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.

Volunteers Needed For Free Kupuna Delivery Service

Volunteers Needed For Free Kupuna Delivery Service

With COVID-19 cases holding steady, a statewide delivery service needs more volunteers to deliver food, medications to kupuna.

This Kauai Businessman Can Scrape By For A Few Months, But Then Something Has To Change Courtesy: Kit Furderer

This Kauai Businessman Can Scrape By For A Few Months, But Then Something Has To Change

Kit Furderer used to bring in six figures a year. Now he’s living on $500 a week in federal assistance.

‘We’re In A Really Tough Place Right Now’: Can Hawaii’s New Health Director Make A Difference? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘We’re In A Really Tough Place Right Now’: Can Hawaii’s New Health Director Make A Difference?

Dr. Libby Char has directed some of the largest emergency agencies in the state. Her supporters say she offers a badly needed collaborative approach to leadership.

This Kauai Tour Guide Now Offers Quarantine Delivery Service Courtesy: Maria "Maria Coco" Camero

This Kauai Tour Guide Now Offers Quarantine Delivery Service

Even when the state reopens to tourism in mid-October, Maria “Coco Maria” Camero said she won’t be able to pick up where she left off with her successful tour guiding business. For now, she’s catering to the needs of quarantined residents and visitors.

Coronavirus Relief Funds Are Helping These Workers Train For New Careers Courtesy: Vimal Singh

Coronavirus Relief Funds Are Helping These Workers Train For New Careers

More than 300 people applied for 24 openings in a job training program for Kauai residents who lost work due to the coronavirus.

Hawaii Has A Plan To Restart Tourism Safely. Will It Work? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Has A Plan To Restart Tourism Safely. Will It Work?

The state’s pre-travel testing program is set to launch next month, but other destinations with similar programs have struggled to keep COVID-19 cases from spiking.

Airlines Are Racing To Offer COVID-19 Testing To Hawaii-Bound Passengers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Airlines Are Racing To Offer COVID-19 Testing To Hawaii-Bound Passengers

United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines both plan to offer coronavirus tests to passengers on select routes, but the state says it won’t accept at least one of the options from United.

Will Hawaii Have A Pre-Travel Testing Program For Interisland Travel? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Will Hawaii Have A Pre-Travel Testing Program For Interisland Travel?

County mayors may decide to implement a pre-travel test requirement for people traveling between islands.

Hawaii Has A New COVID-19 Response Team. Will It Make A Difference? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Has A New COVID-19 Response Team. Will It Make A Difference?

Decisions about programs and policies to combat the virus are happening faster under a newly restructured leadership team.