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.

UH Study Identifies A Measure That May Prevent Intimate Partner Violence Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

UH Study Identifies A Measure That May Prevent Intimate Partner Violence

One hundred Leeward Coast residents who participated in ‘talk story’ sessions improved their awareness, knowledge and confidence to address intimate partner violence.

Hawaii Gets $10 Million For Airport Improvements Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Gets $10 Million For Airport Improvements

The funding will be used to purchase aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, reconstruct taxiways and install runway lighting at four airports across the state.

Kauai’s Newly Reopened Park Is A Case Study In Controlling Tourism DLNR

Kauai’s Newly Reopened Park Is A Case Study In Controlling Tourism

Crowd control measures at the renovated Haena State Park will help state parks officials respond to staggering tourism growth.

UH Gets $8.4 Million Boost To Study Cancer In The Pacific UH

UH Gets $8.4 Million Boost To Study Cancer In The Pacific

The National Cancer Institute raised its funding support of the UH Cancer Center.

Study: A Growing Number Of Hawaii’s Keiki Live In Economic Insecurity PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Study: A Growing Number Of Hawaii’s Keiki Live In Economic Insecurity

Hawaii is in the middle of the pack for overall child wellbeing, with keiki falling behind in education and economic security markers but tracking ahead of most states in measures of health, family and community.

Widow Of Tattoo Legend ‘Sailor Jerry’ Sues Rum Distillers flicker.com/Ragz Rejected

Widow Of Tattoo Legend ‘Sailor Jerry’ Sues Rum Distillers

Louise Collins claims in a lawsuit that the makers of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum are misappropriating her husband’s name, tattoo designs and likeness.

Spitting Caterpillars From Asia Are The Latest Threat To Native Insects On Maui Courtesy of Keahi Bustamente

Spitting Caterpillars From Asia Are The Latest Threat To Native Insects On Maui

People are urged to be on the lookout for the newcomer to Hawaii, which adds to the problems already hindering the rarely seen Kamehameha butterfly and host plants.

Molokai, Kauai Groups Recognized For Restoring Sustainable Fisheries Cyril Fluck/Flickr

Molokai, Kauai Groups Recognized For Restoring Sustainable Fisheries

This is the first time the prestigious Equator Prize has been awarded to indigenous communities in the United States.

Could New Utility Model Save Money And Bolster Clean Energy Goals? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Could New Utility Model Save Money And Bolster Clean Energy Goals?

A new report examines alternative utility ownership and regulation models to cut greenhouse gas emissions, boost system reliability and help consumers.

Ige Extends Kauai Disaster Funds At Park Reopening Courtesy of Kauai County

Ige Extends Kauai Disaster Funds At Park Reopening

Governor David Ige extends disaster relief funds for flood-ravaged Kauai at celebration for the reopening of Haena State Park.
Hawaii Doctors Turn To Telemedicine As Number of Abortion Providers Dwindles Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Doctors Turn To Telemedicine As Number of Abortion Providers Dwindles

Hawaii was the first state to recognize a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy, but women in rural Hawaii who wish to exercise that right face plenty of hurdles.

Feds’ Secret List Of Troubled Nursing Homes Includes Hawaii Facilities Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds’ Secret List Of Troubled Nursing Homes Includes Hawaii Facilities

Two U.S. senators have released a list of nursing homes nationwide, including six in Hawaii, that have a pattern of providing residents unsafe or substandard care.