Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Natanya Friedheim is a reporting fellow at Civil Beat. She covers city government, general assignments and produces video content.
Natanya joined Civil Beat as an intern in August 2016 after completing an internship at Pacific Business News. Born and raised on Oahu, Natanya moved to Oakland, California to attend Mills College. As a student, Natanya taught civics classes at a public middle school in Oakland and worked in a preschool classroom. Upon completing her B.A. in literary and cultural studies with a minor in government, she returned to Oahu to settle down and start her career in journalism.
In her free time, Natanya is at the beach, skateboarding or makes goofy videos for her social media platforms.

For tips, story ideas or comments, you can reach Natanya at natanya@civilbeat.org. Her twitter handle is @natanya_hnl.

Boat Harbor Encampment Cited As Model For Homeless Safe Zones Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Boat Harbor Encampment Cited As Model For Homeless Safe Zones

A working group created by legislators takes testimony and presents three possible sites on Oahu for safe zones.

Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Gets Preliminary Approval Despite Opposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Gets Preliminary Approval Despite Opposition

Three Honolulu City Council bills would further restrict where homeless people can be. Critics say that would worsen the problem.

Tax Breaks Proposed For Organic Farms And ‘Ocean Friendly’ Restaurants Martha Cheng

Tax Breaks Proposed For Organic Farms And ‘Ocean Friendly’ Restaurants

Councilwoman Kymberly Pine is also still pushing a measure to ban plastic foam takeout containers.

Councilman: Contraflow Lane Is Doing More Harm Than Good Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilman: Contraflow Lane Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Honolulu should stop prohibiting so many left turns during the afternoon rush hour, says Trevor Ozawa.

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away

An islandwide ban on sitting or lying on public sidewalks is among a slew of new bills aimed at moving homeless people out of public places.

Overtime Costs Keep Going Up For Honolulu City Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Overtime Costs Keep Going Up For Honolulu City Government

The expense of paying workers time and a half increased 30 percent in the last five years, reaching $67 million in fiscal year 2017.

City Must Find $160 Million To Pay For Rail Agency’s Employees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Must Find $160 Million To Pay For Rail Agency’s Employees

Those costs had been covered by general excise tax revenue, but the legislative bailout requires that money to be used only for construction.

Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says

Residential buildings could each be evaluated to determine if a sprinkler retrofitting is necessary, a City Council committee is told.

The Big Island’s First Legal Homeless Camp: Safe Zone Or Shanty Town? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Big Island’s First Legal Homeless Camp: Safe Zone Or Shanty Town?

Mayor Harry Kim wants several encampments around the island, but critics say the focus should be on finding permanent housing.

Pension Spiking Costs Taxpayers Millions — Now The Push Is On To Stop It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pension Spiking Costs Taxpayers Millions — Now The Push Is On To Stop It

City Councilman Joey Manahan urges state to change how it sets retirement payouts to prevent overtime abuse.

Hawaii Officials Push For $300 Million Ala Wai Canal Makeover Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Officials Push For $300 Million Ala Wai Canal Makeover

Devastating storms on the mainland are prompting a renewed effort to finally fix the Ala Wai’s potential for flooding that could wipe out Waikiki.

Extra-Tall Hotel Near Ala Moana Approved By Honolulu City Council

Extra-Tall Hotel Near Ala Moana Approved By Honolulu City Council

Developer takes advantage of special permits for building near future rail line, but the city stiffens affordable housing requirement.