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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.

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.

A New Roadmap For Battling Hawaii’s Intensifying Natural Hazards Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A New Roadmap For Battling Hawaii’s Intensifying Natural Hazards

Hawaii is vulnerable to hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, lava flows and sea level rise. A new guidebook offers local leaders tools for tackling these hazards.

Squeezing Along Narrow Sidewalks And Racing Crosswalk Timers In Waikiki Brittany Lyte

Squeezing Along Narrow Sidewalks And Racing Crosswalk Timers In Waikiki

A volunteer initiative, Waikiki Safe Walk, is documenting pedestrian hazards and eyesores in a campaign to make the tourism hub easier to walk.

Lawsuit Challenges Hawaii’s Termination Of Youth Mental Health Services At 18 Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Challenges Hawaii’s Termination Of Youth Mental Health Services At 18

The suit filed in federal court alleges a young woman received minimal care when her case was turned over to Hawaii’s adult mental health division, leading to the deterioration of her condition.

How These Travel Hotspots Are Trying To Make Tourism Pay Its Own Way Chad Blair/Civil Beat

How These Travel Hotspots Are Trying To Make Tourism Pay Its Own Way

From California to the Galapagos, overwhelmed tourist destinations are experimenting with ways to control the overflow and pay for repairing the damage.

Rat Lungworm Disease’s Silent Victims: Cats, Dogs, Centipedes, Toads, Coqui Frogs and Horses Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Rat Lungworm Disease’s Silent Victims: Cats, Dogs, Centipedes, Toads, Coqui Frogs and Horses

So far this year six people have contracted rat lungworm disease. But researchers on the Big Island have also begun to study the presence of the infection in animals.

More Rooftop Solar Coming To Molokai Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Rooftop Solar Coming To Molokai

Employing new technology to absorb excess electricity that could overwhelm the grid, researchers and energy regulators have found a way to boost Molokai’s solar energy supply.

Illegal Parking Fees Rise From $35 To $235 On Kauai’s North Shore Cyril Fluck/Flickr

Illegal Parking Fees Rise From $35 To $235 On Kauai’s North Shore

The steepened penalty is expected to deter problematic illegal parking near popular beaches, trailheads and attractions on Kauai’s secluded North Shore.