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Nathan Eagle

Nathan Eagle

Nathan Eagle covers everything from state government and commercial fishing to ocean-related issues and politics as a reporter at Honolulu Civil Beat.

He moved to Oahu in March 2012 after he reached the self-proclaimed End of the World during a backpacking trip in South America. (Due to his respect for Hawaii laws regulating non-native and invasive species, he reluctantly decided against bringing back some penguins from Isla Magdalena.)

Before Nathan’s temporary departure from the northern hemisphere, he served as managing editor of The Garden Island. It was a position as environment reporter for this century-old daily newspaper on Kauai that lured him from his native Ohio in 2007.

He has won statewide and national awards for a series on ocean safety (Dying For Vacation), a series on unfunded liabilities (Pension Promises), data journalism, editorial writing, columns, photography, local news coverage and community reporting.

Nathan has degrees in journalism and Spanish from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. But he is perhaps more proud of the proverbial badges of honor he earned after diving with a dozen bull sharks in Fiji, summiting Long’s Peak in Colorado and hiking up Vulcan Villarrica in Chile.

He looks forward to continuing to serve the public in Hawaii while hopefully finding a few spare moments to enjoy the vibrant cultural activities and natural escapes that the islands offer.

Nathan warmly welcomes any and all story ideas and feedback. News tips are appreciated. You can send them directly to neagle@civilbeat.org or anonymously using this Tipbox link, which uses automatic encryption. (NOTE: If you send a tip through Tipbox I cannot respond unless there’s contact information in the body of the message.)

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Counties: ‘We Got Screwed’ By The Legislature On Lifeguard Protection Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Counties: ‘We Got Screwed’ By The Legislature On Lifeguard Protection

Council members, mayors and others remain frustrated by the influence a group of personal injury lawyers had on the decision.

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Gets A New Member — For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Gets A New Member — For Now

The governor has found a new member to serve after the Senate rejected his last choice.

Saiki: New House Leadership Is ‘The Face Of Hawaii’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Saiki: New House Leadership Is ‘The Face Of Hawaii’

After end-of-session shakeup, Hawaii’s new House speaker brings in millennials, women and neighbor islanders to help lead the chamber.

Passage Of State Budget Bill Breaks The Legislative Logjam — For Now Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Passage Of State Budget Bill Breaks The Legislative Logjam — For Now

Negotiations continue on the rail-tax measure during the secretive home stretch when Senate and House leaders meet in conference committees.

Committee Rejects Governor’s Choice For Utilities Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Committee Rejects Governor’s Choice For Utilities Commission

UPDATED But the full Senate will ultimately decide whether Tom Gorak’s appointment to the PUC will be confirmed.

Deal Reached In Dispute Over Waimea River Water Diversion Courtesy: John Rusk/Flickr

Deal Reached In Dispute Over Waimea River Water Diversion

A 4-year-old case ends in an agreement to restore water for Hawaiians, renewable energy, agriculture and the environment.

The Fight Over Papahanaumokuakea Just Escalated Courtesy: Wespac

The Fight Over Papahanaumokuakea Just Escalated

It’s not just Wespac that’s lobbying President Trump to undo marine monument protections in the Pacific.

100,000 Pounds Of Debris Hauled Out Of Papahanaumokuakea Courtesy: NOAA

100,000 Pounds Of Debris Hauled Out Of Papahanaumokuakea

The marine junk from the reefs and shores of Midway and Kure atolls was brought to Honolulu, where it will be incinerated.

Counties Pressure State To Protect Lifeguards From Lawsuits Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Counties Pressure State To Protect Lifeguards From Lawsuits

Hawaii’s four mayors and county council members say the latest draft of a liability bill still puts lifeguards and beachgoers at risk.

House Legislators Clash Over Bill To Trim Judges’ Pensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Legislators Clash Over Bill To Trim Judges’ Pensions

Meanwhile, bills advanced to fund Honolulu rail, clarify control over roads and make it easier to treat mentally ill patients against their will.

Lawmakers May Put Brakes On Hawaii’s Aquarium Fish Industry FromSandToGlass/Flickr

Lawmakers May Put Brakes On Hawaii’s Aquarium Fish Industry

A bill nixing all new permits for aquarium fishing and requiring the state to establish sustainable collection practices and limits is being considered by legislators.

Counties Threaten To Pull Lifeguards Over Fear Of Lawsuits Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Counties Threaten To Pull Lifeguards Over Fear Of Lawsuits

The Legislature is debating whether to extend limited liability protections for lifeguards over the objections of a group of personal injury lawyers.