Civil Beat was named Hawaii’s best online news site for the 12th year in a row by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Hawaii chapter when the awards were announced at an online presentation last week. has won that distinction every year since the site was launched in May 2010. Awards this year honored journalism from calendar year 2021.

The annual awards competition is judged by out-of-state journalists and includes entries from throughout Hawaii submitted by newspapers, magazines, broadcast outlets and student journalists.

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Civil Beat won best online news site for the 11th year in a row. 

You can read the full list of this year’s winners here. But here are some highlights:

In the All Media category:

The top prize every year is for public service journalism that seeks to have broad impact in a community. For 2021, that honor went to Noelle Fujii-Oride at Hawaii Business for her story, “How Honolulu’s Rail Got to $12.45 Billion and 11 Years Late.” That story also won first place for business reporting in the magazine section.

Civil Beat deputy editor Nathan Eagle took second place in public service reporting for his investigative series on the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, “On The Hook.”

Civil Beat reporters Christina Jedra and Anita Hofschneider came in third with a package of stories on the Red Hill fuel spill and unfolding contamination.

Both those projects also placed in the investigative reporting category, but first place for investigative reporting went to Nick Grube and a series of stories that examined police arbitration practices that was part of Civil Beat’s special project, “The Police Files.”

First place for government reporting went to Ian Lind and his story on “The Miske Enterprise” in Civil Beat.

Three Civil Beat columnists swept the news column writing category: Lee Cataluna, first place; Denby Fawcett, second place; Neal Milner, third place.

Civil Beat political cartoonist John Pritchett won all three places for editorial cartoon.

First place in breaking news reporting went to the Maui News for “Haiku Storm” and Hawaii News Now won the health reporting category for a piece on Hawaii’s evolving drug crisis.

In Online Media:

Civil Beat reporter Cassie Ordonio took first place for feature reporting for a story that included tagging along with Honolulu paramedics during the pandemic.

Online news reporting’s first place award went to Civil Beat’s Kevin Dayton for a story on the state’s continuing secrecy about prisoners who die in Hawaii’s jails and prisons.

Best multimedia presentation went to Hawaii News Now for a story on declining fertility rates.

The award for the best “1-Person” online site or blog went to “Life’s Swell” by Malika Dudley.

There are many more awards listed here.

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