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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.

Kauai Developer Wants Land Returned After County Delays Opening Drug Treatment Center Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

Kauai Developer Wants Land Returned After County Delays Opening Drug Treatment Center

Grove Farm, the development company that donated nearly six acres to Kauai County for an inpatient drug treatment center, said the land deed is no longer valid.

Maui’s Got A Brand New Ag Department. Now What? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui’s Got A Brand New Ag Department. Now What?

Voters in Maui County approved a charter amendment to create Hawaii’s first county-level agriculture department. Now organizers need to determine exactly what the agency will work on.

Experts Forecast A Destructive Wildfire Season In Hawaii This Year Courtesy: Clay Trauernicht

Experts Forecast A Destructive Wildfire Season In Hawaii This Year

Climate change and human negligence are intensifying the threat of wildfires in the islands.

Scientists Are Running Out Of Time To Save This Critically Endangered Kauai Bird Courtesy: Kauai Forest Birds Recovery Project

Scientists Are Running Out Of Time To Save This Critically Endangered Kauai Bird

The new data suggests the population of akikiki — a honeycreeper bird found only on Kauai —  may be declining faster than previously thought. 

An Explosion Of Green Parakeets Is Causing Big Problems On Kauai Courtesy: Arindam Aditya/2021

An Explosion Of Green Parakeets Is Causing Big Problems On Kauai

Wild rose-ringed parakeets feast on fruit and corn crops, screech noisily and attract rats. Researchers say native birds are at risk.

National Report Spotlights Hawaii’s Need For Suicide Prevention Getty Images/iStockphoto

National Report Spotlights Hawaii’s Need For Suicide Prevention

Hawaii had more survey participants say they had been thinking about suicide during the pandemic than any other state.

Some Hawaii Farms Want To Keep Feeding Locals — Even As Tourism Returns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Hawaii Farms Want To Keep Feeding Locals — Even As Tourism Returns

As the threat of COVID-19 subsides, some local food growers say they will continue to prioritize local families that kept them afloat during the pandemic over the tourism industry.

The Great Hawaii Rental Car Crisis: Is It Ever Going To End? Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

The Great Hawaii Rental Car Crisis: Is It Ever Going To End?

Some island leaders say it’s time to implement smarter visitor management strategies that don’t involve large fleets of rental cars.

‘The Situation Is Critical’: Saving This Maui Beach Won’t Be Easy Or Cheap Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2021

‘The Situation Is Critical’: Saving This Maui Beach Won’t Be Easy Or Cheap

Government agencies, scientists, property owners and beachgoers have banded together to find a solution to chronic erosion at Maui’s Kahana Bay.