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.

One Ala Moana Condo Development Approved And Another In The Pipeline Natanya Friedheim / Civil Beat

One Ala Moana Condo Development Approved And Another In The Pipeline

Developer Jay Fang wins approval for his 26-story tower despite some rocky moments at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

Council Gives Preliminary OK To Changing How Police Panel Selected Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Gives Preliminary OK To Changing How Police Panel Selected

The resolution would allow the City Council to select three members of the seven-member commission.

Proposed High Rise With ‘Poor Door’ Stalls At City Council Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Proposed High Rise With ‘Poor Door’ Stalls At City Council

Councilwoman Kymberly Pine said the developer needs to address concerns about a planned separate entrance to the lower-cost rental units.

Councilman Wants A Piece Of The Action In Picking Police Commissioners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilman Wants A Piece Of The Action In Picking Police Commissioners

Ikaika Anderson seeks to change the selection process for the Honolulu police and fire commissions, whose members are now mayoral appointees.

‘Poor Door’: Separate Tower Entrance Planned For Lower-Income Residents City and County of Honolulu

‘Poor Door’: Separate Tower Entrance Planned For Lower-Income Residents

The developer of a proposed mixed-income high rise calls it practical, but a critic says it “segregates people in a very clear way.”

 

Two More Condo And Hotel Towers Proposed For Ala Moana City and County of Honolulu

Two More Condo And Hotel Towers Proposed For Ala Moana

The city planning department has given the green light to the builders as long as they add more community benefits.

Honolulu City Council Considers Regulating ‘Monster Homes’ Shafkat Anowar/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Council Considers Regulating ‘Monster Homes’

Neighbors complain about homes with 15 or more bedrooms, but they’re defended by a man who said they serve multigenerational households.

Council Panel Votes To Prohibit Lying Down At Honolulu Bus Stops Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Panel Votes To Prohibit Lying Down At Honolulu Bus Stops

But the committee postponed action on a measure to extend the sit-lie ban to areas around schools and libraries.

New Council Proposal Cuts Back Fire Sprinkler Requirements Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Council Proposal Cuts Back Fire Sprinkler Requirements

Only about half as many high rises built before 1975 would have to be retrofitted under an amended version of the measure.

Recycle Or Incinerate? The Battle Of The Blue Bins Richard Wiens/Civil Beat

Recycle Or Incinerate? The Battle Of The Blue Bins

Burning more discards could save money as recycling gets more expensive, but environmentalists say it’s the cost of caring for the planet.

No Water For The Homeless At The Waianae Boat Harbor Camp Natanya Friedheim/Civil Beat

No Water For The Homeless At The Waianae Boat Harbor Camp

Residents of the camp are scrambling to make do by getting water from relatives and nearby parks.

Council Confirms Two New Honolulu Police Commission Members Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Council Confirms Two New Honolulu Police Commission Members

Jerry Gibson and Karen Chang will join the seven-member panel that oversees the embattled police department.