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.

Applications for American Indian College Fund Scholarship open

By: - February 3, 2022

Applications have opened online for an American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship. It’s a program open to any Native American U.S. citizen who is an enrolled member, or the decedent of an enrolled member, of a state or federally recognized tribe. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.0 grade point average, and plan on […]

Jay Anderson Jr. (Photo provided by the Anderson Family)

Why did Tosa police officers need immunity in the Jay Anderson investigation?

By: - February 1, 2022

As the John Doe investigation into the death of 25-year-old Jay Anderson Jr. in 2016 continues, questions linger around the decision to grant immunity to three Wauwatosa officers who responded to the scene. The officers were offered immunity in exchange for their testimony about what happened that night. It was a decision one of the […]

Banner at Milwaukee climate march 2019 (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

AG Kaul, labor council, elected officials call for climate spending for Wisconsin in Build Back Better

By: - January 31, 2022

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has joined advocates, including the president of the AFL-CIO’s Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Pam Fendt, calling on the U.S. Senate not to drag its feet in acting to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis with investments in climate justice and clean energy included in the Build Back Better Act. […]

An eastern massasauga (Photo | Rori Paloski, WDNR

Endangered rattlesnake gets incidental take notice in Columbia County

By: - January 31, 2022

An incidental take notice has been issued by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in connection to the X-52 Hazard Tree Removal project in Columbia County. Some 61 trees were identified as hazardous by the American Transmission Company and its contractors, and will require limb and tree removal to meet the company’s safety standards. However, […]

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Law enforcement bills, some targeting Milwaukee, flood the Assembly floor

By: - January 27, 2022

Among the dozens of bills that flowed across the Assembly floor Tuesday, one theme remained clear. For Republican elected officials, more police officers arresting and detaining more people for longer stretches of time is the best way to help struggling communities. Under Republican proposals some areas, particularly Milwaukee, could see their independent authority to govern […]

Protesters gather in Kenosha the second night of protests on August 24th, 2020. This was before the clashes with police later that night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Environmental activists concerned about riot bill

By: - January 25, 2022

Climate and environmental activists are raising the alarm about a so-called riot bill which will come up for a vote in the Senate and the Assembly on Tuesday. Organizers from Madison 350 are encouraging people to call legislators to express their thoughts and concerns about the Senate and Assembly versions of the bill. The proposed […]

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VP Harris and EPA announce $140 million in water infrastructure funds for Wisconsin

By: - January 25, 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris paid Wisconsin another visit Monday, this time in Milwaukee. Harris was joined by her husband, Doug Emhoff, who visited the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center while Harris focused on unveiling an infrastructure plan for the city. Harris visited the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/ Building Industry Group Skills Trades Employment Program (WRTP/ BIG […]

Monroe County eco-contamination site gets grant for assessment

By: - January 25, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources has awarded a Brownfields Grant to Monroe County, which will assist in the investigation of potential environmental contamination at two former railroad properties. The properties are located near an intersection in Sparta, Wisconsin. Part of the DNR’s Wisconsin Assessment Monies program, the grant can provide up to $35,000 in contractor […]

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Tug-of-war over future of Wisconsin’s bail laws

By: - January 24, 2022

The future of Wisconsin’s cash bail system stirred some of the most drawn-out discussion during Thursday’s Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. For Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), a solution may lie in amending the state constitution to allow cash bail to be shaped by considerations other than simply ensuring that an individual appears in […]

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Advocates push to end life without parole for juveniles in Wisconsin

By: - January 20, 2022

In Wisconsin, advocates are pushing to end the practice of giving life sentences to juveniles, something many other states have already accomplished. A group of them gathered in the capitol Wednesday to endorse a bipartisan bill, authored by Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee), to do just that. At a press conference Wednesday to highlight the bill, […]

Protesters gather at Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee Suburb, and march through the area. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Will Wauwatosa elect its first Black council members this spring?

By: - January 17, 2022

With six of Wauwatosa’s eight common council seats now up for grabs, change could be coming to the suburb. Two of the candidates, if they win, would be among the first people of color to hold a seat on Wauwatosa’s Common Council, joining Margaret Michele Arney, a female African American candidate for alder in Dist. […]

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Hearing on fentanyl testing strips upends stereotypes

By: - January 14, 2022

A proposal to legalize fentanyl testing strips stirred strong emotions  during the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety hearing Thursday. Currently in the state of Wisconsin, possessing or distributing fentanyl testing strips can lead to a felony charge. Since fentanyl is the driving factor behind a surge in overdose deaths across the state, the […]