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Ben Angarone

Ben Angarone is a reporting 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.

4 Days Before The Primary, More Than 186,000 Hawaii Voters Have Already Turned In Their Ballots Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

4 Days Before The Primary, More Than 186,000 Hawaii Voters Have Already Turned In Their Ballots

Even with the pandemic receding, Hawaii voters have embraced the state’s mail-in voting system, with only 1% of early voters casting their ballots in-person at voter service centers.

Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office Won’t Charge SWAT Officer Who Killed Kakaako Man Hawaii News Now

Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office Won’t Charge SWAT Officer Who Killed Kakaako Man

The department concluded that officers last year did everything they could to de-escalate a tense barricade situation.

Waianae House Race Highlights The Democratic Party’s Power In Hawaii Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2021

Waianae House Race Highlights The Democratic Party’s Power In Hawaii

Cedric Gates won his 2016 primary by a technical fluke. Jo Jordan, the incumbent he knocked out, still isn’t over it.

Can The Dems Finally Take Ewa Beach Away From The GOP? Curt Sanburn/2015

Can The Dems Finally Take Ewa Beach Away From The GOP?

In deep purple Ewa Beach, Democratic candidates are hard to distinguish from their Republican counterparts. 

Scott Saiki Rakes In Money From Well-Known Donors In House District 25 Race Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2020

Scott Saiki Rakes In Money From Well-Known Donors In House District 25 Race

The House Speaker raised far more money than challenger Kim Coco Iwamoto, collecting donations from many business and political leaders.

Kai Kahele Won’t Be Able To Get Public Funding For Governor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Kai Kahele Won’t Be Able To Get Public Funding For Governor’s Race

After failing to submit a required document when he filed for election, Kahele will miss out on over $200,000 of public funding this primary cycle.

Hawaii Redistricting Pits Like-Minded Friends Against Each Other Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Redistricting Pits Like-Minded Friends Against Each Other

After a decade serving neighboring House districts, Gregg Takayama and Roy Takumi vie for their new shared seat.

Ige Signs Minimum Wage Increase, Tax Refund Bills Into Law Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

Ige Signs Minimum Wage Increase, Tax Refund Bills Into Law

The wage will increase to $18 by 2028, while many Hawaii taxpayers will get one-time checks for $300.

Economy And Housing Are Center Stage In Hot Oahu Senate Race

Economy And Housing Are Center Stage In Hot Oahu Senate Race

Carol Fukunaga hopes to defeat upstart Ian Ross in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Senate District 11.