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.

Coping With Coronavirus Stress: NAMI Offers Free Online Workshop Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Coping With Coronavirus Stress: NAMI Offers Free Online Workshop

Learn positive coping skills and connect with other Hawaii residents who are feeling stressed out during the coronavirus outbreak.

Hawaii Census Response Lags As Coronavirus Disrupts Data Collection Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hawaii Census Response Lags As Coronavirus Disrupts Data Collection

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the Census Bureau to add delays and extensions to its schedule for data collection and field work.

Stressed Out? Hawaii Crisis Line Offers Support During Coronavirus Outbreak Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Stressed Out? Hawaii Crisis Line Offers Support During Coronavirus Outbreak

If the COVID-19 outbreak is taking a toll on your emotional wellbeing, you’re not alone. Here are some resources where you can find help and support.

Coronavirus Is Spiking Levels Of Anxiety, Panic And Stress Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Coronavirus Is Spiking Levels Of Anxiety, Panic And Stress

Mental health professionals are increasing doses or seeing patients more often. People with no history of psychiatric symptoms are also struggling.

Coronavirus Could Send The Cost Of Your Prescription Drug Soaring Flicker.com

Coronavirus Could Send The Cost Of Your Prescription Drug Soaring

Some drugs that have been touted — but not tested — for their potential to help COVID-19 patients are becoming more expensive.

Last Of Its Kind: This Small Neighborhood Market Is Still A Big Part Of Life On Kauai Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Last Of Its Kind: This Small Neighborhood Market Is Still A Big Part Of Life On Kauai

Kauai’s last mom and pop market is fighting to stay in business and nurture a new breed of local entrepreneurs.

How The Faithful Took It Upon Themselves To Save This Unique Painted Church Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

How The Faithful Took It Upon Themselves To Save This Unique Painted Church

Lava took a heavy toll on this Big Island congregation and almost destroyed the church. Now the problem is how to pay for its upkeep.

DOJ Prosecutors: Kauai Councilman Led Meth Ring With Samoan Prison Gang Ku'u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

DOJ Prosecutors: Kauai Councilman Led Meth Ring With Samoan Prison Gang

Updated. Weapons violations were among the charges against Arthur Brun and 11 others. Brun pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon in Honolulu.

New Director Joins Hawaii’s Top Mental Health Advocacy Group Contributed by Mental Health America of Hawaii

New Director Joins Hawaii’s Top Mental Health Advocacy Group

Bryan Talisayan hails from Waianae and brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience to the top job at Mental Health America of Hawaii.

Hanapepe: ‘This Is The Town That Keeps Refusing To Die’ Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Hanapepe: ‘This Is The Town That Keeps Refusing To Die’

The Kauai town has its flash points, but a shared sense of pride continues to hold this community together.

Hawaii Lawmakers Work To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Work To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail

Mental health advocates, state officials, police and lawmakers have been working together to come up with better ways to get treatment for non-violent offenders.

How These Makaha Neighbors Saved A County Park From Crime And Weeds Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

How These Makaha Neighbors Saved A County Park From Crime And Weeds

When police and social services agencies couldn’t help, this small band of neighbors took matters into their own hands. And it worked.