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.

Kealohas’ Hawaii Kai House Gets $1.3 Million Cash Offer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas’ Hawaii Kai House Gets $1.3 Million Cash Offer

With a buyer in hand, the lender wants a federal judge to approve the sale.

Honolulu Police Corruption: Drug Charges Filed Against Katherine Kealoha And Her Brother Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Corruption: Drug Charges Filed Against Katherine Kealoha And Her Brother

A new indictment links Kealoha to a drug distribution ring centered at her brother’s Big Island pain clinic.

Rushing To Save Kauai’s Ohia Trees From A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Disease Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rushing To Save Kauai’s Ohia Trees From A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Disease

Rapid ohia death, which has felled hundreds of thousands of the environmentally and culturally important trees on the Big Island, was first spotted on Kauai in May.

Proposal For New Dairy On Kauai Dropped After 5-Year Effort U.S. Department of Agriculture

Proposal For New Dairy On Kauai Dropped After 5-Year Effort

Hawaii Dairy Farms was thwarted by regulatory obstacles, lawsuits and community opposition.

Police Commission Opts For Public Hearings In Former Chief’s Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Commission Opts For Public Hearings In Former Chief’s Case

Louis Kealoha says he needs taxpayer help to pay for his criminal defense lawyers.

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding

Kauai has tightened requirements for shoreline development, but they don’t take into account more alarming recent predictions of the impact of climate change and rising seas.

Honolulu Police Corruption: Another Cop Pleads Guilty Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Corruption: Another Cop Pleads Guilty

HPD Sgt. Daniel Sellers is the latest veteran officer to admit wrongdoing in the nearly 5-year-old federal corruption case.

He Fought For Hawaii’s Aid In Dying Law. Now He Wants To Use it. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

He Fought For Hawaii’s Aid In Dying Law. Now He Wants To Use it.

Prominent Honolulu lobbyist John Radcliffe, whose colon cancer has spread, became the first state resident Wednesday to start the application process.

A Retired Judge Keeps Asking, Who Really Killed Dana Ireland? Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

A Retired Judge Keeps Asking, Who Really Killed Dana Ireland?

The Big Island prosecutor and the Hawaii Innocence Project question his motives, but Mike Heavey presses on with a campaign to reopen the notorious 1991 murder case.

Yoga Gains A Place Behind Bars In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yoga Gains A Place Behind Bars In Hawaii

Updated: Louisa DiGrazia won a $35,000 grant from the Legislature to expand yoga classes throughout Oahu’s correctional facilities.

Preparing For Hawaii’s New Medical Aid In Dying Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Preparing For Hawaii’s New Medical Aid In Dying Law

The state estimates around 40 people will use the new law to seek medical assistance to end their lives next year.

Commuting Oahu: ‘It Takes Your Time And It Gives You Back Stress’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Commuting Oahu: ‘It Takes Your Time And It Gives You Back Stress’

Some of us live closer to our jobs than ever. But it’s taking longer to get there. And the cost in lost time, dollars and home life is heavy.