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Ben Angarone

Ben Angarone is a reporter intern for Civil Beat. He recently earned a master’s degree at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, focusing on politics and writing his magazine-length thesis on a virtual cryptocurrency community.

This summer, Ben will write about Hawaii’s elections.

Ben was born in New Jersey and earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton. He bounced between different STEM majors before landing on politics, and decided to pursue journalism senior year during a covid-driven virtual semester. Ben wrote feature stories for the Daily Princetonian, chronicling how communities adjusted to the pandemic.

In college, Ben led backpacking orientation trips along the East Coast, bringing unsuspecting frosh face-to-face with bears, rocky inclines and cheesy campfire songs. His eternal fun fact is that he used to operate rollercoasters at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Voter Turnout For Hawaii General Election Plateaus At 48% Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

Voter Turnout For Hawaii General Election Plateaus At 48%

It’s the lowest general election turnout in the state’s history.

Hawaii’s Voter Turnout Plunged In 2022 Election Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii’s Voter Turnout Plunged In 2022 Election

Many voters waited in long lines to vote in person on Election Day but turnout still only reached 41%, according to results as of late Tuesday.

Two Socially Conservative Candidates Vie To Represent Kapolei’s HD42 Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Two Socially Conservative Candidates Vie To Represent Kapolei’s HD42

In West Oahu, longtime Democratic Rep. Sharon Har faces Republican Party Vice Chair Diamond Garcia in perhaps her toughest competition yet.

Voting Is Solidly Underway In Hawaii As General Election Approaches Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Voting Is Solidly Underway In Hawaii As General Election Approaches

Volunteers and elections officials are already getting started organizing and securing ballots at the State Capitol.

North Shore House Race Emphasizes Local Fixes For The Area’s Problems Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat/2020

North Shore House Race Emphasizes Local Fixes For The Area’s Problems

All politics is local in House District 47, where roads like Kamehameha Highway are crucial but not always reliable modes of transportation.

A Glitch In Hawaii’s New Ballot-Tracking System Catches Big Island Voters By Surprise Hawaii Democratic Party

A Glitch In Hawaii’s New Ballot-Tracking System Catches Big Island Voters By Surprise

County officials fixed the problem within an hour but many voters were left wondering if they could trust the tracking system.

The Race To Represent Mililani In The House Pits A Republican Incumbent Against A Democrat Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

The Race To Represent Mililani In The House Pits A Republican Incumbent Against A Democrat

Both candidates say the need for more affordable housing is a top priority, but they have different ideas about how to accomplish that.

Is Honolulu Council Chair Tommy Waters ‘Unbeatable’? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Is Honolulu Council Chair Tommy Waters ‘Unbeatable’?

Waters promises to continue his focus on providing more affordable housing on Oahu. But homelessness has worsened in his district.