Civil Beat Staff

Nick Grube

Nick Grube is an investigative reporter who covers everything from politics to police accountability. He also writes about Honolulu’s controversial commuter rail project.

Nick joined Civil Beat in May 2012. Prior to moving to Honolulu, he worked as a reporter in Oregon, California and Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in journalism and environmental studies.

News tips are welcome and appreciated. You can send them directly to nick@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.)

Should Taxpayers Have Paid The Legal Tab For This Honolulu Cop? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Should Taxpayers Have Paid The Legal Tab For This Honolulu Cop?

Two former officers charged with similar crimes and sued for identical reasons got very different treatment from the Honolulu Police Commission.

Hubbub Over Reality TV Star Sinks HPD Chief Selection Panel Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hubbub Over Reality TV Star Sinks HPD Chief Selection Panel

The news comes the same day it was announced Marc Tilker has resigned from the Honolulu Police Commission.

ACLU: 10 Questions For The Next Honolulu Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU: 10 Questions For The Next Honolulu Police Chief

The ACLU of Hawaii is urging the Honolulu Police Department to consider issues such as free speech, Native Hawaiian incarceration and Donald Trump.

Did Hawaii Lawmakers Just Give Public Worker Unions Too Much Power? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Did Hawaii Lawmakers Just Give Public Worker Unions Too Much Power?

Government officials fear a bill sitting on Gov. Ige’s desk will strip them of their ability to tell their employees what to do without union interference.

It Looks Like Political Insiders Will Help Pick The Next Honolulu Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It Looks Like Political Insiders Will Help Pick The Next Honolulu Police Chief

Concerns are being raised about the lack of Native Hawaiians, Micronesians and other groups on a citizen selection committee organized by the Honolulu Police Commission.

Police Commissioner Cites Another ‘Failed Investigation’ Of Possible Abuse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Commissioner Cites Another ‘Failed Investigation’ Of Possible Abuse

Loretta Sheehan says she’s worried that a former officer involved in another reported domestic dispute violence is going to get his job back.

Kealoha Threatens Police Commissioner With Ethics Complaint Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Threatens Police Commissioner With Ethics Complaint

The former police chief wants taxpayers to pick up his legal tab in a lawsuit, and doesn’t want Commissioner Loretta Sheehan to help decide the matter.

Dog The Bounty Hunter’s Wife Might Help Select HPD’s Next Chief Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Dog The Bounty Hunter’s Wife Might Help Select HPD’s Next Chief

Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword says Beth Chapman, who works in bail bonds, could bring a unique perspective to the selection process.

Why The Stakes Are So High In Hawaii Police Union Negotiations Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Why The Stakes Are So High In Hawaii Police Union Negotiations

There are huge financial ramifications, especially for Honolulu. Meanwhile, a state senator wants to make it easier to fire bad cops.

New Public Union Deals Will Be Costly For State Sara Lin/Civil Beat

New Public Union Deals Will Be Costly For State

A handful of union contracts have yet to be finalized, but the state’s top budget official says the estimated cost so far tops $460 million.

Police Misconduct Cases: A Settlement, A Sentence And An Acquittal

Police Misconduct Cases: A Settlement, A Sentence And An Acquittal

A former police officer is headed to prison for 10 years after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager while working at DLNR.

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief

The measure would also eliminate a little-known rule that prevents some Micronesian immigrants from serving on state boards.