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 scene crime tape set on long exposure moving down with zoom lens

Milwaukee picked for federal Operation Relentless Pursuit

By: - December 26, 2019

Milwaukee is one of seven U.S. cities the federal government considers violent enough to warrant federal intervention. Through Operation: Relentless Pursuit, an initiative announced Dec. 18 by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Milwaukee will experience a surge in federal agents, enforcement funding, access to more police equipment, and a renewed ability to hire more police […]

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiners Office (Courtesy of MCME Twitter page.)

Milwaukee man dies of possible hypothermia in his home

By: - December 23, 2019

The Medical Examiners Office of Milwaukee is currently investigating the death of a 61 year old man who was found in his home last Wednesday. Operations Manager for the ME Office Karen Domagalski emailed Wisconsin Examiner, “hypothermia or CO poisoning has not been ruled out.” Investigative reports note that power to the man’s home was […]

Gov. Tony Evers addresses reporters after the Senate Republicans fire his cabinet pick for ag secretary, Brad Pfaff.

Flags to fly half-staff for late Oneida Nation chairman

By: - December 18, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers has ordered that the Wisconsin and U.S. flags are to be flown at half-staff On Dec. 18 until Dec. 19, in honor of former Oneida Nation Chairman Rick Hill, who died at the age of 66 Dec. 12. Evers described Hill as an instrumental figure in developing and implementing national regulatory standards […]

Back Forty Mine project continues to raise concerns

By: - December 18, 2019

A proposed open pit sulfide mine along the Wisconsin-Michigan border, owned by Canada-based Aquila Resources, has stirred controversy ever since the Menominee Tribe first highlighted the danger it would pose to their sacred lands over a year ago. Called the Back Forty mine, it would operate right in the heart of the Great Lakes basin. […]

Voces de la Frontera the day José de la Cruz-Espinoza was released. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission votes to approve immigration policy changes

By: - December 17, 2019

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission voted on Dec. 12 to approve changes to the police department’s standard operating procedure for immigration enforcement, called SPO-130, proposed by the group Voces de la Frontera. If approved in an upcoming meeting this Wednesday, Dec. 18, police would be required to have a warrant signed by a judge […]

Rep. LaKeshia Myers (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Rep. LaKeshia Myers reflects on her first year in state assembly

By: - December 16, 2019

With her first year as a state representative coming to a close, Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee) has a lot to reflect on. The Milwaukee native has been a member of the state’s Democratic Party since she turned 18, gaining experience in student government before entering the political arena. As she became involved with various Democratic […]

DNR to tackle nitrate pollution from manure, fertilizer

By: - December 16, 2019

By a 5-to-1 vote, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved a “scope statement” — the broad outline of a rule related to decreasing nitrate pollution of groundwater in parts of the state and scheduled public hearings on the topic. Nitrates are compounds that are essential for all living things, though they can cause problems at […]

The de la Cruz family re-united. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee man arrested by ICE reunited with his family

By: - December 12, 2019

José (Alex) Alejandro de la Cruz-Espinoza, 38, a Milwaukee man who was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in September, has been released on bond. De la Cruz-Espinoza spent over 70 days inside an immigration detention facility in Dodge County, after agents arrested him in front of his wife and young daughters. “I was […]


New bill to get better look at veteran suicides and over-medication

By: - December 10, 2019

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) has partnered with Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Arkansas) to introduce new legislation to help address the over-prescription of medications to U.S. veterans. Called the Veterans Over-medication and Suicide Prevention Act, the measure would direct the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an independent study on the deaths of veterans under […]

Homeless man & advice on sign in red sleeping bag on the street

Milwaukee officials urge warming shelters and kindness for homeless

By: - December 10, 2019

Milwaukee County supervisors Steve Shea (Dist. 8) and Sequanna Taylor (Dist. 2) are urging the city’s local warming centers to open once temperatures hit 32 degrees. As the winter continues and hard weather comes and goes, they encourage residents and community members to observe and respect the needs of people caught in the cycle of […]

Gypsy moth (Photo courtesy of 123RF free stock photos)

Invasive gypsy moth population continues to decline

By: - December 10, 2019

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections’ (DATCP) most recent trapping season for gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar dispar) suggests that the invasive species’ population is continuing to decline in Wisconsin. In 2017, 108,808 moths were captured, followed by a little over 76,000 in 2018. For 2019, the numbers continued to drop to 52,396 captured […]

High School students from Brooklyn demand that our elected representatives protect students from gun violence and enact sane gun laws. #BrooklynWalksOut (photo by Jeffrey Bary, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Are all school gun violence incidents equal?

By: - December 10, 2019

Gun violence and school safety became the topic of the week in Wisconsin, after a confrontation between police officers and a Waukesha South high school student last Monday ended with the student hospitalized for a gunshot wound. In the wake of that incident, eight other schools reported possible threats from students. The ripple effect shocked […]