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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.

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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 […]

Marines fighting fires with foam

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 […]

Wisconsin Democratic reps gathered to honor Black History Month, including past and preset struggles for African American people. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Black History Month honors past and present African America struggles

By: - February 4, 2020

The Wisconsin Black Caucus kicked off Black History Month in the Capitol with a combination of celebration and criticism, reminding African American people of the struggles generations  have endured since first being brought and sold in the New World. “For so long, black history has been a history of insularity,” said Rep. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee), […]

Christine Neumann Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera

Voces de la Frontera holds assembly to mobilize the 2020 vote

By: - February 4, 2020

Community organizations, including the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera, want to tap what they see as an invaluable resource in 2020 — the Milwaukee voter. On Saturday Feb. 1, the group united with allies from across the city and state at its annual assembly to discuss how to use a new Relational Voter […]

Members of the Assembly’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee met in the Joint Finance Committee room. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tougher on crime bills get a grilling

By: - January 31, 2020

A “tougher on crime” bill package recently introduced by a group of Republican legislators got a thorough grilling Thursday morning during the Assembly’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee hearing. Committee members analyzed the fine print of the bills and posed difficult questions to their authors. The most impassioned criticisms, however, came from Wisconsinites watching […]

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

ACLU holds criminal justice reform lobby day at Capitol

By: - January 30, 2020

Hundreds of people flooded a hearing room in the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, to participate in a lobbying day hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin. Community members, activists and formerly incarcerated people gathered to call on their elected officials to support policies that would reduce mass incarceration, and end crimeless revocation in […]

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“Forever plastics” may soon leave Milwaukee County

By: - January 29, 2020

Milwaukee County supervisors are continuing to tackle the use of plastic products, with Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic and Marcelia Nicholson being the latest to introduce a new resolution. The measure, sponsored by the duo, would phase out single-use plastics from county facilities, in the hope of reducing pollution and improving water quality. The resolution targets “forever […]

Photo of the mouth of a man blowing out vaping smoke with his e-cigarette

Evers Administration pushing new anti-vaping agenda for youth

By: - January 27, 2020

Vaping, especially among young people, was a key component of Gov. Tony Evers’ state of the state address. On Sunday, in advance of his Wednesday speech, he released a package of new state-level policies aimed to strengthen enforcement of e-cigarette sales, and restrict their access to youth. “Vaping is a serious public health epidemic and […]

Rep. Sheila Stubbs at a rally for gun safety at the Capitol.

Bill introduced to address “race out of place” police calls

By: - January 20, 2020

Over two years ago, Rep. Shelia Stubbs found herself at the other end of what she calls “profiling by proxy,” also known as “race out of place,” which is a form of racial profiling used against people of color who are going about their normal, everyday activities. It was during her State Assembly campaign, and […]

Mayes surrounded by community members during an event. (Photo courtesy of Vaun Mayes)

Activist reflects on victims of milwaukee’s gun violence

By: - January 20, 2020

Activist and community organizer Vaun Mayes speaks with the Wisconsin Examiner about the consequences of gun violence in Milwaukee. Mayes co-founded the organizations Program The Parks and Community Task Force (COMM FORCE). Although homicides were down in Milwaukee in 2019, over 100 people still lost their lives to random violence, including women and children. Mayes […]