Isiah Holmes

Ida B. Wells Fellow

Isiah Holmes is a multimedia reporter for The Wisconsin Examiner, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee. His writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, The Pontiac Tribune, The Progressive, Al Jazeera, and other outlets. At The Wisconsin Examiner, Holmes covers criminal justice, environmental issues, housing, state policy impacts on Milwaukee, and more. Over the last several years, Holmes has won several Milwaukee Press Club awards for his reporting, as well as the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council’s Media Openness Award and the Sierra Club’s Environmental Hero award. He will investigate reports of police surveillance in Milwaukee.


Milwaukee Sheriff Releases Video of Deputy Punching Girl at Zoo

Incident occurred after lengthy encounter as group struggled to find way to leave zoo property.

Bills introduced to improve conditions in jails and prisons

New package calls for ‘harm reduction’ to the damage done by mass incarceration.

Third death at Waupun prison reported

A third death has been reported in Waupun Correctional Institution, the state’s oldest prison, a Department of Corrections (DOC) spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. The spokesperson was unable to provide more information until family notifications had been made.

What is the Milwaukee Sheriff’s ‘MATRIX group’?

Under-the-radar intelligence team operates out of the sheriff’s office.

Kenosha residents, advocates react to removal of books from schools

Kenosha Unified School District removed four books from school libraries this year, joining a nationwide debate about removing books from schools.

Report: How Wisconsin’s criminal legal system robs Milwaukeeans of democracy

‘Democracy as a living practice cannot function as long as the crisis of policing and mass incarceration continues’

Wisconsin’s racial disparities among incarcerated people remain high

Wisconsin continues to incarcerate its residents — especially African Americans — at rates far outpacing other states and even other countries.