Civil Beat Staff

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.

North Shore Paddlers’ Long-Awaited Canoe Halau Gets Underway David Croxford/CivilBeat/2022

North Shore Paddlers’ Long-Awaited Canoe Halau Gets Underway

A decade after they received city funding, North Shore participants in Hawaii’s oldest sport are still waiting for a facility.
From A Sleepy Surf Shop To A Muckraking Mag: One Woman’s North Shore Odyssey Ben Angarone/Civil Beat/2022

From A Sleepy Surf Shop To A Muckraking Mag: One Woman’s North Shore Odyssey

Longtime resident Karen Gallagher, who once owned a legendary surf shop at Sunset Beach, brings an old school mindset to her entrepreneurial pursuits.
Report: Pandemic Has Driven More Families Below The Poverty Line In Hawaii Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Report: Pandemic Has Driven More Families Below The Poverty Line In Hawaii

Many households are increasingly vulnerable to falling further down the financial ladder.
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.