About Civil Beat

Honolulu Civil Beat is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt news organization dedicated to cultivating an informed body of citizens, all striving to make Hawaii a better place to live. We achieve this through investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary that gives readers a broad view on issues of importance to our community.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar launched Civil Beat in 2010 as a local digital platform that looks beyond traditional print and television media approaches. To expand our reach so that more people in Hawaii have access to the information they need, Civil Beat removed its paywall in June 2016 and transitioned to 501(c)3 nonprofit status. We are members of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a coalition of more than 400 nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S.

Civil Beat receives substantial support from Pierre and Pam Omidyar through the Omidyar Ohana Fund, a donor advised fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. We also rely on donations from individuals, foundations and businesses.

Our goal is to challenge our leaders to do better. We are the watchdogs of the public’s trust and we take seriously the mission to educate our citizens on important public issues.

We provide a number of different forums for a broad range of news, views and commentary where citizens can debate the issues in a civil manner, free from cheap shots and personal swipes. Besides publishing CivilBeat.org, we hold regular public events including Civil Cafes, Pop-Up Newsrooms and Hawaii Storytellers. Our Morning Beat newsletter is emailed to tens of thousands of subscribers. Our Facebook page and Facebook groups host robust community debate and commentary.

Our long-term goal is to produce journalism with a purpose, to stimulate positive change. We do not align with political or special interest groups and adhere to the strictest journalistic standards and ethics. Generally, we follow the guidelines set out by the Society of Professional Journalists in its ethics code as well as more general news practices outlined by the Associated Press. You can find our policy on anonymous sources here and our policy on corrections here.

We believe news is a public asset and that Civil Beat can and should be a good community partner, not just an arms-length observer recounting news of the day. We have a stake in this community as much as it has a stake in us.

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Employer Identification Number (EIN): 81-2803662

Meet Our Team

We are reporters and editors who investigate wrongdoing, spotlight important issues, challenge our leaders to do better and serve as a voice for those who feel they have none.

Our Awards

Civil Beat has won numerous national, regional and local journalism awards. CivilBeat.org has been named the best news website in Hawaii for the past nine years by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Our Events

We host monthly member coffees and pau hanas, Civil Cafe panel discussions, movie screenings and an intimate speaker series known as Hawaii Storytellers.

Our Supporters

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our small nonprofit newsroom. View our list of supporters and learn about our donor ethics guidelines.

Contact Us

We welcome your tips, comments and suggestions. Learn how to get in touch with our reporters and editors.

Community Voices

Fairness and accuracy are important in this highly popular section.

Our Corrections Policy

Transparency and truth. Those are our commitments. Our policy on how to handle corrections is central to both.

When We (Rarely) Use Anonymous Sources

We rely on anonymous sources only when we think the information is important and we couldn’t get it otherwise.

Civil Beat is supported by readers and donors who believe that news is a public asset that should be shaped and nurtured by the entire community.