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John Hill

John Hill is investigations editor at Honolulu Civil Beat. He meandered back and forth across the U.S. for two-plus decades as a newspaper reporter — with stops in Northern California, New York City, New Orleans, Albuquerque and back to Northern California — before abandoning the mainland altogether to come to Civil Beat in July 2016.

In 2005, he won the George Polk Award for documenting abuses of the California pension and disability systems, most notably by the top brass of the California Highway Patrol. In New Orleans, he was part of a team of reporters that did a year-long series on race relations honored for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Headliner Awards.

In 2009, John left journalism to work for a California Senate office that investigated shortcomings in state government. His reports focused on the state’s failure to prevent elder abuse and monitor deaths in residential drug treatment programs, among other topics, and led to legislation and administrative reforms.

In 2014, the Senate eliminated his office and he worked for a year-and-a-half as press secretary for the California State Controller.

John recognizes that the best investigations start with tips, and encourages Civil Beat readers to contact him with stories of skullduggery, malfeasance and garden-variety ineptitude.

Hawaii Supreme Court: Christopher Deedy Can Go On Trial For A Third Time PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court: Christopher Deedy Can Go On Trial For A Third Time

UPDATED: The federal agent’s attorneys said pursuing a third trial against him for the death of Kollin Elderts is double jeopardy.

This Woman Lost 10 Years Battling A System Where Insurers Call The Shots Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Woman Lost 10 Years Battling A System Where Insurers Call The Shots

Hobbled by pain from work injuries, Vanessa Sylva had to overcome medical reports by insurance doctors that challenged her need for surgeries.

Recent Court Decisions Beneficial For Injured Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Recent Court Decisions Beneficial For Injured Workers

The Hawaii Supreme Court made two rulings in 2015 in favor of workers who had been denied treatment for their injuries.

Insurance ‘Hell’ Leaves Many Injured Workers Broken Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Insurance ‘Hell’ Leaves Many Injured Workers Broken

In Hawaii’s workers’ comp system, people with long-lasting injuries are often forced to battle doctors hand-picked by insurance companies to get treatment.

Hawaii AG Won’t File Charges In Toddler Abuse Case

Hawaii AG Won’t File Charges In Toddler Abuse Case

UPDATED: Peyton Valiente almost died from injuries suffered at a day care, and the Honolulu Police Department acknowledged botching the investigation.

Abused Toddler’s Mom Seeks Federal Help With Her Son’s Case Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Abused Toddler’s Mom Seeks Federal Help With Her Son’s Case

Chelsea Valiente is worried the state hasn’t listed son Peyton’s ex-babysitter in a database of known abusers aimed at alerting others of problems.

New Rail Plan Renews Commitment To Building To Ala Moana Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Rail Plan Renews Commitment To Building To Ala Moana

But construction funding remains unsettled in a “recovery plan” submitted to the Federal Transit Administration.

Hawaii AG To Review Toddler Abuse Case That Police Botched Courtesy of Chelsea Valiente

Hawaii AG To Review Toddler Abuse Case That Police Botched

Doug Chin is looking at the case after Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro said police gave him no new evidence.

Report: Rail Could Save Big With Private Financing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Rail Could Save Big With Private Financing

The report, commissioned by the Ulupono Initiative, suggests a new kind of contracting for finishing the troubled project

Experts Tell Honolulu Rail What Needs To Be Fixed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Experts Tell Honolulu Rail What Needs To Be Fixed

Despite meeting “best practices” in several areas, the project has room for improvement in others, panel finds.

HPD Reassigns Detective Who Investigated Toddler Abuse Case Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

HPD Reassigns Detective Who Investigated Toddler Abuse Case

Meanwhile, the husband of the day care owner retired this week from the Honolulu Police Department, where he was a corporal.

Honolulu Police Admit They Mishandled Toddler Abuse Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Admit They Mishandled Toddler Abuse Case

But the Police Commission is told it’s unlikely charges will ever be filed in the assault.