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Olivia Peterkin

Olivia Peterkin is an intern for Civil Beat.

She graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Journalism and International Peace Studies in May of 2017 and being from Kalihi, graduated from Wallace Rider Farrington High School a few Mays before that.

For Olivia, being able to cover stories here at home on Oahu is a dream come true.

Before starting at Civil Beat, Olivia did reporting internships for local papers in Missouri and Tennessee where she covered community news, public health, crime and business development.

Olivia joined Civil Beat’s intern program in August 2017 and will be covering the areas of Kalihi and Waikiki as well as public health issues on the island. To contact her, email opeterkin@civilbeat.org.

Native Hawaiian Health Task Force Isn’t Giving Up The Fight Olivia Peterkin/Civil Beat

Native Hawaiian Health Task Force Isn’t Giving Up The Fight

After racing to craft legislation in just five days last session, the group’s members want to continue addressing ethnic health disparities.

These Kalihi Streets Are A Big Hazard For Bike Riders Lila Lee/Civil Beat

These Kalihi Streets Are A Big Hazard For Bike Riders

Honolulu DTS has plans for improving safety in the area, including repaving North King Street and adding shared-use lanes.

Kauai Powerlines Are Killing 1,800 Seabirds A Year U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Kauai Powerlines Are Killing 1,800 Seabirds A Year

An analysis by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service predicts that all colonies of two endangered bird species on the island could vanish as early as 2050.

Study: Living In Hawaii Can Make You Less Prejudiced Olivia Peterkin/Civil Beat

Study: Living In Hawaii Can Make You Less Prejudiced

A new UH study found that after nine months of living on Oahu, mainland students’ views on race shifted noticeably.

Shortage Of Mental Health Providers Is Taking A Toll On Hawaii Teens Ryan Melaugh/Flickr.com

Shortage Of Mental Health Providers Is Taking A Toll On Hawaii Teens

In a state where suicide is the leading cause of death among youths, there are not enough care providers. 

Are Hawaii’s Nursing and Senior Care Homes Prepared For Disasters? Olivia Peterkin/Civil Beat

Are Hawaii’s Nursing and Senior Care Homes Prepared For Disasters?

Recent tragedies elsewhere raise questions about preparedness here, which can vary dramatically depending on the size of the facility.

Hawaii Would Lose Big If Obamacare Repealed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Would Lose Big If Obamacare Repealed

The congressional delegation condemns the GOP plan, and isn’t impressed by reports that Hawaii might be exempted along with Alaska.

Helping Those Who Help Their Kupuna: State Aid Program Takes Shape Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Helping Those Who Help Their Kupuna: State Aid Program Takes Shape

The Legislature approved a $600,000 effort to help people who give up their time, work and financial security to help relatives.

Waikiki High Rise Would Include 450 Rental Units Civil Beat

Waikiki High Rise Would Include 450 Rental Units

The Queen Emma Land Co. proposal also calls for replacing a Food Pantry store with a full-service grocery.

Will Kalihi Redevelopment Push Out Current Residents And Businesses? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Kalihi Redevelopment Push Out Current Residents And Businesses?

A state “vision report” says “Mom and Pop stores would thrive and gentrification would be mitigated.” It just doesn’t say how.