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.

October 2019

Wednesday, October 30

How Honolulu Police Handled A Mental Health Crisis At Center Of Lawsuit

Tuesday, October 29

Honolulu’s First ‘Climathon’ Tackles The Challenges Of Green Tourism

Thursday, October 3

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii

September 2019

Friday, September 13

‘They’re Super Cute’: How One Scientist Is Saving Weird Bugs From Extinction

Friday, September 6

How Music Fuels The Mauna Kea Protests

Wednesday, September 4

Homeless Advocates Test Hawaii’s New Forced-Treatment Law

August 2019

Friday, August 23

‘Horrendous’ Nude Sculptures On Lanai Taken Down After Public Outcry

Thursday, August 15

This Is What Scientists Would Be Missing If The TMT Doesn’t Go On Mauna Kea

July 2019

Wednesday, July 24

Squeezing Along Narrow Sidewalks And Racing Crosswalk Timers In Waikiki

Monday, July 22

Lawsuit Challenges Hawaii’s Termination Of Youth Mental Health Services At 18

Thursday, July 18

How These Travel Hotspots Are Trying To Make Tourism Pay Its Own Way

Thursday, July 11

This Rare Island Waterbird Is Becoming Citified

Wednesday, July 3

Helping Seniors Survive The Hazards Of High-Rise Living In Honolulu

Monday, July 1

‘Like A Christmas Present’: Hawaii’s Medical Aid In Dying Law Eased Patient’s Anxiety

June 2019

Wednesday, June 19

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

Tuesday, June 11

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

Thursday, June 6

Hawaii Doctors Turn To Telemedicine As Number of Abortion Providers Dwindles

Wednesday, June 5

Feds’ Secret List Of Troubled Nursing Homes Includes Hawaii Facilities

May 2019

Friday, May 24

Hawaii Storytellers: An Up-Close View Of Incarceration

Thursday, May 23

Disappearance Of A Whale Tooth Necklace Spawns A Big Island Lawsuit

Tuesday, May 21

Judge: State Can Refile Charges In Fatal Front Porch Shooting

Monday, May 20

A Tragic Misunderstanding That Left A Navy Man Dead On His Neighbor’s Porch

Wednesday, May 15

Maui Residents Push Back On Loosening Liquor Laws

Wednesday, May 8

Kauai Gets A Residential Drug Treatment Facility For First Time In Decades

Tuesday, May 7

Tracking The Feral Cats That Kill Kauai’s Endangered Seabirds

April 2019

Tuesday, April 30

How These Bills Could Help Those With Serious Mental Illness

Friday, April 5

Feds Indict Two Honolulu Cops For Making Man Lick Urinal

Thursday, April 4

State Criticized For Cutting Services For The Developmentally Disabled

March 2019

Thursday, March 21

Honolulu Police Chief Gets High Marks From Commission And Community

Wednesday, March 20

HPD Chief Ballard Says Allegations Of Doctored Test Scores Are Unfounded

Monday, March 18

Creating A Better Life For Hawaii’s Developmentally Disabled

Tuesday, March 12

Shining Sunlight On The Honolulu Police Chief’s Performance

Thursday, March 7

City Council Approves $550,000 Payment To Cop Who Claimed HPD Doctored Test Scores

Bill Focuses On Revolving Door Of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatments

Wednesday, March 6

Mother Alleges Police Negligence In Shooting Death Of Her Son

February 2019

Thursday, February 28

Lawmakers Propose Fixes For A Broken Psychiatric Care Law

Tuesday, February 26

Judge Releases Potential Juror Who Was Jailed For Shouting ‘He Is Guilty!’

Monday, February 25

When Delusions Steal Your Daughter

Friday, February 15

Kealohas’ Hawaii Kai House Gets $1.3 Million Cash Offer

Tuesday, February 12

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

Monday, February 4

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

January 2019

Thursday, January 31

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

Wednesday, January 23

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

Tuesday, January 22

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding

Friday, January 11

Honolulu Police Corruption: Another Cop Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, January 2

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