Civil Beat Staff

April Estrellon

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

April has degrees in journalism and anthropology from the University of Hawaii Manoa. She once had dreams of being an archaeologist, but soon realized that it’s nothing like Indiana Jones and that she prefers telling stories to digging and lab work.

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

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?