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.

$1 billion in Great Lakes funding will help Milwaukee Estuary

By: - February 18, 2022

$1 billion worth of aid is coming to regions of the Great Lakes affected by chronic water contamination. That includes the Milwaukee Estuary, which has been designated as an Area Of Concern (AOC) since 1987. The funds, allocated by the Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, are a bipartisan achievement says Congresswoman […]

The Wisconsin Supreme Court in session on Tuesday. (Screenshot | WisconsinEye)

Wisconsin Supreme Court ends indiscriminate shackling of children in court

By: - February 17, 2022

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments for a potential rule change regarding the shackling of juveniles in the courtroom. While many other states have moved past a default practice of shackling juveniles, the Badger State had not. Although a formal decision will not be released until May, sources at the Supreme Court report […]

The Milwaukee Mayors Forum Feb. 9, 2022. (Screenshot)

Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson will face Bob Donovan in April election

By: - February 17, 2022

Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson and former Ald. Bob Donovan have survived Tuesday’s primary and will face one another April 5 in Milwaukee’s mayoral  election. The winner will be the city’s first new mayor in nearly two decades. With 42% of the votes Tuesday, Johnson ran well ahead of Donovan (22%), and both far outpaced the […]

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Constitutional amendment to tighten money bail system passes Assembly

By: - February 16, 2022

A proposed amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution passed in the Assembly Tuesday, by a vote of 70-21 with 13 Democratic representatives joining with the Republicans who crafted the amendment. Hammering through the amendment (AJR-107) was hardly troublesome for its GOP authors. “We don’t need cooperation across the aisle,” said Rep. Cindi Duchow (R-Town of Delafield) […]

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New report: Wisconsin doesn’t have enough land for all the manure

By: - February 15, 2022

A new report by the Environmental Working Group and Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) has found that in nine counties, animal manure is over-applied to farmland, exacerbating rural Wisconsin’s water quality struggles. According to the report, four counties applied manure at more than 50% above the rate recommended by University of Wisconsin researchers to minimize pollution. […]

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Goalpost moves on Republican-backed wiretap bill

By: - February 15, 2022

By the time legislators voted to pass a bill that would modify the state’s definition of a wiretap technology called pen registers, concerns about civil liberties had all but disappeared from the debate, replaced by political swipes at the Milwaukee County District Attorney. Republican lawmakers who pushed the bill advocated it as a way for […]

The Milwaukee Mayors Forum Feb. 9, 2022. (Screenshot)

Milwaukee mayor’s race builds to crescendo prior to Tuesday election

By: - February 11, 2022

With the Feb.15 primary nearing, the city of Milwaukee is on the cusp of narrowing a large field of contenders to be the city’s next mayor down to two in the nonpartisan race. On Wednesday evening, all seven candidates withstood two hours of questioning from the public during a mayoral forum at Turner Hall. Issues […]

Rep. Shelia Stubbs, chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, leads a virtual 2021 celebration of Black History Month.

Legislative Black Caucus resolves to celebrate Black History Month

By: - February 10, 2022

The Legislative Black Caucus is circulating a  resolution to recognize Black History Month. Like in resolutions of years past, the caucus’ 2022 resolution recognizes numerous Black citizens and their contributions to the state of Wisconsin and the country as a whole. This year’s resolution, seeking to honor 33 individuals, is a stark contrast to a […]

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Will the Lincoln Hills youth prison finally close, and at what cost?

By: - February 9, 2022

The fate of the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile facilities in Irma is still in limbo, with legislators introducing a bill that would authorize the creation of a new Type 1 juvenile correctional facility in Milwaukee County. Under the Senate Bill (SB-520) about $42 million  in the general fund would be allocated to develop […]

Rep. Shelia Stubbs, chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, leads a virtual 2021 celebration of Black History Month.

Republican lawmakers may recognize Black History Month this year

By: - February 8, 2022

Wisconsin Republicans continue to send mixed signals about acknowledging that February is Black History Month. Last year, Republican legislators refused to back a resolution circulated by Democrats recognizing Black History Month because it included language honoring people they did not approve of, including Milwaukee civil rights activists and groups. At the same time, Republicans in […]

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Wauwatosa common council candidate hopes to build community and collaboration as alder

By: - February 7, 2022

“What I see the role of an alderperson, or really anybody in government, is to use the shared resources for our collective good,” Margaret Arney, who is running unopposed to represent District 2 in Wauwatosa, told Wisconsin Examiner. As the spring election nears, it’s clear that change will be coming to Wauwatosa’s Common Council. Arney […]

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Enbridge Line 5 spurs 10 hour hearing, over 140 people speak against pipeline

By: - February 4, 2022

Over the course of a 10-hour hearing that lasted well past 1 a.m. on Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the public explored the deep policy divide over the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline project in northern Wisconsin. Opposition witnesses came from Wisconsin, Michigan,  Minnesota, Illinois and elsewhere. Many called for the pipeline […]