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. Her writing during this period appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Hana Hou! magazine. In 2021 she moved back to Kaua’i to help expand Civil Beat’s coverage on the outer islands. 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.

New Report Reveals How The Kauai Police Chief Found Himself In Trouble For Racist Remarks Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2020

New Report Reveals How The Kauai Police Chief Found Himself In Trouble For Racist Remarks

Chief Todd Raybuck’s misguided attempt to promote a lieutenant to assistant chief led to complaints from other officers and accusations of racism.

Hawaii Has Spent Decades Priming Itself For More Wildfires Courtesy: Clay Trauernicht/2018

Hawaii Has Spent Decades Priming Itself For More Wildfires

The effects of a changing climate and a struggling agricultural sector have made conditions ripe. Experts have identified solutions but say reducing the risk requires investment.

Former Kauai Police Clerk Indicted On Theft, Fraud Charges Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Former Kauai Police Clerk Indicted On Theft, Fraud Charges

A grand jury indicted the former police clerk on charges that she stole more than $20,000 in state funds.

Ige Signs Joint Letter Asking Biden To Expedite Solar Panel Probe Courtesy: Blue Planet

Ige Signs Joint Letter Asking Biden To Expedite Solar Panel Probe

The federal investigation of allegations that China is illegally avoiding duties on solar panels sold in the U.S. is undermining the transition to renewables.

Maui County Raises Salaries In New Department Of Agriculture Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat/2021

Maui County Raises Salaries In New Department Of Agriculture

The director and deputy director wages increased to $114,000 from $90,000 and to $102,600 from $70,000, respectively. The new application deadline is May 30.

Vanishing Native Birds To Benefit From Historic Federal Aid Package Courtesy: Bret Nainoa Mossman/MFBRP

Vanishing Native Birds To Benefit From Historic Federal Aid Package

The $14 million boost for ecosystem restoration could help save imperiled Hawaiian honeycreepers.

New Data Shows No Sign Of Pandemic-Related Suicide Spike In Hawaii Getty Images

New Data Shows No Sign Of Pandemic-Related Suicide Spike In Hawaii

Meanwhile, the state is preparing for the launch of a new hotline akin to 911 for mental health support.

A Major Solar Farm Developer Is Pulling Out Of Maui And Oahu Projects Courtesy: Hawaiian Electric

A Major Solar Farm Developer Is Pulling Out Of Maui And Oahu Projects

Inflation and supply chain disruptions have made the utility-scale solar projects too costly, but the developer is hopeful it’s only a delay.

Masks Recommended Indoors On Kauai Due To ‘High’ Covid Risk, CDC Says

Masks Recommended Indoors On Kauai Due To ‘High’ Covid Risk, CDC Says

Kauai has the highest Covid-19 positivity rate in the state.