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.)

Police Commissioners Clash Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Secret Hearings Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Police Commissioners Clash Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Secret Hearings

Despite vehement objections from a former federal prosecutor and retired supreme court justice, the commission voted to hold hearings behind closed doors.

Two Police Commissioners Say Secret Hearings For Cops Are Improper Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Two Police Commissioners Say Secret Hearings For Cops Are Improper

Officers want Honolulu taxpayers to foot their legal bills in a corruption lawsuit, and the commission is scheduled to decide behind closed doors.

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility?

The commission’s former executive director often tangled with Mayor Caldwell’s administration. Now new director Jan Yamane has big plans for change.

Why Taxpayers Might Have To Pay For Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Attorney Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Taxpayers Might Have To Pay For Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Attorney

Former police chief Louis Kealoha’s request for legal fees at taxpayer expense is causing angst for Honolulu police commissioners.

Honolulu Police Commission: Where’s Our Consultant? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Commission: Where’s Our Consultant?

The commission hoped to be swearing in a new police chief this summer. But a delay in hiring a consultant to assist in the search has pushed the timeline back to at least September.

Embattled City Prosecutor Kealoha Has Been On Unpaid Leave Since April Screen shot/KHON

Embattled City Prosecutor Kealoha Has Been On Unpaid Leave Since April

She says the leave is due to a workplace injury and unrelated to the fact that she’s under federal investigation.

Judge Orders Release Of City Prosecutor’s Employment Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Orders Release Of City Prosecutor’s Employment Records

Civil Beat filed a public records request in April to get access to Katherine Kealoha’s work history, but she tried to keep the documents confidential.

Kealohas Tried to Discredit Police Commissioner In Corruption Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas Tried to Discredit Police Commissioner In Corruption Probe

A city prosecutor urged the police commission to ignore calls for more scrutiny of her husband, Police Chief Louis Kealoha.

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Fight For Legal Fees Turns Nasty Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Fight For Legal Fees Turns Nasty

Police Commissioner Loretta Sheehan says the former chief’s attempt to have her removed from the case is “baseless.”

Another Delay In Nationwide Search For Honolulu Police Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Another Delay In Nationwide Search For Honolulu Police Chief

Officials will notify the 34 candidates who applied to lead the 20th largest police department in the U.S.

How HART Tried — And Failed — To Keep Rail Records Secret Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How HART Tried — And Failed — To Keep Rail Records Secret

The agency fought to keep the public from knowing what the Utah Transit Authority found during a study. So we got the records from Utah — in four days.

Audit Finds Domestic Violence Crackdown Isn’t Working In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit Finds Domestic Violence Crackdown Isn’t Working In Honolulu

The workload has increased, but not the number of successful prosecutions, according to the Office of the Auditor.