Civil Beat Staff

Brittany Lyte

Brittany Lyte is a general assignment reporter for Civil Beat who specializes in watchdog reporting, narrative storytelling and coverage of neighbor island and social issues. Prior to joining the Honolulu newsroom in March 2018, Brittany lived on the north shore of Kaua’i, where she juggled a freelance writing career while learning to surf, scuba dive, hunt wild pigs, prepare delicious ulu pancakes and perfect the soursop cocktail. Her writing during this period appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Hana Hou! magazine. Previously, she worked for Hearst Newspapers in Connecticut. An Upstate New York native, she has a degree in journalism from Boston University.

In a decade of reporting, Brittany has traveled to Russia, Poland and across the U.S., interviewing subjects ranging from the Dalai Lama to Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan. Her writing has explored a similarly vast range of topics, from the plight of an accused cannibal on the run from police to an investigation into undocumented toxic waste buried beneath suburban Connecticut homes. Her series on the latter subject earned national accolades and inspired the state legislature to adopt a new real estate disclosure law to better protect homebuyers.

In pursuit of a good story, Brittany has learned to fly an M-26 Air Wolf and chased down a suspected killer while wearing heels and a silk dress.

Preparing For Hawaii’s New Medical Aid In Dying Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Preparing For Hawaii’s New Medical Aid In Dying Law

The state estimates around 40 people will use the new law to seek medical assistance to end their lives next year.

Commuting Oahu: ‘It Takes Your Time And It Gives You Back Stress’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Commuting Oahu: ‘It Takes Your Time And It Gives You Back Stress’

Some of us live closer to our jobs than ever. But it’s taking longer to get there. And the cost in lost time, dollars and home life is heavy.

‘I Did Not Jump Off The Train’ Contributed by the Salazar family

‘I Did Not Jump Off The Train’

Recovering Amtrak passenger Aaron Salazar, who was found critically injured in a remote part of California, disputes Amtrak’s initial finding that he may have attempted suicide.

State Claims ‘Dramatic’ Improvement In Adult Home Care Oversight Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Claims ‘Dramatic’ Improvement In Adult Home Care Oversight

But in the face of a harsh audit of the program last week, some lawmakers were skeptical that there has been such a swift turnaround.

A Mom Struggles Mightily As Law Lets Son Defy Doctor’s Orders Ronen Zilberman

A Mom Struggles Mightily As Law Lets Son Defy Doctor’s Orders

The Kaneohe woman says her son’s condition has deteriorated, partly because Hawaii allows people as young as age 15 to refuse inpatient psychiatric treatment.

Free Ala Moana Clinic Opens For Young People With Psychosis Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Free Ala Moana Clinic Opens For Young People With Psychosis

OnTrack focuses on getting those with a severe mental disorder back to school or work, and helping them restore their relationships.

Hawaii Scientists Are Learning A Lot About Autism From Blind Cave Fish Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Hawaii Scientists Are Learning A Lot About Autism From Blind Cave Fish

Scientists are using the unusual fish to study how a low-carb diet helps perk up behavior in fish as well as humans.

Audit: Licensing Process For Adult Care Homes Is Seriously Flawed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Licensing Process For Adult Care Homes Is Seriously Flawed

The state agency overseeing adult care homes says it is improving its practices and there is no risk to the health or safety of the patients.

Yoga Is Helping Combat Vets Find New Strength And Peace Of Mind Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Yoga Is Helping Combat Vets Find New Strength And Peace Of Mind

Warriors at Ease is uniquely designed to accommodate service members who may suffer from PTSD and other mental and physical concerns.

Yoga Is Helping Combat Vets Find New Strength And Peace Of Mind Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Yoga Is Helping Combat Vets Find New Strength And Peace Of Mind

Warriors at Ease is uniquely designed to accommodate service members who may suffer from PTSD and other mental and physical concerns.

Kawakami Leads For Mayor On Kauai; Victorino in Maui County Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kawakami Leads For Mayor On Kauai; Victorino in Maui County

A new political era will begin on Kauai with the departure of longtime Mayor Bernard Carvalho, who is term-limited out.

Bug Love: Climate Change Could Be Making Hawaii’s Crickets Purr E. Dale Broder

Bug Love: Climate Change Could Be Making Hawaii’s Crickets Purr

The changing mating calls of the Pacific field cricket are just one example of rapid evolution, which is increasing in response to climate change.