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.

‘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.

UH Scores $8M For Rural, Minority Patient Cancer Trials UH

UH Scores $8M For Rural, Minority Patient Cancer Trials

The National Cancer Institute awarded an $8 million, six-year grant to the UH Cancer Center to increase cancer trials for Hawaii’s minority, rural and underserved patients.

‘Horrendous’ Nude Sculptures On Lanai Taken Down After Public Outcry Robin Kaye

‘Horrendous’ Nude Sculptures On Lanai Taken Down After Public Outcry

Residents were appalled that the small island’s management company had put them so close to a church.

Champion Of Legal Aid To Hawaii’s Poor Announces Retirement

Champion Of Legal Aid To Hawaii’s Poor Announces Retirement

After a 50-year career in public interest law and advocacy, Hawaii Appleseed Center co-founder Victor Geminiani announced on Wednesday that he will step down as the agency’s longtime executive director.

This Is What Scientists Would Be Missing If The TMT Doesn’t Go On Mauna Kea NASA/JPL-Caltech

This Is What Scientists Would Be Missing If The TMT Doesn’t Go On Mauna Kea

Scientists are already jockeying for time slots for ambitious research projects on the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope and another giant telescope being constructed in Chile.

Honolulu Event Explores Art Therapy For Mental Illness Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Event Explores Art Therapy For Mental Illness

The inaugural Hawaii Art and Mental Health Summit will explore how creativity and self-expression can support healing and aid recovery from mental illness.

Book Teaches Keiki About Alzheimer’s

Book Teaches Keiki About Alzheimer’s

A new resource for local kids grappling with a loved one’s memory loss is available for free online.

On Maui, Gordon Ramsay Whips Up A Savory Breadfruit Pie National Geographic/Michael Mull

On Maui, Gordon Ramsay Whips Up A Savory Breadfruit Pie

The Polynesian staple crop stars in an upcoming Nat Geo television series featuring 16-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay.