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. Her writing during this period appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Hana Hou! magazine. In 2021 she moved back to Kaua’i to help expand Civil Beat’s coverage on the outer islands. 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.

Land Donor Takes Back Kauai’s Unopened Youth Drug Treatment Center Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2022

Land Donor Takes Back Kauai’s Unopened Youth Drug Treatment Center

New private ownership could prove more nimble than government. But old business model troubles persist.

Kauai Animal Shelter Buys 10 Acres With Plans To Grow Kauai Humane Society/2022

Kauai Animal Shelter Buys 10 Acres With Plans To Grow

The Kauai Humane Society now owns the Lihue parcel where it has operated for more than two decades.

Kauai County: Derek Kawakami Cruises To Another Term As Mayor Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat/2022

Kauai County: Derek Kawakami Cruises To Another Term As Mayor

Tuesday’s election narrowed down the County Council race from 14 candidates to its final seven members.

Lanai Draws Tenants In Lottery For First Affordable Housing Project In 30 Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Lanai Draws Tenants In Lottery For First Affordable Housing Project In 30 Years

The housing development funded by tech magnate Larry Ellison will almost double the number of affordable housing units on the island.

Charter Question Recommends Reforms For Maui Boards And Commissions Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2022

Charter Question Recommends Reforms For Maui Boards And Commissions

The ballot measure features a series of questions about the recruitment process for county boards and commissions, as well as some staff positions.

Maui Charter Proposal Would Let Some County Employees Work From Home Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2022

Maui Charter Proposal Would Let Some County Employees Work From Home

The measure is geared toward helping the environment, but studies have questioned how much teleworking actually helps.

Why This Hawaiian Island Has To Outsource Psychiatric Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Why This Hawaiian Island Has To Outsource Psychiatric Care

For the first time since 1990, the state agency that provides care to adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness has no staff on Lanai. The problem is a microcosm of a statewide mental health care crisis.

Kauai Plans For Sea Level Rise With New Building Standards Courtesy: Kauai County/2022

Kauai Plans For Sea Level Rise With New Building Standards

The county became the state’s first municipality to regulate construction based on flood projections spurred by sea level rise.

Amendment Would Make It Easier For Maui Clerk To Make Minor Changes To County Charter Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2022

Amendment Would Make It Easier For Maui Clerk To Make Minor Changes To County Charter

The proposal — one of 13 that voters will decide in the Nov. 8 general election — would also help keep politics out of the clerk’s office.