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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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Legislators urge new approach to Milwaukee after bruising budget fight

By: - July 26, 2019

The budget battle is over, but Milwaukee representatives are still struggling with the repercussions of a fight in which Republicans made a point of cutting state money flowing into Milwaukee. “It’s not a new battle,” says Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), “and it’s not uncommon.” Goyke told the Wisconsin Examiner he felt that Milwaukee was a […]

New bills ‘unlock the vote,’ end ‘prison gerrymandering’

By: - July 25, 2019

Two bills introduced by three state legislators Wednesday aim to restore voting rights for formerly incarcerated Wisconsinites and end “prison gerrymandering.” Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) Rep. Jodi Emerson, (D-Eau Claire) and Rep. David Crowley  (D-Milwaukee), joined activists for ex-prisoners’ rights to announce their “Unlock The Vote” campaign. “Our democracy is based on the fundamental principle […]

Data shows massive over-prescription of opioids in Wisconsin

By: - July 25, 2019

From 2006 to 2012, Wisconsinites received 1,283,958,368 prescription pain pills. That’s according to a Drug Enforcement Administration database detailing the flow of pills nationwide. The database was released by order of a federal judge in Ohio and first reported on by the Washington Post. The DEA’s Automated Report and Consolidated Ordering System (ARCOS) reveals a […]

Students, state officials wrestle with student-loan debt crisis

By: - July 24, 2019

A 12-person panel, including state and local officials and community members, gathered at Milwaukee’s Washington Park Library to discuss tackling the student-loan debt crisis. The meeting drew a crowd of about 30, including current loan borrowers, social workers, teachers and the parents of indebted students. Panelists, including Alex Brower, a substitute teacher in the Milwaukee […]

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Year of clean drinking water off to dubious start

By: - July 23, 2019

Although Gov. Tony Evers declared 2019 the year of clean drinking water in Wisconsin in his 2019-21 budget veto message, that ambition won’t be easily realized. More than $32.65 million is allocated in the budget to improve water quality throughout the Badger State. Evers proposed another $40 million to help kickstart the process of replacing […]

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‘Restorative justice,’ not new youth detention facilities needed, advocates say

By: - July 17, 2019

Plans to close the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth detention facilities in Irma, have quickly evolved since Gov. Tony Evers took office, but the process hasn’t been without controversy. Many are questioning why the state is paying millions to sustain what Sharlen Moore, co-founder of Urban Underground, calls “failed mechanisms.” Moore urges a conversation […]