Civil Beat Staff

Richard Wiens

Richard Wiens has been helping to run newsrooms big and small for more than 30 years, and was most recently editor and publisher of the Del Norte Triplicate, a newspaper in the far-northern California town of Crescent City, also known as the tsunami magnet of the West Coast.

There, he coordinated coverage that won numerous statewide awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, including first place for spot news coverage of a tsunami — spawned by the Japanese earthquake of March 2011 — that destroyed Crescent City Harbor.

Prior to that, he helped run the city desks of the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Spokane (Washington) Spokesman-Review and the Los Angeles Daily News. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 1979, he got his start in newspapering at the Hillsboro (Oregon) Argus, where he advanced from reporter to managing editor during his seven-year tenure.

Shedding the bonds of print journalism to become news editor of Honolulu Civil Beat is the latest challenge of Richard’s career. Others have included directing coverage of the numerous military institutions in Colorado Springs, and of a controversial downtown Spokane shopping mall developed partly with public money by the owner of the newspaper he worked for.

He has won statewide first-place awards for feature writing and military coverage, and helped direct coverage of the standoff between white supremacist Randy Weaver and federal agents at Ruby Ridge in North Idaho that was the Pulitzer runner-up for spot news in 1992.

Throughout his career, he has pushed for coverage that helps citizens better understand — and hopefully improve — the community they live in.

Contact Richard at or follow him on Twitter at @WiensCivilBeat.

January 2018

Monday, January 22

Here’s What We Pay County Workers — Except For Cops

October 2017

Tuesday, October 31

After Kidney Cancer Treatment, Hirono Reports ‘Spots’ On Her Thyroid

August 2017

Thursday, August 31

Updated Hawaii Salary Database: Doctors And Judges Do Well, Thank You

Monday, August 14

New Hawaii Salary Database: How Much Do We Pay Our Public Servants?

July 2017

Monday, July 3

Honolulu Civil Beat Named Hawaii’s Best News Site For 7th Straight Year

May 2017

Friday, May 12

Dela Cruz Takes Over Ways And Means As Senate Shake-Up Continues

Tuesday, May 9

Photographer, Health Columnist Receive Best Of The West Journalism Awards

December 2016

Sunday, December 25

Obamas Give Their Final Christmas Greeting To Troops

Thursday, December 1

Gabbard: Stop Pipeline Now

November 2016

Monday, November 21

Where Will A New Oahu Community Correctional Center Be Built?

Friday, November 4

Join Civil Beat To Watch Tuesday’s Election Results

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Beyond Candidates: Amendments Cram Oahu’s Ballot

Wednesday, October 26

Matayoshi To Be Replaced

Monday, October 24

From Now Through Nov. 8, Every Day Is Election Day In Hawaii

Wednesday, October 12

Civil Beat Draws On Local Talent To Bring Back Cartooning

September 2016

Monday, September 12

We Had A Few Basic Questions For Candidates — Some Never Answered

August 2016

Thursday, August 25

10 Vie In CD1 Special Vote

Tuesday, August 23

Hepatitis In 2nd Flight Attendant

Monday, August 15

Update: Hepatitis Source Found

July 2016

Friday, July 22

Darby Moves On After Drenching Islands; Cleanup Begins

Monday, July 11

Here’s What Hawaii Political Candidates Want You To Know Before You Vote

June 2016

Thursday, June 30

AG: Ige Had Right To Change PUC

Wednesday, June 22

In Their Own Words: Candidates Respond To Civil Beat Surveys

Thursday, June 16

Schatz Releases Marine Reserve Plan

Wednesday, June 15

$5M For Hawaii Missile Defense

Thursday, June 9

Gabbard: No Interest In Top Party Post

Friday, June 3

Takai Endorses Hanabusa

May 2016

Tuesday, May 31

Jazz Singer Jimmy Borges Dies

Friday, May 27

New Director For UH Cancer Center

Friday, May 20

Housing Funds For Native Hawaiians

Obama Honors Hawaii’s Takai

April 2016

Friday, April 1

Retired Judge Amano To Hear TMT Case

March 2016

Thursday, March 17

Raw Sewage Leak Near Pearl Harbor

Friday, March 11

Hawaii Bans New Cesspools

February 2016

Friday, February 26

An Indescribable Week On The North Shore

Wednesday, February 17

UH’s Top 25: Deans, Researchers, Professors And The Football Coach

January 2016

Wednesday, January 6

46-Month Sentence For Albert Hee

December 2015

Saturday, December 19

The Obamas And Oahu, Together Again For The Holidays

Tuesday, December 15

Protests Pay Off: Sisters Can Remain At Saint Francis Convent

Thursday, December 3

Photos Show Plane Sunk In ’41 Attack

November 2015

Thursday, November 19

Gabbard: End Efforts To Oust Assad

Gabbard Votes To Tighten Refugee Screening

Court Rejects Bid To Stop Na’i Aupuni Vote

Wednesday, November 18

UH Cancer Center Seeks New Director

Sunday, November 15

Rail Talk Was Part Of Campaign Trip

Friday, November 13

UH Hires Carleton Ching For Land Post

Tuesday, November 10

Schatz, Hirono Praise Defense Bill

Tuesday, November 3

Takai Has Pancreatic Cancer

October 2015

Tuesday, October 13

‘Unity March’ Planned Sunday in Maui

Monday, October 12

Gabbard Promoted to Major at Punchbowl

Friday, October 9

Judge Invalidates Mauna Kea Restrictions

Tuesday, October 6

Asia-Pacific Center Renamed for Inouye

Monday, October 5

Honolulu Drivers Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Friday, October 2

Koko Crater: A Little Less Sting

Thursday, October 1

Schatz Joins Effort to Streamline Visas

September 2015

Wednesday, September 30

Online Travel Firms Owe Hawaii $53.1M

Tuesday, September 29

Feds’ Native Hawaiian Government Proposal

Tuesday, September 8

Obama Nominates Honolulu Attorney for U.S. District Court Judge

August 2015

Monday, August 31

Ignacio Weakens and Moves Farther North of Hawaii

Wednesday, August 26

Hawaii DLNR Official Has Close Connection to Virginia Shootings

Tuesday, August 25

Getting Tropically Depressed Yet? Ignacio is Next Storm in Line

Sunday, August 23

Kilo ‘Less of a Threat’ to Hawaii, But Still May Become a Hurricane

Thursday, August 13

Civil Beat a Finalist in General Excellence from Online News Association

Tuesday, August 4

Guillermo Tracking North of Hawaii, But Impacts Are Likely Wednesday, Thursday

July 2015

Saturday, July 11

Land Board Approves Restrictions on Mauna Kea Access

Thursday, July 9

Schofield Barracks to Lose 1,214 Soldiers as Part of Nationwide Military Cuts

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

Rep. Tom Brower Suffers Facial Injuries in Altercation at Homeless Camp

Tuesday, June 23

Public Comment Deadline Extended for Upgrade of Red Hill Fuel Tanks

May 2015

Friday, May 29

Homeland Security Action Should Ease Japan-Kona Flights

Thursday, May 28

Tourism Authority: Hawaii Hosting More Visitors So Far in 2015

Wednesday, May 27

Ex-City Councilman Nestor Garcia Agrees to Pay Another City Fine

Friday, May 22

Oahu Neighborhood Board Election Results Announced

Hawaii Has Suffered Highest Per Capita Losses in Recent Military Conflicts

Wednesday, May 20

Second Marine Dies as Result of Sunday Crash at Bellows

Report: Hawaii is Fourth-Best State for Senior Health

Tuesday, May 19

Audit Update: NELHA Makes Progress But Still Has Transparency Issues

Thursday, May 14

Gabbard’s Thursday: Interview with Wolf Blitzer and an Article in The Hill

Wednesday, May 13

Gabbard’s Upcoming Florida Gig Raises Eyebrows

Tuesday, May 5

Ex-Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle’s New Gig in Illinois Proves Lucrative

Monday, May 4

From Maui Mayoral Campaign to 20-Year Prison Sentence

Friday, May 1

Schatz: Police Body Cams Could Help ‘Reform Our Broken Justice System’

April 2015

Thursday, April 30

OHA Board Rescinds Support for Thirty Meter Telescope

Hawaii Dems Join Push to Raise Federal Minimum Wage

Seven Reps Break From Session’s Final Days to Raise Some Cash

Wednesday, April 29

Effort Launched to Recall Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi

Thirty Meter Telescope Protesters Hold Third Rally in Pasadena

Tuesday, April 28

Civil Beat Wins Several Awards in Best of the West Competition

Monday, April 20

Civil Beat Poll: Strong Support for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

February 2015

Friday, February 6

Legislators Want More Local Beans in Coffee That Carries the Label

Slom: President Should Act Now to Stop Dock Labor Dispute

Monday, February 2

Many Kaiser Permanente Clinics Close as Union Begins Six-Day Strike

January 2015

Wednesday, January 28

Pentagon Finally Identifies the Remains of a POW Lost Since 1942

Thursday, January 22

Ex-Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle Accepts New Job in Illinois

Wednesday, January 21

Hirono Reiterates her Opposition to Repealing the Jones Act

Takai Named to U.S. House Natural Resources Committee

Wednesday, January 7

Report Offers Statistical Snapshot of Cancer in Hawaii and Nationwide

Sunday, January 4

How Long Will National Media Keep Following Obama to Hawaii?

Saturday, January 3

First Family Flies Off for Mainland After Final Vacation Day on Oahu

November 2014

Friday, November 21

Saint Louis Grad Marcus Mariota: Simply the Best in College Football

September 2014

Friday, September 5

In Defense of Temps Who Are More Likely to Be Underpaid and Injured on the Job

August 2014

Tuesday, August 19

Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

Sunday, August 3

Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide