Honolulu Civil Beat has been named the Best Overall News Site in Hawaii for the 10th year in a row by the Hawaii chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
We’ve won the award every year since we launched in 2010. Pacific Business News came in second this year, and HawaiiNewsNow.com took third.
A series of investigative stories by Civil Beat Investigations Editor John Hill won the competition’s top prize for public service reporting. The stories were part of an ongoing series, “Black Market Babies,” and looked at how attorneys in Hawaii and other states were fueling a lucrative adoption market for babies from the Marshall Islands. One attorney, Arizona’s Paul Petersen, pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges related to the adoption scheme.
Second place for public service went to Mahealani Richardson and Davis Pitner of Hawaii News Now for “The Calling — Mauna Kea.”
The Civil Beat series, “Tourism’s Tipping Point,” by Brittany Lyte and Stewart Yerton, was awarded third place for public service reporting.
Civil Beat took home 28 awards this year in the local journalism competition, the 2019 Excellence in Journalism Awards. The contest was judged by the Louisville, Kentucky, chapter of the SPJ.
Patti Epler is the Editor and General Manager of Civil Beat. She's been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, primarily in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington and Arizona. You can follow her on twitter at @PattiEpler, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 808-377-0561.