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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.

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs?

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs?

Lawmakers have confronted the question for decades. Proponents say it could boost access to treatment, while opponents warn of opening up patients to subpar care.

Cops and Social Workers Join Forces To Get Homeless Help — And Off The Street Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Cops and Social Workers Join Forces To Get Homeless Help — And Off The Street

But low-level offenders, who were supposed to get services instead of jail time, still aren’t eligible for the new program.

New Twist In Possible Hate Crime Case Gives Family New Hope Contributed by the Salazar family

New Twist In Possible Hate Crime Case Gives Family New Hope

Aaron Salazar’s family has finally gotten the FBI to intervene in a mysterious incident that Amtrak contends was a suicide attempt.

Innovative New Program Plugs Some Holes In Mental Health Care System Getty Images/iStockphoto

Innovative New Program Plugs Some Holes In Mental Health Care System

A new network of providers and social workers is teaming up to get mental health patients the treatment they need.

Hawaii’s Mental Health Care Crisis Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hawaii’s Mental Health Care Crisis

The lack of psychiatrists is a particular problem for people who rely on the state’s public health insurance for low-income residents.

Time Is Literally Running Out For This Historic Kauai Radio Station D. Okayama

Time Is Literally Running Out For This Historic Kauai Radio Station

WWVH has been keeping track of time for the world for the past 70 years.

‘We Don’t Give Up’: Identifying America’s Long-Lost Soldiers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘We Don’t Give Up’: Identifying America’s Long-Lost Soldiers

The POW/MIA forensic lab in Hawaii has more than 1,400 service members who have been missing in action, some for decades.

Suicide Attempt Or Hate Crime? A Family Searches For An Elusive Truth Contributed by the Salazar family

Suicide Attempt Or Hate Crime? A Family Searches For An Elusive Truth

Police say the Kaiser grad leapt out the window of a moving train in an attempted suicide. His Hawaii family says he was targeted for being gay.

Lawsuit: Did ADHD Treatment Lead To A Maui Boy’s Suicide?

Lawsuit: Did ADHD Treatment Lead To A Maui Boy’s Suicide?

UPDATED: Pediatrician’s attorney calls allegations against her ‘completely baseless’

Lava That Destroys On Land Spurs New Life At Sea Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Lava That Destroys On Land Spurs New Life At Sea

A plume of phytoplankton off the coast of Puna was spotted from space. Now scientists take advantage of a unique opportunity to study lava as “fertilizer.”

Kawakami, Victorino Leading In Kauai, Maui Mayor Races Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kawakami, Victorino Leading In Kauai, Maui Mayor Races

Maui’s Victorino and Kauai’s Kawakami lead in the most recent returns for mayor, while dozens of county council seats get fresh blood.

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore Larry Loos/Flickr

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore

Local fishermen say the impact of the April storm on tourism has been a boon to the fish population.