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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.

Gray wolf (photo from Pixabay)

Gray wolf population causing concerns

By: - December 3, 2019

Gray wolves (Canius Lupus) are making a comeback in the Badger State, and that’s worrying residents in rural parts of Wisconsin. While some see the population rebound as a conservation success story, others are worried about the danger these large predators pose to pets and humans. The species is currently protected as a federally listed […]

Waukesha County Sheriff Department (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Waukesha South High School student shot after bringing gun to school

By: - December 3, 2019

A seemingly normal morning at Waukesha South High School erupted in chaos Monday Dec 2, when a student was shot by a police officer after brandishing a gun in class. The traumatizing incident ended the school day before noon, with no injuries reported besides the student who triggered the incident. “My heart is with the […]

Hemp field in Wisconsin Sept. 2018 (provided by DATCP)

Wisconsin is taking hemp to the next level

By: - November 27, 2019

Wisconsin’s hemp industry is entering a new stage of evolution from a pilot to a permanent program with the signing of Senate Bill 188 by Gov. Tony Evers. Now called Act 68, or the Growing Opportunities Act, the legislation does a number of additional things, from modifying the definition of “hemp,” to tightening regulations and […]

white tailed deer buck with antlers

DNR releases notices and reminders for deer hunters

By: - November 26, 2019

Deer hunting season is here, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued a series of reminders and notices for hunters across the state. Wisconsin is in the middle of a nine-day deer hunting season. This represents Wisconsin’s 168th gun deer season, with over half a million hunters participating. According to the DNR, as […]

A post from the Facebook group Wisconsin Law Enforcement Lives Matter commenting on the raid on Mayes' home. Mayes monitored Facebook groups which posted hateful or racist comments and reported them. (Photo cataloged by Vaun Mayes on Facebook)

New charges against activist Vaun Mayes renew controversy

By: - November 26, 2019

Over a year ago, a federal judge allowed a community activist in Milwaukee, Vaun Mayes, 31, to go home to await trial on charges of conspiring to firebomb a Milwaukee police station in 2016. Since then, his court date has been delayed several times and then last month, federal prosecutors added new charges which accuse […]

Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes make a pitch to get Wisconsinites signed up for healthcare in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin commits to Paris climate accords

By: - November 24, 2019

Despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, cities and states are moving to reaffirm their commitment to the accord. With the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 25 set to start Dec. 2, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes joined other city and state leaders on a call last […]

Holstein cows in a barn at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station's north campus near Stratford, Wis., Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2018. Photo by Michael P. King/UW-Madison CALS

Update: Marathon County manure spill released 40,000 gallons of liquid waste into creek

By: - November 21, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is continuing to address a manure spill in Marathon County, which occurred in early October. The agency monitored clean up, and is tracking areas the waste may have contaminated. The spill occurred near the city of Colby, in a popular region for Wisconsin’s dairy industry. “The Department jointly […]

Downtown Milwaukee (photo from wiki commons)

Milwaukee County budget signed with some dissent

By: - November 19, 2019

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signed the 2020 County budget Tuesday, which focuses on public transportation, public safety, and investing in struggling communities. The budget was approved by the Board of Supervisors with no vetoes, but is just one step taken along a long road. “The tough choices we have made over the years have […]

Mandela Barnes and Tony Evers in Milwaukee

Task forces will tackle climate change issues across Wisconsin

By: - November 19, 2019

Wisconsin is preparing to tackle the multi-dimensional challenges of climate change. While Milwaukee initiates a Climate and Economic Equity Task Force, Lieutenant. Gov. Mandela Barnes is helping to spearhead a climate change task force in the Capitol. Barnes says that while the state and local task forces are not formally linked, both will compile recommendations […]

Tammy Baldwin pushes investigations into vaping illness

By: - November 19, 2019

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) is continuing to push for a wider response to the outbreak of vaping-related illnesses reported across the country. Over 2,100 cases have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), across every state except Alaska. Cases have also been reported in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and […]

Teen marcher at Milwaukee Federal Building calling for DACA protections, alongside Voces de la Frontera. (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Dozens rally in front of Milwaukee Federal Building for DACA

By: - November 12, 2019

Bus loads of activists and supporters, including dozens of high school students, congregated in front of Milwaukee’s Federal Building Tuesday morning, calling on the government to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Voces de la Frontera Action, an arm of the group Voces de la Frontera, spearheaded the event, which was part […]

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Milwaukee County proposal aims to help staff polling sites

By: - November 11, 2019

New measures aimed at enriching Milwaukee’s voting environment are continuing to pour out of the county board. A proposal from Supv. John Weishan Jr (District 16) to allow county employees time off to work at polling sites passed Nov. 7 by a vote of 11-5. “We shouldn’t be penalizing county employees who want to work […]