Columnist

Brett Oppegaard

Reader Rep: When Anonymous Sourcing Is Practically Encouraged

Reader Rep: When Anonymous Sourcing Is Practically Encouraged

Why does Hawaii News Now make it so easy for its sources to hide behind a veil of secrecy?

Reader Rep: If You’re Aware Of Public Corruption, Speak Up Now

Reader Rep: If You’re Aware Of Public Corruption, Speak Up Now

Our local institutions need whistleblowers to act — like calling a reporter — for the public’s sake.

Reader Rep: Big Questions About Hawaiian ‘Princess’ Coverage

Reader Rep: Big Questions About Hawaiian ‘Princess’ Coverage

Is the media telling you the real story of Abigail Kawananakoa or a fawning fairy tale?

Reader Rep: Here’s How The Media Can Start To Win Back Public Trust

Reader Rep: Here’s How The Media Can Start To Win Back Public Trust

As they’re demonized by Trump, journalists are regaining public confidence. It’s the perfect time to be more transparent.

Reader Rep: Reporters Are Ignoring Trouble At The Honolulu Zoo

Reader Rep: Reporters Are Ignoring Trouble At The Honolulu Zoo

Taxpayers are shoveling more money in, but directors keep leaving. Why isn’t anyone covering it?

Reader Rep: When Journalists Join The Sales Team, Credibility Suffers

Reader Rep: When Journalists Join The Sales Team, Credibility Suffers

Even KITV’s news director acknowledged ethical concerns about having the station’s journalists take part in sponsored cruises.

Reader Rep: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth From The HPD?

Reader Rep: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth From The HPD?

We spend $275 million annually on the Honolulu Police Department. We have every right to demand transparency.

Reader Rep: Dig Deeper Into Peter Apo’s Misdeeds

Reader Rep: Dig Deeper Into Peter Apo’s Misdeeds

Civil Beat also owes its readers more transparency about why the OHA trustee is no longer a columnist at the news organization.

Reader Rep: Restaurant Food Safety Isn’t Getting Enough Media Attention

Reader Rep: Restaurant Food Safety Isn’t Getting Enough Media Attention

An underwhelming new training requirement was practically ignored. Oh for the good old days when a video of rats in a market caused an uproar.

Reader Rep: Deceptiveness and Secrecy Mark Honolulu Rail Project

Reader Rep: Deceptiveness and Secrecy Mark Honolulu Rail Project

Journalists need to continue demanding accountability and transparency from public officials responsible for the mismanaged, over-budget project.

Reader Rep: Hawaii Media Would Be Weaker Without Student Paper

Reader Rep: Hawaii Media Would Be Weaker Without Student Paper

UH’s struggling Ka Leo is worth saving, in part because it’s an essential training ground for local journalists.

Reader Rep: Time To Cut The Rhetoric And Use Words Wisely

Reader Rep: Time To Cut The Rhetoric And Use Words Wisely

Media messages help to build, shape and distort our reality, often through word choices.