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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.

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 […]

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Hunting season shortened for vulnerable ruffed grouse

By: - November 11, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has shortened the hunting season for ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus), which will now end on Jan. 5 2020 rather than Jan 31. The emergency rule change was issued in part due to a sharp decline in the bird’s population in one of the hunting zones. Mark Witecha, an upland […]

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Wisconsin collects 30 tons of meds during Drug Take Back Day

By: - November 7, 2019

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that the 2019 Drug Take Back Day, held on October 26, resulted in the collection of over 30 tons of unused medications. The staggering figure represents the second largest amount of medications collected in any state during the 18th annual Take Back Day. More than 4,800 law enforcement agencies […]

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Renewed birth certificate program provides IDs for work and voting

By: - November 7, 2019

Milwaukee County supervisors Theodore Lipscomb and Sequanna Taylor are supporting an amendment to the county’s free birth certificate program, continuing the program into 2020. The amendment is part of an effort by Milwaukee County to widen voting access to its residents. Since 2012, the free birth certificate program has allowed residents to apply for birth […]

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DNR seeking input today on boat launch impact on rare frog

By: - November 4, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources has issued a notice of an incidental take of a rare plant and frog species in Walworth County. It stems from the proposed construction of the Army Lake boat launch improvement project, in the town of East Troy. An incidental take notice is issued when individual members of a protected […]

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Small time cannabis, a “victimless crime”

By: - November 1, 2019

Legislation co-authored by Reps. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee) and Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) and would decriminalize possession of one ounce, or 28 grams of cannabis. “While black men, women and children are just 6% of the population, we make up nearly 40% of the prison population. This disparity is a direct result of the unequal enforcement of […]

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Wisconsin joins states opposing proposed EPA rule

By: - October 30, 2019

Attorneys general across the country are uniting to oppose proposed rule changes to the Clean Water Act by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proposed changes would allow federal agencies to circumvent or ignore state-issued regulations that protect water resources. “At a time when we need to step up our efforts to safeguard access to […]

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Tammy Baldwin pushes for action on lead poisoning

By: - October 29, 2019

Sen. Tammy Baldwin is joining 16 Senate colleagues in calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to tackle the looming issue of childhood lead exposure. The Senators sent a letter to Sema Verma, administrator for CMS, calling for renewed efforts to address issues in lead screening data. Current federal law requires lead […]

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Drug disposal part of clean water effort

By: - October 28, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is uniting with allies to tackle the growing issue of prescription pill contamination in water. As part of this new initiative, officials are promoting the use of drop boxes for unused medications, and debuting new boxes in Milwaukee. This new effort comes in the wake of the Oct. 23 […]

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New rule-making push on PFAS water contamination

By: - October 24, 2019

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) on Wednesday moved to establish a rule making process for PFAS levels in water sources for Wisconsinites. The unanimous vote represents another step in addressing water contamination issues statewide. PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of man-made chemicals used in products like non-stick cooking supplies, fast food […]

Public urged to weigh in on water quality

By: - October 24, 2019

Safe drinking water is receiving significant attention this year, from proposed rule changes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to creating new incentives for companies to clean up and reduce pollution. But advocates pushing for safer drinking water are still looking for more. “It’s about time EPA takes the crisis seriously by putting forth much […]