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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.

Andrea Rodriguez (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Does the local electoral system pick which neighborhoods and voters matter?

By: - March 4, 2020

American electoral season is in full swing. You see it at the local and the federal level, from the Bloomberg ad blitz to modest hand-mailed reminders to register for your local primary. Often the intricacies — and the shortfalls — of the electoral system aren’t apparent to candidates until they’re thrown into it. That’s what […]

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Coronavirus remains low risk in Wisconsin, despite new cases

By: - March 3, 2020

As new cases of coronavirus, now dubbed COVID-19, are detected nationwide, health authorities advise onlookers to remain calm, informed, and well sanitized. In Wisconsin while the original patient has reportedly recovered, concern has grown over new potential cases reported in the City of Milwaukee. Four individuals in Milwaukee entered voluntary quarantine after returning from a […]

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A closer look at the One Milwaukee Task Force

By: - February 28, 2020

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors green-lit a new proposed strategy for increasing services and resources in the county and its institutions. Dubbed the ONE Milwaukee Task Force, it aims to coordinate and consolidate services among  the county, city and Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to overcome barriers to much needed resources for residents. Supervisor Marcelia […]

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Molson Coors’ shooting rekindles gun-safety debate

By: - February 28, 2020

A mass shooting at Milwaukee’s Molson Coors brewery on Wednesday left a community in mourning and spurred frustration among local and state officials. The shooter, 51-year-old Anthony Ferril, had been recently fired from his job at the historic Miller beer-brewing facility. Federal and local law enforcement secured the facility using militarized tactics. Employees received emails […]

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The two faces of Wisconsin’s criminal justice debate

By: - February 26, 2020

The ideological divide on criminal justice in Wisconsin is personified by two state representatives — Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R- New Berlin) and Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee). The two men find themselves on opposite sides of a heated debate. Whereas Sanfelippo has helped lead the recent legislative push on “tougher on crime” bills, Goyke remains adamant […]

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Militarized police raids seek Milwaukee drug traffickers

By: - February 26, 2020

Authorities have revealed details regarding the various tactical police raids which occurred the morning of Feb. 25 in Milwaukee. Images of police units clad in camouflage, and commandeering armored vehicles, circulated on social media as residents wondered what their targets were. In a press conference this morning, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin […]

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Law enforcement funds raining down on Milwaukee

By: - February 24, 2020

As the July 13 – 16 Democratic National Convention (DNC) nears, Milwaukee has become a focal point for law enforcement funding and resources. As the city awaits a response from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) next month on whether it will be awarded a $50 million federal grant to help with policing and security […]

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Police body cam bill going forward

By: - February 21, 2020

A Senate bill to help standardize policies regulating the use of police-issued body cameras is working its way through the Capitol, with its finer details being hashed out by the Legislature. Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield) explained that the bill doesn’t mandate the use of body cameras, it creates more uniform regulations, particularly when it comes […]

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Water Quality Task Force bills pass with some debate

By: - February 19, 2020

Water quality wouldn’t seem like a partisan issue, and for the most part it appears the two sides of the Wisconsin’s legislature are approaching it with agreement. A package of 13 bills to address water quality issues that came to the Assembly for a vote on Tuesday had Republicans and Democrats alike agreeing that the […]

The Joint Commitee on Finance. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Closing Lincoln Hills detention facilities stalls

By: - February 14, 2020

The battle for criminal justice reform in Wisconsin continued Wednesday at the Joint Finance Committee (JCF), with a looming planned closing date of July 1, 2021 for the state’s notorious juvenile detention facilities at Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, near Irma. Six facilities had been planned to replace the […]

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‘Tougher on crime’ bills pass despite calls for reform

By: - February 12, 2020

The “tougher on crime” bill package reached an emotional peak in the Capitol during the Assembly floor session Tuesday, which resulted in the bills being passed. Democrats sparred with Republican proponents of the package for hours, some saying the bills both target specific communities — namely Milwaukee — and take Wisconsin’s criminal justice system back […]

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Update on 2019 novel coronavirus in Wisconsin

By: - February 11, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services continues to monitor suspected cases of 2019 novel coronavirus in the state, with just a single patient confirmed as having contracted the illness. That patient remains isolated at home, while a total of 15 people have been tested for possible exposure. “The good news is that of those 15, […]