Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Courtney Teague

Courtney Teague is a reporting fellow for Civil Beat.

She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with degrees in English and philosophy. Though Courtney’s phobia of weather below 70 degrees brought her to Oahu from Southern California in 2013, she’s come to love the island’s beaches, cuisine and culture.

When she began at Civil Beat as an intern in January 2016, Courtney continued to write about university matters such as its notorious struggle with deferred maintenance costs and energy use. Courtney has also covered education, infrastructure, and public policy at city and state levels. As news editor for campus paper Ka Leo O Hawaii, she led a staff of reporters, followed key UH issues and contributed to the editorial board.

Courtney covers a wide range of community news, focusing on the neighborhoods of Manoa, Palolo and Kaimuki. To contact her, email courtney@civilbeat.org, or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

How Some Hawaii Officials’ Paychecks Compare To The Mainland Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Some Hawaii Officials’ Paychecks Compare To The Mainland

Some of the islands’ top public employees stack up well, even with our high cost of living. Others, not so much.

Nuclear Blast Preparations: Inside Legislators’ Secret Meeting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nuclear Blast Preparations: Inside Legislators’ Secret Meeting

Lawmakers and their staffs got briefed Tuesday on a possible North Korea attack, but the public wasn’t invited.

The Fight Over Abortion In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Fight Over Abortion In Hawaii

State attorneys are headed to court to defend a new state law that requires pregnancy clinics to tell women about abortion services.

Why Working Women In Hawaii Aren’t Doing As Well As It Seems Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Why Working Women In Hawaii Aren’t Doing As Well As It Seems

The islands have a smaller gender pay gap than the mainland, but that’s partially due to relatively low pay for men here.

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail

Legislative leaders said efforts by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to derail the plan actually helped unite them.

Tax Increase To Rescue Honolulu Rail Project Heads To A Final Vote Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Tax Increase To Rescue Honolulu Rail Project Heads To A Final Vote

UPDATED: The $2.4 billion measure now moves to the full House, where a final vote is expected Friday.

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

UPDATED: The proposal to raise hotel taxes and extend the GET next faces another vote by the full Senate on Wednesday, then likely House consideration.

Honolulu Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Put More Money In Rail Bailout Bill Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Put More Money In Rail Bailout Bill

Hours before the special session begins, the mayor called for renegotiation of the proposed tax increases so “we don’t have to come back again.”

Lawmakers Strike Deal To Increase Hotel Tax, GET To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Strike Deal To Increase Hotel Tax, GET To Pay For Rail

State lawmakers also want to require an audit of the struggling rail project. Senate Ways and Means will hear the measure Monday.

Honolulu Council Sends Sprinkler Retrofit Bill To Advisory Panel Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Sends Sprinkler Retrofit Bill To Advisory Panel

A new committee will study which high rises are at greatest risk, fire safety technology and financial incentives for condo owners.

The Trouble With Trash For Local Volunteers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Trouble With Trash For Local Volunteers

The city has one disposal location for nonprofits throwing out trash from cleanups of public areas, but nonprofits say it’s too far too drive.

Muslim Worker Sues Hawaiian Telcom For Discrimination Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Muslim Worker Sues Hawaiian Telcom For Discrimination

A former employee says he was called the “Mad Iranian” and subjected to other anti-Muslim taunts.