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.

People In Hawaii Are Struggling. The Nonprofits That Help Them Are Too Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

People In Hawaii Are Struggling. The Nonprofits That Help Them Are Too

The pandemic will force some nonprofits to close. Others will have to change and adapt to survive.

Kauai, Maui Councils: Incumbents Are Poised To Advance To General Election Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai, Maui Councils: Incumbents Are Poised To Advance To General Election

Former Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho garnered enough votes to move on to the November election.

Nonprofits Get $700,000 To Bolster Native Hawaiian Food Security Uplift Hawaii

Nonprofits Get $700,000 To Bolster Native Hawaiian Food Security

The money will fund projects that perpetuate sustainable farming practices, expand production of traditional Hawaiian crops and distribute food to vulnerable populations.

State Expands Crisis Hotline Getty Images/iStockphoto

State Expands Crisis Hotline

Hawaii CARES hotline now offers around-the-clock access to mental health resources, substance abuse treatment services and crisis support.

State Health Director Warns Coronavirus Is Widespread On Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Health Director Warns Coronavirus Is Widespread On Oahu

The governor says more needs to be done to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in Hawaii, but did not announce any new actions on Monday.

Kauai State Park Closed Indefinitely Courtesy: Lesley Macpherson/DLNR

Kauai State Park Closed Indefinitely

State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell said more state parks could face closure as the agency struggles to enforce park rules during the pandemic.

Homelessness, Housing Are Top Issues In District 3 Council Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Homelessness, Housing Are Top Issues In District 3 Council Race

The diverse pool of candidates includes those with backgrounds in management, education, government, construction and activism.

Race For Open Leeward Council Seat Focuses On Cost Of Living, City Services John Pritchett/Civil Beat

Race For Open Leeward Council Seat Focuses On Cost Of Living, City Services

Former state Rep. Andria Tupola has a huge financial advantage over a trio of first-time council candidates running to disrupt politics-as-usual in District 1.

Kauai Back To Five-Day Work Week Courtesy of Léo Azambuja

Kauai Back To Five-Day Work Week

The county shifted to a four-day, 10-hour work week in May to minimize the spread of COVID-19.