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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.

An image of officers outside of a home shared on social media by residents. (Shared through Community Task Force on Facebook)

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, […]

The "tougher on crime collective" gathers to announce the new bills. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

New bills added to “tougher on crime” package

By: - February 7, 2020

Republican legislators continue developing their “tougher on crime” bill package, adding new bills focusing on reckless driving and car theft. Another bill, introduced by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), seeks to establish a $5 million grant program that police departments can use to augment their operations. “I think it’s really important to give the police […]

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First case of coronavirus detected in Wisconsin

By: - February 6, 2020

The first case of 2019 novel coronavirus in Wisconsin has been confirmed by the Department of Health Services (DHS), in cooperation with UW Hospital and Clinics and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Coronavirus has made headlines recently. An epidemic in China killed 493 people, and 24,500 cases are being tracked worldwide. Some 12 […]

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Wisconsin PFAS Action Council Developing Action Plan

By: - February 5, 2020

The Wisconsin PFAS Action Council (WisPAC) is currently developing an action plan to identify priority responses to per-and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) spread in the state. The substances are man-made chemicals used in a variety of products including non-stick pans, fast food wrappers, and firefighting foam. They’ve been industry staples for decades, and in that time […]

DES MOINES, IOWA - JANUARY 14: Members of the media watch the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate. Six candidates out of the field qualified for the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Milwaukee Democratic Host Committee leaders fired

By: - February 5, 2020

The Democratic Host Committee, a nonpartisan group responsible for helping organize the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, has come under fire with a shake up and investigations into a “toxic work environment.” First reported by Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the shake up led to the dismissal yesterday of president of the […]

Firefighters use a foam product to suppress a blaze. Photo from National PFAS Contamination Coalition, licensed under Creative Commons

PFAS “compromise bill” moving forward in state

By: - February 4, 2020

Wisconsin continues to develop a legislative response to the spread of PFAS chemicals across the state, in what is becoming a bipartisan race against time. Recently, a bill pushed by two representatives from communities hit hard by PFAS contamination, Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), seeks to allocate $7.7 million to […]