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.

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.

Mayor’s Prediction Of More Rail Problems Comes True Immediately Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayor’s Prediction Of More Rail Problems Comes True Immediately

After Caldwell’s surprise appearance at at HART board meeting, the staff reveals a problem with aluminum beams in the rail cars.

Delays, Denials Plague Hawaii’s Program To Help Injured Workers

Delays, Denials Plague Hawaii’s Program To Help Injured Workers

The state is trying to streamline its workers’ compensation system, but critics say wholesale changes are needed.

Feds Extend Deadline for Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Extend Deadline for Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan

The new deadline of April 30 is not as late as officials wanted, but avoids a due date later this month

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail?

It’s the financial terms of the project that could drive the cost up. Those elements are still unknown.

Hawaii Failed To Take Steps Meant To Prevent Day Care Deaths Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Failed To Take Steps Meant To Prevent Day Care Deaths

State officials promised lawmakers they’d draft new rules to protect infants, but more than three years later nothing’s changed.

HART Board Gets New Chair Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Board Gets New Chair

Damien Kim has been on the board since it was created, and most recently was vice chair.