Civil Beat Staff

April Estrellon

April Estrellon is Civil Beat’s multimedia producer and works on creating audio, video and graphic elements for the website. She also produces Civil Beat’s podcasts which include Hawaii Storytellers and weekly episodes of Pod Squad and Offshore.

April has degrees in journalism and anthropology from the University of Hawaii Manoa. As a student she helped produce and host the student run news broadcast Ka Hui Ho’olauna for KFVE. She also volunteered at UH’s archaeology lab, helping photograph and catalogue fishhooks for their reference collection.

Her interests include history and cultural studies of Asia and the Pacific and storytelling through new media.

April is often glued to her headphones, but you can get her attention by emailing her at april@civilbeat.org.

Pod Squad: Don Guzman Talks About Why He Wants To Be Maui Mayor Courtesy of Don Guzman

Pod Squad: Don Guzman Talks About Why He Wants To Be Maui Mayor

The county councilman will run next year in what is likely to be a crowded field of candidates.

Pod Squad: Josh Green Makes His Case To Be LG Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Josh Green Makes His Case To Be LG

The Big Island lawmaker and doctor thinks Hawaii needs an “aggressive progressive” as lieutenant governor.

Pod Squad: Why Will Espero Wants To Be Our LG

Pod Squad: Why Will Espero Wants To Be Our LG

An 18-year veteran of the Hawaii Legislature, the state senator hopes to make the jump to lieutenant governor.

Pod Squad: Mazie Hirono Makes Her Case For Re-Election Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Mazie Hirono Makes Her Case For Re-Election

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono packs a lot into this 17-minute interview with Chad Blair.

Pod Squad: Talking Story With Colleen Hanabusa Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Talking Story With Colleen Hanabusa

Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa wonders whether Donald Trump is crazy, manipulative or just oddly shrewd.

Pod Squad: Tim Vandeveer Still A Bernie Backer In Age Of Trump

Pod Squad: Tim Vandeveer Still A Bernie Backer In Age Of Trump

The leader of the Hawaii Democratic Party thinks the Vermont senator deserves another shot at the presidency in 2020.

Pod Squad: Bob McDermott Tells Us Why He Wants To Be Governor

Pod Squad: Bob McDermott Tells Us Why He Wants To Be Governor

The Ewa Beach legislator admits that running for state office in Hawaii as a Republican is like “climbing Mount Everest.”

Pod Squad: Sen Glenn Wakai Talks About His Outreach To Micronesia

Pod Squad: Sen Glenn Wakai Talks About His Outreach To Micronesia

The lawmaker representing Kalihi-Salt Lake has been running a nonprofit organization since 2004.

Pod Squad: A Chat With ACLU Hawaii’s Very Busy Executive Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: A Chat With ACLU Hawaii’s Very Busy Executive Director

In the Trump era, “liberty has never been so fragile,” says Vanessa Chong, who has been on the job in the islands since 1989.

Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s New Education and Business Reporters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s New Education and Business Reporters

Listen to Civil Beat’s newest staffers — Stewart Yerton and Suevon Lee — talk about their goals, unforgettable stories and a Grateful Dead song.

Pod Squad: A Conversation With Gov. David Ige Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: A Conversation With Gov. David Ige

Now in his third year as Hawaii’s governor, he responds to his recent low poll ratings and points to what his administration is doing right.