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.

June 2020

Tuesday, June 23

Coronavirus Has Offered Kauai’s Mayor A Political Breakout Moment

Thursday, June 11

This Kauai Doctor Is Helping Revolutionize Drug Treatment For Inmates

Monday, June 8

These Kauai Cops Are Tired Of Racist Police Killings, Too

Sunday, June 7

Kauai Has A New Plan For Its Vacant Residential Drug Treatment Facility

Friday, June 5

How These Hawaii Kupuna Battle Loneliness During The Pandemic

Tuesday, June 2

People Are Avoiding The Doctor Due To COVID-19 Fears

May 2020

Wednesday, May 27

The Other Coronavirus Crisis: Escalating Mental Health Problems

Sunday, May 17

New Website Matches People In Need With People Who Can Help

Saturday, May 16

Oahu Retailers Welcome Back Shoppers With Disinfectant And Some Doubt

Friday, May 15

Suicides Of 4 Young Men In A Week Raise Alarm On Kauai

Sunday, May 10

How A Business Venture Of Friends Became A Big Player In The Virus Response

Saturday, May 9

‘I Have To Accept Reality’: First-Timers Line Up For Foodbank Help

April 2020

Monday, April 27

Inside Hawaii’s Ambitious Mobile Virus-Testing Operation

Wednesday, April 22

She’s Running Hawaii’s Virus Response. But Should We Trust Her?

Wednesday, April 15

Kaiser Coronavirus Experts Fly In For Damage Control At Maui Hospital

The Coronavirus Has Been Good For Hanauma Bay

Staff: Things Got Out Of Hand Quickly At Maui Hospital

Tuesday, April 14

Hundreds Set To Attend Hawaii’s Top Summit On Violence — Virtually

Wednesday, April 8

The Fastest-Growing Ethnic Group In Hawaii Is Also The Most Invisible

Saturday, April 4

How Susceptible Are You To Coronavirus? The Answer Could Be In Your DNA

March 2020

Friday, March 27

Coronavirus Is Spiking Levels Of Anxiety, Panic And Stress

Wednesday, March 25

Coronavirus Could Send The Cost Of Your Prescription Drug Soaring

Monday, March 9

Last Of Its Kind: This Small Neighborhood Market Is Still A Big Part Of Life On Kauai

Monday, March 2

How The Faithful Took It Upon Themselves To Save This Unique Painted Church

February 2020

Friday, February 28

DOJ Prosecutors: Kauai Councilman Led Meth Ring With Samoan Prison Gang

Tuesday, February 11

Hanapepe: ‘This Is The Town That Keeps Refusing To Die’

Wednesday, February 5

Hawaii Lawmakers Work To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail

January 2020

Tuesday, January 28

How These Makaha Neighbors Saved A County Park From Crime And Weeds

Measuring Hawaii’s Social Capital In The Age Of Disconnect

Friday, January 24

A Hawaii Doctor’s Journey Toward Embracing Medical Aid In Dying

Thursday, January 23

Plenty Of Warning Signs But Few Treatment Options In Police Killer Case

Tuesday, January 21

Creating More Treatment Options in Hawaii’s Fractured Mental Health System

Thursday, January 9

Report: Too Many People Are Dying While Waiting For Medical Aid In Dying