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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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Hawaii Tourists Are Drowning At Nine Times The Rate Of Locals Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Tourists Are Drowning At Nine Times The Rate Of Locals

The 92 drowning deaths in 2016 represented a slight decrease from the previous year, but was slightly above average for the decade.

How Wespac Is Twisting Words To Allow More Fishing Courtesy: Wespac

How Wespac Is Twisting Words To Allow More Fishing

Responding to a lawsuit and presidential proclamation, the Pacific fishery council is reconsidering what “non-commercial fishing” and “cultural fishing” should mean.

Monk Seal Pup To Be Relocated From Waikiki Beach Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Monk Seal Pup To Be Relocated From Waikiki Beach

The risks of leaving Kaimana at the popular beach where she was born outweighed the risks of moving her to a remote location on Oahu, officials said.

Lawmakers Consider Having Neighbor Islands Help Pay For Oahu’s Troubled Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Consider Having Neighbor Islands Help Pay For Oahu’s Troubled Rail Project

With a special session set for the end of August, the Hawaii Legislature will lay out several funding options for the public at a briefing next week.

Kauai Council Says No Thanks To $100K To Fight Climate Change Courtesy: Alana Eagle

Kauai Council Says No Thanks To $100K To Fight Climate Change

Opponents of taking the money question whether the county needs its own plan. One said the work should be left to the federal government.

Experts: Why Do So Many Hawaii Visitors Die Snorkeling? Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Experts: Why Do So Many Hawaii Visitors Die Snorkeling?

A doctor says new full-face masks are a “recipe for disaster.” He wants to measure the breathing resistance in various types of snorkeling tubes.

Save Beaches Or Property? Climate Change Will Force Tough Choices Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Save Beaches Or Property? Climate Change Will Force Tough Choices

A coastal hazard expert briefs Hawaii officials and others about the need to adapt to rising sea levels and warmer temperatures.

Kauai Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Harassing Monk Seal Courtesy: DLNR

Kauai Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Harassing Monk Seal

Authorities say it may be the first felony conviction under a statute designed to protect the endangered marine mammals.

Emergency Meeting Held To Oppose Trump Weakening Marine Monuments Courtesy: Kelvin Gorospe/NOAA

Emergency Meeting Held To Oppose Trump Weakening Marine Monuments

UPDATED A marine sanctuary advisory group wants to block opening Papahanaumokuakea to energy exploration or mining.

We Do Practically Nothing To Control Wild Cats Threatening Rare Seals And Birds Courtesy: Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project

We Do Practically Nothing To Control Wild Cats Threatening Rare Seals And Birds

While Hawaii’s animal rights and environmental groups are sharply divided on solutions, there’s little government support even for steps the two sides agree on.

Hawaii Governor Vetoes Aquarium Fishing Bill, 12 Others Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Vetoes Aquarium Fishing Bill, 12 Others

Gov. David Ige faced a heavy lobbying campaign from both sides on a bill phasing out commercial collection of fish for the aquarium industry.

Legislature Schedules Special Session On Rail Funding In Late August Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Schedules Special Session On Rail Funding In Late August

Hawaii lawmakers will convene for a week to figure out how to fund the rest of Honolulu’s over-budget project.