Civil Beat Staff

John Hill

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 named as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for a year-long series on race relations.

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.

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.

Why Weren’t Other Parents Told About Day Care Toddler Abuse?

Why Weren’t Other Parents Told About Day Care Toddler Abuse?

A panel of child abuse experts suggested screening other children to check for problems. But parents say it never happened, even months later.

Safe Sleeping Rules Adopted 4 Years After Bill Required Them Jenca/Flickr.com

Safe Sleeping Rules Adopted 4 Years After Bill Required Them

The Hawaii Department of Human Services rules require measures to prevent crib deaths at day cares.

Police Chief Orders Full Review Of Toddler Assault Case Courtesy of Chelsea Valiente

Police Chief Orders Full Review Of Toddler Assault Case

A criminal case may be reopened in the assault of Peyton Valiente at an Ewa Beach day care operated by a police officer’s wife.

Hawaii Lawmakers Want Answers In Toddler Abuse Case Courtesy of Chelsea Valiente

Hawaii Lawmakers Want Answers In Toddler Abuse Case

State Sen. Will Espero and Rep. Matt LoPresti are asking the attorney general and other agencies to get involved.

This Honolulu Toddler Nearly Died In An Assault But No Charges Filed Courtesy of Chelsea Valiente

This Honolulu Toddler Nearly Died In An Assault But No Charges Filed

The Honolulu Police Department investigation, focused on the family of a police officer, fell short of best practices, experts say.

UH Report: State’s Cut Of Honolulu Rail Tax ‘Exorbitant’ Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

UH Report: State’s Cut Of Honolulu Rail Tax ‘Exorbitant’

The report by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization says the so-called “skim” is far in excess of the state’s actual costs

Parents Turn Out In Force For Tougher Hawaii Day Care Rules

Parents Turn Out In Force For Tougher Hawaii Day Care Rules

Two bills that would bolster day care oversight were approved by Senate committees on Monday.

Counselor Involved In School Sex Case Now Works For State John Hill/Civil Beat

Counselor Involved In School Sex Case Now Works For State

Scott O’Neal didn’t admit liability but paid $750,000 to settle. The Department of Health said it could find no reason not to hire him.