Civil Beat Staff

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.

September 2017

Tuesday, September 19

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

May 2017

Monday, May 1

New Rail Plan Renews Commitment To Building To Ala Moana

April 2017

Thursday, April 6

Hawaii AG To Review Toddler Abuse Case That Police Botched

March 2017

Monday, March 20

Report: Rail Could Save Big With Private Financing

Thursday, March 9

Experts Tell Honolulu Rail What Needs To Be Fixed

Friday, March 3

HPD Reassigns Detective Who Investigated Toddler Abuse Case

Wednesday, March 1

Honolulu Police Admit They Mishandled Toddler Abuse Case

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

February 2017

Monday, February 27

Safe Sleeping Rules Adopted 4 Years After Bill Required Them

Wednesday, February 15

Police Chief Orders Full Review Of Toddler Assault Case

Thursday, February 9

Hawaii Lawmakers Want Answers In Toddler Abuse Case

Wednesday, February 8

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

Thursday, February 2

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

January 2017

Monday, January 23

Parents Turn Out In Force For Tougher Hawaii Day Care Rules

Wednesday, January 18

Counselor Involved In School Sex Case Now Works For State

December 2016

Thursday, December 15

Mayor’s Prediction Of More Rail Problems Comes True Immediately

Thursday, December 8

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

Wednesday, December 7

Feds Extend Deadline for Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan

Friday, December 2

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail?

November 2016

Wednesday, November 16

Hawaii Failed To Take Steps Meant To Prevent Day Care Deaths

Thursday, November 10

HART Board Gets New Chair

Tuesday, November 8

Honolulu Voters Say No To Longer Terms For Mayor, Council

Thursday, November 3

Honolulu Mother Looks In Vain For Answers In Son’s Day Care Death

Wednesday, November 2

Formby Would Serve As Hanabusa’s Chief of Staff In Congress

October 2016

Friday, October 28

Nohara Appointed To Rail Board

Thursday, October 27

HART Hires Former LA Official As Interim Director For Rail Project

Tuesday, October 11

How Hawaii Companies Pay To Party It Up With Public Officials

Friday, October 7

This Group Is Looking For Better Ways Hawaii Can Limit Painkillers

Tuesday, October 4

Hawaii’s Roadblocks to Life-Saving Addiction Drugs

Monday, October 3

Honolulu Tries To Buy Even More Time To Come Up With Rail Plan

September 2016

Thursday, September 29

HART Raises Estimate For Total Cost Of Rail To $8.6 Billion

Wednesday, September 21

Another Special Ed Aide Says Reporting Abuse Got Her Banned

Friday, September 16

State Investigating Placement Of Human Remains At TMT Site

Tuesday, September 13

Hawaii Is A Paradise For Pay Phones

Thursday, September 8

Hawaii Tops List For House Prices

Thursday, September 1

Nationwide Construction Worker Shortage Is Even Worse In Hawaii

August 2016

Tuesday, August 30

Feds To Honolulu: Finish Rail Route Or Give Us Back Our Money

Hawaii School Aide Said He Saw Abuse, Then He Got Fired

Monday, August 29

Settlement Requires Hawaii To Pay More For Foster Care

Monday, August 22

Hawaii’s Love(sick) Affair With Seafood

Thursday, August 18

Grabauskas Resigns As HART Executive Director

Monday, August 8

Why Does It Cost So Much To Build Stuff In Honolulu?

July 2016

Friday, July 22

FTA Gives Honolulu More Time For Rail Plan