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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.

Changing Demographics In Ewa’s House District 41 Could Make For A Close Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Changing Demographics In Ewa’s House District 41 Could Make For A Close Race

Gridlocked traffic, overpacked schools — Ewa’s days as a sleepy sugarcane town are far behind it.

It’s Tough To Win An Election As An Independent Candidate In Hawaii Kalany Omengkar/Civil Beat

It’s Tough To Win An Election As An Independent Candidate In Hawaii

This year, two nonpartisan candidates in partisan races have advanced to the general election. They’re approaching it with different expectations.

2022 Elections: There’s A Bumper Crop Of Republicans This Year Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat/2016

2022 Elections: There’s A Bumper Crop Of Republicans This Year

The Hawaii GOP has fielded more than 70 candidates for office this year, more than double the last election.

Hawaiian Electric: Prices Poised To Drop For Four Islands Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Hawaiian Electric: Prices Poised To Drop For Four Islands

The company, which serves about 95% of Hawaii residents, announced this after a months-long period of sustained highs.

Navy Wastewater Bypasses Portion of Pearl Harbor Filtration System Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Navy Wastewater Bypasses Portion of Pearl Harbor Filtration System

About 300,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater were released into the sea from the Wastewater Treatment Plant at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Honolulu Prosecutor Will Not Charge Officers Who Killed Man At Kapolei Gas Station Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Honolulu Prosecutor Will Not Charge Officers Who Killed Man At Kapolei Gas Station

After a lengthy review of the case, Prosecutor Steve Alm determined the use of deadly force was necessary.

Hawaii’s Top Campaign Contributor Is Backing Republicans This Election Cycle Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat/2019

Hawaii’s Top Campaign Contributor Is Backing Republicans This Election Cycle

The GOP saw an uptick in donations as well as stronger voter turnout in the Aug. 13 primary election.

The Number Of Ballots Cast Was Down This Year Ku‘u Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

The Number Of Ballots Cast Was Down This Year

Despite mail-in voting again this election, turnout fell off from the last election which featured a presidential race.