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.

The Other Coronavirus Crisis: Escalating Mental Health Problems Getty Images

The Other Coronavirus Crisis: Escalating Mental Health Problems

Calls to crisis hotlines and hospital admissions for psychiatric problems are up as the economy unravels and many feel isolated by public health restrictions.

Kauai Wants To Reopen Churches, Zipline Tours Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai Wants To Reopen Churches, Zipline Tours

There have been no reported coronavirus infections on the Garden Isle for more than five weeks.

New Website Matches People In Need With People Who Can Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Website Matches People In Need With People Who Can Help

The digital platform Kukulu is streamlining charitable giving as the pandemic creates urgent needs.

Oahu Retailers Welcome Back Shoppers With Disinfectant And Some Doubt Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Retailers Welcome Back Shoppers With Disinfectant And Some Doubt

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.

Suicides Of 4 Young Men In A Week Raise Alarm On Kauai Flickr: Alachua County

Suicides Of 4 Young Men In A Week Raise Alarm On Kauai

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.

Antibody Testing For COVID-19 Now Available On Oahu Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Antibody Testing For COVID-19 Now Available On Oahu

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.

How A Business Venture Of Friends Became A Big Player In The Virus Response Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How A Business Venture Of Friends Became A Big Player In The Virus Response

Every1ne Hawaii used its founders’ connections to wealthy investors and local influencers to buy and distribute millions of masks.

‘I Have To Accept Reality’: First-Timers Line Up For Foodbank Help Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

‘I Have To Accept Reality’: First-Timers Line Up For Foodbank Help

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.

Free Series Explores Art As Therapy For Mental Illness

Free Series Explores Art As Therapy For Mental Illness

Up first in the month-long series is an exploration of movement as a modality for healing.

Inside Hawaii’s Ambitious Mobile Virus-Testing Operation Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Inside Hawaii’s Ambitious Mobile Virus-Testing Operation

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.

She’s Running Hawaii’s Virus Response. But Should We Trust Her? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

She’s Running Hawaii’s Virus Response. But Should We Trust Her?

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 Launches Free Mental Health Support, Art Therapy Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

NAMI Launches Free Mental Health Support, Art Therapy

NAMI Hawaii is one of the state’s leading mental health education, advocacy and support organizations.