Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Bianca Smallwood

Bianca Smallwood is a reporting fellow at Civil Beat. She covers West Oahu, general assignments and produces video content.

Bianca grew up in Waianae and is a graduate of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. After high school, she attended the University of Hawaii where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the School of Communications. As a student she worked on student newspaper Ka Leo O Hawaii as an associate news editor and helped produce and host the student run news broadcast UHM-TV for KFVE.

Prior to becoming a reporting fellow in March 2018, Bianca worked for a semester as a public affairs intern for Civil Beat and later for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser as a Society of Professional Journalists’ summer intern. She also freelanced for Hawaii Business magazine.

Bianca is a cat-lover and dedicated Marvel fan.

To send her tips or story ideas, email bsmallwood@civilbeat.org, or follow her on Twitter @biancasmallw.

Would New Uber And Lyft Rules Hit West Side Drivers Hardest? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Would New Uber And Lyft Rules Hit West Side Drivers Hardest?

A lot of drivers live on the Leeward Coast, where incomes are generally lower and driving distances are longer.

Toxic Lot In Maili May Finally Get Cleaned Up Carroll Cox

Toxic Lot In Maili May Finally Get Cleaned Up

PCBs have been awaiting cleanup for years at a contaminated lot near a residential neighborhood in West Oahu.

The Fight To Save A Sacred Owl In West Oahu Javier Cotin/The Pueo Project

The Fight To Save A Sacred Owl In West Oahu

A nonprofit group based in Ewa Beach is concerned future development will destroy the habitat of the Hawaiian short-eared owl.

Kauai Flooding Heightens Worries About West Oahu Isolation Courtesy of Deejay Martin

Kauai Flooding Heightens Worries About West Oahu Isolation

If a disaster were to close the Farrington Highway, what would be the alternative route to and from the Leeward Coast?

Nanakuli Village Center: Big Plans But Few Results So Far Kali Watson/Hawaiian Community Development Board

Nanakuli Village Center: Big Plans But Few Results So Far

After more than a decade of planning, construction could begin this month on a commercial center — or it might not.

Filthy Bathrooms At This Popular Beach Park Are Creating A Stir Bianca Smallwood/ Civil Beat

Filthy Bathrooms At This Popular Beach Park Are Creating A Stir

Pokai Bay Beach Park has other health and environmental hazards, too.

Waianae Substance Abuse Program Opens Women’s Shelter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waianae Substance Abuse Program Opens Women’s Shelter

Women who seek help with addiction often need a safe place to stay away from abusive partners.

Will Creating More Jobs In Kapolei Ease Traffic Congestion? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Creating More Jobs In Kapolei Ease Traffic Congestion?

A bill in the Legislature would offer tax incentives to businesses that open in Oahu’s “second city.”

Report: Out-of-State Buyers, Vacation Rentals Squeeze Local Housing Market Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Out-of-State Buyers, Vacation Rentals Squeeze Local Housing Market

Updated: A new report by the Appleseed Center estimates a quarter of homes sold in Hawaii during recent years were bought by non-residents.

UH Studies How People’s Connections With Land Affect Their Health Kenny Paresa/Ma'o Organic Farms

UH Studies How People’s Connections With Land Affect Their Health

An organic farm in Waianae and university researchers are teaming up to study health issues on the west side.

Civil Cafe: How To Make Government More Transparent Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Civil Cafe: How To Make Government More Transparent

Amid the backdrop of a sexual harassment scandal, lawmakers and advocates discussed bills calling for more government accountability.