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.
For more than a decade, artificial lighting on the grounds of the Grand Wailea Resort has been causing endangered seabirds to fall from the sky, a pair of conservation groups says.
A bill that would foil the planned luxury campground on a Princeville golf course got the green light from county planning commissioners.
A five-minute video on the do’s and don’ts of visiting Hawaii will play prior to landing on trans-Pacific flights.
Feral cats and off-leash dogs are killing wedge-tailed shearwaters at Kauai’s Makahuena Point. Efforts to stop the carnage so far haven’t worked.
Kauai Prosecutor Justin Kollar, who steered the county’s criminal legal system away from mass incarceration, is resigning later this month.
Paul Applegate alleges he was passed over for a promotion because of his race — a claim that was found to be unsubstantiated.
The Maui state health officer explains why he believes it’s important for doctors to explore all possible treatments for the rapidly spreading Covid-19.
State lawmakers called on Gov. David Ige and the Department of Health to fire Dr. Lorrin Pang after he was quoted recommending the use of controversial drugs.