Author

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 cops sheriff officers in an empty apartment signing eviction order with keys next to them

Rent Zero: Activists push for expanded support during pandemic

By: - March 31, 2020

With April 1 upon us, renters across the state and country are riding into a period of unease. For many, the sudden spread of COVID-19 wiped out their work schedules and paychecks as restaurants and other businesses closed by government order. Despite relief efforts at the state and federal levels, renters across the country are […]

A voter carries her ballot to a polling place to vote in the primary on Aug. 28, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. | Ralph Freso, Getty Images

Rep. David Bowen joins voting organizers in calling for postponed primary

By: - March 26, 2020

As the April 7 election draws closer, more state leaders and activists are joining the call to postpone the election, at least until June. Among their most recent allies is Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee), who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. Bowen joined Rev. Gregory Lewis, president of Souls to the Polls, and others on a […]

Office of Emergency Management logo (courtesy of Milwaukee County website)

Office of Emergency Management briefs Milwaukee County supervisors

By: - March 25, 2020

Milwaukee County’s Board of Supervisors held its first ever online meeting on Tuesday, March 24, to review the latest developments as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across Wisconsin. This first meeting, which was also live streamed, is a milestone for a couple reasons. For one, it served as a practice run for online monthly board meetings. […]

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee

Voces de la Frontera, Souls to the Polls and others call for postponed election

By: - March 23, 2020

Voces de la Frontera joined other groups who’ve spent the last several months organizing for voter turnout on a virtual press conference Monday morning, calling on Gov. Tony Evers to postpone Wisconsin’s primary election on April 7. While preserving the democratic process is crucial, how and when people will be allowed to vote is now […]

Interior cell blocks at Waupun prison in 1893. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

COVID-19 forcing Wisconsin’s incarceration system to adapt

By: - March 23, 2020

The Badger State is notorious for its high incarceration rate. So the well-being of Wisconsin’s incarcerated population remains one of the biggest looming challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. News of the infection of a Department of Corrections (DOC) employee at the Waupun Correctional Institution further raise the stakes. On March 21, Evers ordered a […]

Congressman Mark Pocan

Rep. Mark Pocan on rent relief, evictions in the pandemic

By: - March 20, 2020

Among the most pressing questions looming for the majority of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck is, if they can’t go to work, how will they pay their rent? Will they have to contend with landlords who, regardless of the circumstances presented by COVID-19, give them a choice between payment and eviction? During a Facebook […]

Milwaukee Police Department Chief Alfonso Morales (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee-Area police and DOC brace and adjust for COVID-19

By: - March 18, 2020

The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), and other local law enforcement agencies have issued new guidelines on operations going forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. These new measures are aimed at preserving law enforcement capacity, as the situation surrounding the virus develops. MPD stated in a press release that it is, “actively working with our system partners, […]

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: A closure sign is posed alongside Happy St. Patricks Day decorations in the window of Joshua Tree Bar as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 16, 2020 in New York City. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

State imposes new restrictions on gatherings

By: - March 17, 2020

Life continues to change rapidly as officials across the world, the country and the state race against the spread of COVID-19. Just over the weekend, the number of positive cases in Wisconsin rose from eight to 47. On Monday Gov. Tony Evers placed new restrictions on public activity, declaring a ban on gatherings of 50 […]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate with the World Health Organization, federal, state and local public health partners, and clinicians in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. (James Gathany/CDC Public Health Image Library)

UW class closures over COVID-19 create new challenges for students

By: - March 13, 2020

As swift as the spread of COVID-19 has been worldwide, so too has been the domino effect of closures and cancellations to stifle the virus’ mobility. In Wisconsin, with at least eight positive cases, colleges across the state are canceling in-person classes. But what does that really mean for students, some a long way from […]

Prison guard

Bills to add penalties for threatening probation agents spur debate

By: - March 11, 2020

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety (JPS) held a hearing Tuesday morning to discuss several bills on the periphery of Wisconsin’s ‘tougher on crime’ debate. Four of the bills aim to increase penalties for offenses committed against prosecutors and probation agents. JPS vice-chair Sen. Andre Jacque (R-DePere), repeatedly called the bills “common sense” […]

Hand sanitizer sits on a table during a news conference with healthcare workers at the National Nurses United offices in Oakland, California. The National Nurses United held a news conference to express concerns that the Centers for Disease Control is not doing enough to help protect and test healthcare workers who are exposed to patients with the COVID-19 virus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Wisconsin health officials expand COVID-19 testing as new case is confirmed

By: - March 10, 2020

As testing continues for novel coronavirus, abbreviated as COVID-19, health officials caution that increased testing shouldn’t alarm the public. Since test kits were issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two labs have made themselves available to administer tests at the request of Wisconsin healthcare officials. “These lab tests are in addition […]

Melissa Ludin, state board member at Ex-incarceraed Peopl Organizing (EXPO) (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Some ‘tougher on crime’ bills were vetoed and some passed

By: - March 6, 2020

The Wisconsin Legislature’s “tougher on crime” push ran into a partial roadblock, with Gov. Tony Evers vetoing four of bills that were part of the crime package as February drew to a close. These measures represented some of the more controversial aspects of the legislative package, covering parole revocations and juvenile incarceration. Spearheaded by Rep. […]