There is no black gene that causes us to be more susceptible.” Moore joined elected officials and activists from her home town on […]

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Restrictions on state parks and certain businesses relaxing

By: - April 29, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been directed by Gov. Tony Evers to re-open several state parks on May 1. Of course, there are a few catches, given social distancing guidelines and limitations to park operations. The move comes on the heels of another Evers order relaxing some restrictions on businesses, which goes into […]

National Guard troops return from Afghanistan amid COVID-19 operations

By: - April 27, 2020

About 150 soldiers of the National Guard’s 1st Battalion 128 infantry, are returning from a nearly seven-month mission in Afghanistan. According to the Guard, their return marks a continued draw-down of troops headed to the embattled country, officials say. The war in Afghanistan, at 19 years, is America’s longest-running war. Some soldiers deployed there today […]

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Gypsy moth spraying program begins in western Wisconsin

By: - April 27, 2020

Over the next month, if you notice a yellow plane spaying areas of your county, don’t worry. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), will begin an aerial spraying operation in May to control populations of invasive gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar dispar). Planes will begin spraying as early as 5 A.M in some […]

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Activists and loved ones push to release vulnerable incarcerated people

By: - April 24, 2020

The Forum For Understanding Prisons (FFUP), alongside other advocacy groups, is continuing the push to get people out of Wisconsin’s overcrowded facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Tony Evers has yet to deliver on campaign promises to reduce the prison population, the groups declare, and they are proactively drafting clemency requests for incarcerated individuals who, […]