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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.
Calls to crisis hotlines and hospital admissions for psychiatric problems are up as the economy unravels and many feel isolated by public health restrictions.
The digital platform Kukulu is streamlining charitable giving as the pandemic creates urgent needs.
Most retail businesses at Ala Moana were open Friday. But Chinatown was a different story, with most shops shuttered as retailers took a wait-and-see approach.
On Kauai, suicide is an old problem. But it’s gaining new urgency as the island grapples with a spate of tragic deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.
Honolulu County officials have endorsed drive-thru testing for COVID-19 antibodies. This new blood test checks for evidence of previous infection from the COVID-19 virus.
Every1ne Hawaii used its founders’ connections to wealthy investors and local influencers to buy and distribute millions of masks.
About 4,000 people waited in line more than four hours for desperately needed food. People lined up early because they feared the Hawaii Foodbank would run out and have to turn people away.
Up first in the month-long series is an exploration of movement as a modality for healing.
Dozens of health care workers, many of them volunteers, have been traveling all over the state to test as many people as possible. Next up: homeless camps.
Here’s a deeper look at State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, why she’s made certain decisions and why some medical professionals think she’s wrong.
NAMI Hawaii is one of the state’s leading mental health education, advocacy and support organizations.