Civil Beat Staff

April Estrellon

April Estrellon is Civil Beat’s multimedia producer, creating audio, video and graphics for the website. She also produces Civil Beat’s award winning Offshore podcast as well as weekly episodes of Pod Squad.

April has degrees in journalism and anthropology from the University of Hawaii Manoa. Her interests include history and cultural studies of Asia and the Pacific and storytelling through new media.

April is often glued to her headphones, but you can get her attention by emailing her at

December 2018

Monday, December 10

Pod Squad: Honolulu Rail CEO Promises Passenger Service In 2020

November 2018

Monday, November 26

Pod Squad: Meet Hawaii’s New GOP State Rep

Monday, November 19

Pod Squad: Have You Tried A Biki Yet?

Tuesday, November 13

Pod Squad: To Build A Better Hawaii

October 2018

Monday, October 29

Pod Squad: Hawaii Democratic Leader Talks About ‘Healing The Party’

Friday, October 26

VIDEO: 9 Questions For David Ige And Andria Tupola

Tuesday, October 23

Hawaii Civics 101: What’s A ConCon?

Monday, October 1

Pod Squad: Teachers Union Leader Makes Case For ConAm

September 2018

Monday, September 17

Pod Squad: Gene Ward On ‘Broken Promises’ For Hawaiians

Monday, September 10

Pod Squad: Why We Should Stop Punishing Drug Users

August 2018

Friday, August 31

Pod Squad: House Speaker Talks About Disaster Relief For Counties

Monday, August 20

Hawaii Civics 101: Neighborhood Boards

July 2018

Monday, July 30

Hawaii Civics 101: Independent Candidates

Pod Squad: Why Ed Case Wants To Go Back To DC

Friday, July 27

VIDEO: Hey It’s Shark Week — And Here’s The Shark’s View Of Things

Monday, July 23

Pod Squad: Why Kim Coco Iwamoto Is Running For LG

Friday, July 6

Hawaii Civics 101: Lieutenant Governor

June 2018

Wednesday, June 27

New! Hawaii Civics 101: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

On Campus: Here’s What Happens When Kids Do The Podcast

May 2018

Monday, May 28

On Campus: A Culture of Collaboration

Monday, May 7

Pod Squad: What’s Next For Medical Aid In Dying?

April 2018

Monday, April 16

Pod Squad: Ravi Shankar Talks Peace And Happiness In Honolulu

March 2018

Tuesday, March 27

Pod Squad: AARP’s National President Backs A Retirement Savings Board

Monday, March 19

Pod Squad: Getting Guns Out Of The Wrong Hands

Monday, March 5

Pod Squad: Rep. John Mizuno Calls Medical Aid In Dying A ‘Civil Right’

February 2018

Monday, February 26

Pod Squad: Henk Rogers Makes The Case For The Thirty Meter Telescope

Tuesday, February 20

Pod Squad: Kauai Mayor Carvalho — Politician, Musician, LG?

Monday, February 12

Pod Squad: Why Republican Andria Tupola Wants To Be Governor

Monday, February 5

Pod Squad: Changes Ahead For Public Education TV Channels

January 2018

Monday, January 29

Pod Squad: Blue Planet’s Agenda For Legislature And Beyond

Tuesday, January 16

Pod Squad: Why Doug Chin Wants To Be Our Congressman

December 2017

Tuesday, December 26

Pod Squad: A Chat With Marcel Honore, Civil Beat’s Newest Reporter

Monday, December 18

Pod Squad: Ernie Martin Talks About His Candidacy For Congress

Monday, December 11

Pod Squad: A Life Changing Trip To Papahanaumokuakea

Monday, December 4

Pod Squad: Why This Democrat Is Challenging A Popular Congresswoman

November 2017

Thursday, November 30

Episode 4: The Four Hales

Monday, November 27

Pod Squad: Maile Luuwai Is A ‘Frustrated Voter’ Running For LG

Monday, November 20

Pod Squad: Kaniela Ing Explains Why He Is Running For Congress

Monday, November 13

Pod Squad: Sen Donna Mercado Kim Talks About A New Bid For Congress

Monday, November 6

Pod Squad: How To Get Help With Health Care

October 2017

Monday, October 30

Episode 2: Getting Ready

Pod Squad: Author Randy Roth On Why ‘Broken Trust’ Is Now Free To Read

Monday, October 23

Pod Squad: Dan Akaka Talks About His Hopes For Hawaii

Thursday, October 5

On Campus: We’re Taking A Fresh Look At Education In Hawaii

September 2017

Monday, September 25

Pod Squad: Don Guzman Talks About Why He Wants To Be Maui Mayor

Monday, September 18

Pod Squad: Josh Green Makes His Case To Be LG

Monday, September 11

Pod Squad: Why Will Espero Wants To Be Our LG

August 2017

Monday, August 28

Pod Squad: Mazie Hirono Makes Her Case For Re-Election

Tuesday, August 22

Pod Squad: A Chance To See Two Acclaimed Climate Change Documentaries

Monday, August 14

Pod Squad: Talking Story With Colleen Hanabusa

Tuesday, August 8

Pod Squad: Tim Vandeveer Still A Bernie Backer In Age Of Trump

July 2017

Monday, July 31

Pod Squad: Bob McDermott Tells Us Why He Wants To Be Governor

Monday, July 10

Pod Squad: Sen Glenn Wakai Talks About His Outreach To Micronesia

Wednesday, July 5

Pod Squad: A Chat With ACLU Hawaii’s Very Busy Executive Director

June 2017

Monday, June 26

Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s New Education and Business Reporters

Monday, June 19

Pod Squad: A Conversation With Gov. David Ige

May 2017

Tuesday, May 30

Pod Squad: A Chat With Civil Beat’s New Managing Editor

Monday, May 22

Pod Squad: Rising Up Against Islamophobia

April 2017

Monday, April 10

Pod Squad: Meet The New Leader Of Oahu Republicans

March 2017

Tuesday, March 28

Pod Squad: The Voice Behind The Offshore Podcast

Monday, March 13

Pod Squad: Ex-Gov John Waihee On Today’s Political Scene

Monday, March 6

Pod Squad: Politics And Judges, Hawaiian Style

February 2017

Monday, February 27

Pod Squad: Talking With Pulitzer Prize Winner Sacha Pfeiffer

Tuesday, February 21

Pod Squad: Debate Over Honolulu Rail Rolls Into Capitol Auditorium

January 2017

Monday, January 30

Pod Squad: Hawaii’s GOP Legislators Still Have Something to Say

Monday, January 23

Pod Squad: Meet OHA’s Newest Trustee

Tuesday, January 17

Pod Squad: Defending Women’s Rights As Trump Takes Over

Tuesday, January 3

Pod Squad: Nine Years of Staking Out Obama

December 2016

Tuesday, December 27

Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s DC Reporter

Monday, December 19

Pod Squad: How Trump Won And What Comes Next For Journalism

Monday, December 12

Pod Squad: From Hawaii To Standing Rock And Back

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Pod Squad: ‘No Room In Paradise’

Monday, October 24

Pod Squad: Nonprofit News Sites Join Forces

Monday, October 17

Pod Squad: Hawaii Public Radio Looks To Extend Its Reach

Monday, October 10

Pod Squad: What’s Up With The Lack of Mayoral Debates?

September 2016

Monday, September 12

Pod Squad: Capitol Debate Series Takes On Pesticides

August 2016

Monday, August 29

Pod Squad: Race And Ethnicity In Hawaii Politics

Monday, August 15

Pod Squad: Hawaii’s News Business Takes Its Licks From The Reader Rep

Monday, August 8

Pod Squad: One More Week To Go In Mayoral Primary

Friday, August 5

Pod Squad: Tim Garry Wants To Upgrade Permitting And Lifeguard Services

Monday, August 1

Pod Squad: Hard Life Experiences Teach You To Move Forward

July 2016

Monday, July 25

Pod Squad: ‘It’s Time For A Political Outsider’

Thursday, July 14

Pod Squad: First He Got Frustrated, Then He Got In The Race For Mayor

Monday, July 11

Pod Squad: The Making Of ‘Electric Dreams’

Tuesday, July 5

Pod Squad: Is Mayor Kirk Caldwell In Trouble?

June 2016

Monday, June 13

Pod Squad: Taking Down That ‘Pesky Paywall’

Monday, June 6

Pod Squad: Why Does It Take So Long To Get A Bill Passed?

May 2016

Monday, May 23

Pod Squad: Unveiling A New Civil Beat Podcasting Project

Monday, May 16

Pod Squad: Will 2017 Be The Breakthrough Year For Medical Aid in Dying?

Monday, May 9

Pod Squad: A Little A&B Sugar With That Coffee, Mr. Speaker?

April 2016

Monday, April 25

Pod Squad: This Story On Teaching In Hawaii Has Gone Viral. What Gives?

Monday, April 18

Pod Squad: Will We Ever Bring Our Inmates Home From Arizona?

Monday, April 4

Pod Squad: Uber-Taxi Legislative Battle Is Also A Culture Clash

March 2016

Monday, March 21

Pod Squad: Who’s The Best Democratic Presidential Candidate?

Monday, March 7

Pod Squad: Donald Trump And The Hawaii GOP

February 2016

Monday, February 29

Pod Squad: Trump’s Appeal In The Aloha State

Monday, February 22

Pod Squad: A Quick Trip To The Heart Of The Dengue Outbreak

Monday, February 15

Pod Squad: The People Need A Stronger Voice In Hawaii Policy

January 2016

Monday, January 11

Pod Squad: Why Are So Many Tourists Dying In Hawaii?

Monday, January 4

Pod Squad: ‘LGBT Tourism Has Been Reborn’

December 2015

Monday, December 21

Pod Squad: What Grade Would You Give The Governor?

Monday, December 14

Pod Squad: Kauai Police Chief — Body Cam Effort Has Been ‘Difficult’

Monday, December 7

Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s New Engagement Editor

November 2015

Monday, November 2

Pod Squad: Are Honolulu Police Overreacting In Some Situations?

October 2015

Tuesday, October 20

Pod Squad: The Legal Issues of Hawaii’s Medi-Pot Industry

Monday, October 12

Pod Squad: A Well-Traveled Journalist Lands in Honolulu

Monday, October 5

Pod Squad: Who’s More Local? The Discussion Has Just Begun

September 2015

Monday, September 28

Pod Squad: ACLU Says It’s on ‘Solid’ Legal Footing in Fighting Sweeps

Sunday, September 13

Pod Squad: Rep. Chris Lee Explains Why He’s Against the NextEra Deal

Tuesday, September 8

Pod Squad: Straight Talk With NextEra Energy Execs

August 2015

Monday, August 24

Pod Squad: Expanding Hawaii State Hospital ‘Long Overdue’

Monday, August 17

Pod Squad: Talking Medi-Pot With a Potential Dispensary Operator

Monday, August 10

Pod Squad: The TMT Battle and the Native Hawaiian Leadership Void

Monday, August 3

Pod Squad: Looking Behind the ‘Facade’ at Vacant Public Housing

July 2015

Monday, July 27

Pod Squad: ‘Down-and-Dirty History of Planning’ in Honolulu

Monday, July 20

Pod Squad: The Battle Over Maunalua Bay

Monday, July 13

Pod Squad: We Can Do Something About High Home Prices and Rents

Monday, July 6

Pod Squad: Hawaii Needs An Interisland Ferry System

June 2015

Monday, June 29

Pod Squad: Why Public Review of Police Action Is Important

Monday, June 22

Pod Squad: He’s Glad He Left Hawaii for New Life in Panama

Monday, June 15

Pod Squad: Nestor Garcia and Why Media Ethics Are Important

Monday, June 8

Pod Squad: Wow, Election Season Already?

Monday, June 1

Pod Squad: What’s Next for Mauna Kea?

May 2015

Monday, May 18

Pod Squad: Who Is New Senate President Ron Kouchi?

October 2014

Monday, October 20

Pod Squad on Saving Kahoolawe