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.

May 2021

Thursday, May 13

Ko Hawaiʻi ʻUhaʻuha ʻAna I Kona Hoʻomalu ʻAi ʻAna — A Me Ka Mea E Loaʻa Hou Mai Ai

Tuesday, May 11

The Tourists Are Back. In Rural Hana, The Residents Aren’t Happy

Thursday, May 6

A Maui Farmer’s Dream: Where Food, Not Fences, Separates The Homes

April 2021

Monday, April 26

Hawaii’s Food Hubs Find Strength In Numbers

Friday, April 23

How Hawaii Squandered Its Food Security — And What It Will Take To Get It Back

Monday, April 19

Kauai Finally Greenlights Retail Shops On Farmland

Friday, April 16

Kauai Police Chief Suspended For Mocking Asians

How Scientists Are Pivoting In Their Quest To Save Hawaii’s Crows

Thursday, April 15

Kauai Police Chief’s Rising Star Began To Fall Last Year, Job Reviews Show

Thursday, April 8

Kauai Councilwoman In The Hot Seat After Accepting Paid Trip To Russia

Friday, April 2

How Addressing Hawaii’s Affordable Housing Crisis Could Help Farming Efforts

March 2021

Wednesday, March 31

Kauai Wants To Reopen Beaches. That Could Put Homeless Back On The Streets

Monday, March 29

Cocktails To Go? Hawaii Restaurants Hope Service Will Outlast The Pandemic

Should Hawaii Invest To Help Workers Displaced By The Pandemic Find New Careers?

Tuesday, March 16

‘My Words Have Caused People Pain’: Kauai Police Chief Apologizes For Anti-Asian Remarks

Tuesday, March 9

Made In Hawaii? This Innovative Startup Can Help You Promote Your Product

Monday, March 1

New Single-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Raises Hopes For Overall Effort

February 2021

Sunday, February 28

Did An Abusive Relationship Lead To A Young Woman’s Involvement In A North Shore Murder?

Tuesday, February 23

Zippy’s Plans To Pay Employees To Get Vaccinated

Monday, February 22

Suicides In Hawaii Have Declined During The Pandemic

Monday, February 15

These 2 Companies Are Putting Big Money Into Hawaii’s Agricultural Future. Will Their Bets Pay Off?

Friday, February 5

Hawaii’s COVID-19 Tracking App Is Falling Short

January 2021

Thursday, January 28

Fed Help Would Give Hawaii’s Vaccination Campaign A Shot In The Arm

Sunday, January 24

This Brutal Maui Assault Prompts Hate Crime Charges — 7 Years Later