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.

Oahu’s Annual Homeless Count Gets Digital Upgrade Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat

Oahu’s Annual Homeless Count Gets Digital Upgrade

New technology will aid volunteers in mapping the locations of the island’s homeless population.

March Sentencing Set For Kealohas And Their Co-Conspirators Cory Lum/Civil Beat

March Sentencing Set For Kealohas And Their Co-Conspirators

In December, a federal judge is expected to decide whether Katherine Kealoha’s sentencing should be based on sentencing guidelines for deprivation of civil rights or obstruction of justice.

Diversion Program For The Homeless Finds Measured Success Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Diversion Program For The Homeless Finds Measured Success

Three dozen participants in Honolulu’s fledgling Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program reduced their emergency room visits, interactions with police and nights spent unsheltered.

Kauai Councilman Arrested For Assault Of Cop Kauai County

Kauai Councilman Arrested For Assault Of Cop

Councilman Arthur Brun is charged with first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.

How Honolulu Police Handled A Mental Health Crisis At Center Of Lawsuit Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

How Honolulu Police Handled A Mental Health Crisis At Center Of Lawsuit

The family of Steven Hyer Jr. says police should have utilized a trained mental health negotiator rather than escalating to the point where Hyer was shot and killed.

Honolulu’s First ‘Climathon’ Tackles The Challenges Of Green Tourism Brittany Lyte

Honolulu’s First ‘Climathon’ Tackles The Challenges Of Green Tourism

The winners of the hackathon proposed giving beach toys a second life as a way to reduce visitors’ environmental footprint.

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii

A growing number of tourism hot spots, ranging from Mallorca to Bhutan to New Zealand, are imposing new taxes and fees on visitors.

‘They’re Super Cute’: How One Scientist Is Saving Weird Bugs From Extinction DLNR

‘They’re Super Cute’: How One Scientist Is Saving Weird Bugs From Extinction

Will Haines is intent on protecting the endangered damselfly from frogs, fish and other predators.

How Music Fuels The Mauna Kea Protests Contributed by Punahele Kutzen

How Music Fuels The Mauna Kea Protests

Original music, along with art and protest iconography, is galvanizing support for the anti-TMT movement in Hawaii and around the globe.

Homeless Advocates Test Hawaii’s New Forced-Treatment Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Homeless Advocates Test Hawaii’s New Forced-Treatment Law

Some 30% of Hawaii’s homeless suffer from a serious mental illness.

Kauai County Buys 400 Acres In Waimea Kauai County

Kauai County Buys 400 Acres In Waimea

The $5.3 million sale of agriculture land could be used for recreation, housing or economic uses, Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said.

Report: Nearly 3,000 Hawaii Residents Fly To Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Nearly 3,000 Hawaii Residents Fly To Work

Hawaiian Airlines outlines its economic impact across the state in its 90th annual report.