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Rui Kaneya

Rui Kaneya joined Honolulu Civil Beat as a reporter in February 2015.

Born and raised in Japan, Rui came to the United States after graduating from high school and spent nearly 20 years in Chicago, where he worked as a correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review and investigations editor at The Chicago Reporter.

A recipient of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Minority Fellowship and the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Minority Fellowship in Urban Journalism, Rui has received numerous journalism awards, among them the Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence National Media Award.

You can reach Rui by email at rkaneya@civilbeat.org or follow him on Twitter at @ruikaneya.

Star-Advertiser Cuts Nearly 10 Percent Of Its Newsroom Staff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Star-Advertiser Cuts Nearly 10 Percent Of Its Newsroom Staff

The Honolulu-based company on Friday laid off two prominent columnists and eight other editorial employees.

Hawaii ‘Dreamer’ Protest: ‘This Is The Worst Thing He Could Have Done’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii ‘Dreamer’ Protest: ‘This Is The Worst Thing He Could Have Done’

President Trump’s decision to end protection for young immigrants prompts rallies across the country, including Honolulu.

Hanabusa Gears Up For Gubernatorial Race Against Ige Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Gears Up For Gubernatorial Race Against Ige

The congresswoman files papers to form a campaign committee. Meanwhile, state senators Will Espero and Josh Green are running for lieutenant government.

Hope For Legal Status In The US Turns To Uncertainty For This ‘Dreamer’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hope For Legal Status In The US Turns To Uncertainty For This ‘Dreamer’

President Trump is considering ending a program that granted temporary legal status to young undocumented immigrants, including more than 500 in Hawaii.

Is Honolulu Turning Homeless People Into Criminals? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Honolulu Turning Homeless People Into Criminals?

Mayor Kirk Caldwell believes sit-lie bans will prod people into shelters but critics say the growing boundaries put the city in legal jeopardy.

Why Hawaii Won’t Join Battle Against Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Crackdown Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Won’t Join Battle Against Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Crackdown

While Hawaii has led the legal charge against the administration’s travel ban, Gov. David Ige is not supporting the sanctuary movement.

First Rat Lungworm Case Since 2010 Reported On Oahu Tad Bartimus/Civil Beat

First Rat Lungworm Case Since 2010 Reported On Oahu

Fifteen other cases — all on Maui or the Big Island — have been reported this year, the most in a decade.

Rat Lungworm: Hawaii Kicks Off $1 Million Campaign To Halt Spread of Disease Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rat Lungworm: Hawaii Kicks Off $1 Million Campaign To Halt Spread of Disease

Most of the money will be devoted to public awareness and education efforts, as well as an epidemiological study.

State Steps Up Its Homeless Sweeps Along Highways Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Steps Up Its Homeless Sweeps Along Highways

Aggressive new effort comes as officials question if moving people along encourages them to use shelters.

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Relief In Sight For High Cost Of Prison Phone Calls

After a federal court overturned a national limit on the price of the calls, activists turn to state and local governments.

Judge Grants Hawaii’s Request On Refugees In Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Judge Grants Hawaii’s Request On Refugees In Travel Ban

UPDATED: The Trump administration will appeal the ruling, which found that grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts and other relatives should be exempted.

Honolulu Judge Rejects Hawaii’s Latest Challenge To Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Judge Rejects Hawaii’s Latest Challenge To Travel Ban

State had argued that subjecting grandparents and other relatives to the travel ban was “preposterous.”