Civil Beat Staff

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra is a reporter on the City and County of Honolulu beat. She writes stories that hold the government accountable for how it spends your tax dollars and makes decisions that affect the lives of everyone on Oahu. Her coverage area includes the mayor, the Honolulu City Council and the Honolulu Police Department.

Previously, Christina was an investigative reporter for the Delaware News Journal. Using public records and persistence, she uncovered stories including the city council’s misuse of taxpayer dollars, workplace fraud in a construction training program, prison healthcare failures, falsified documents in an addiction treatment program and more.

Her investigative stories have sparked criminal investigations and penalties and prompted legislative and policy changes. She was recognized several times by the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, which awarded her a first-place prize and a best of show award in investigative reporting in 2019.

Christina’s first full-time job in journalism was at The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Christina interned with The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, The New England Center for Investigative Reporting and USA Today. Christina was born and raised in New Jersey and has strong feelings about quality bagels and pizza.

Christina welcomes story ideas and anonymous tips at cjedra@civilbeat.org. You can follow her on Twitter @ChristinaJedra.

Honolulu Handi-Van Driver Dies Of COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Handi-Van Driver Dies Of COVID-19

The city did not release any identifying information.

Sykap Hearing Focuses On Whether Officer Shot Teen To Protect Colleague Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Sykap Hearing Focuses On Whether Officer Shot Teen To Protect Colleague

Body camera footage was played in court for the first time, showing the moment three officers shot into a stolen white Honda, killing a teen and injuring his brother.

BB Gun Was Found In Stolen Car After Police Shooting, Witnesses Say Pool photo Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser/2021

BB Gun Was Found In Stolen Car After Police Shooting, Witnesses Say

The preliminary hearing is revealing new information about what happened the day police killed Iremamber Sykap and injured his brother.

Honolulu Police Commission Fails To Detail Its Public Agendas, Complaint Says Screenshot: Honolulu Police Commission livestream

Honolulu Police Commission Fails To Detail Its Public Agendas, Complaint Says

Police commissioners have been discussing topics without proper public notice and meeting privately without justifying it, a government transparency advocate argues.

Honolulu Police Commission Struggles To Line Up Consultant To Help Hire Police Chief Screenshot

Honolulu Police Commission Struggles To Line Up Consultant To Help Hire Police Chief

Some activists want the community to have more of a say in the process, but the commission chair indicated public engagement is a turn-off for consultants.

After Embezzling To Fund ‘Luxurious Lifestyle,’ Former Nonprofit Exec Begs For Leniency

After Embezzling To Fund ‘Luxurious Lifestyle,’ Former Nonprofit Exec Begs For Leniency

Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to send Hanalei Aipoalani to prison. Aipoalani is hoping for home confinement.

Honolulu Officers Charged In Police Shooting Appear In Court Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Officers Charged In Police Shooting Appear In Court

Hundreds of police union members and other supporters gathered at an early morning rally outside the downtown courthouse.

Community Members Want A Voice In Hiring Honolulu’s Next Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Community Members Want A Voice In Hiring Honolulu’s Next Police Chief

Some commissioners said they’re in favor of community input while reviewing police chief candidates, but they don’t want to take hiring recommendations from anyone.

Attorney Says Lindani Myeni Was Acting Strangely Before Lethal Encounter With Police Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Attorney Says Lindani Myeni Was Acting Strangely Before Lethal Encounter With Police

The attorney for a couple who were staying in a vacation rental Myeni entered says they acted reasonably. But a lawyer representing Lindani Myeni’s widow says their story doesn’t excuse what he sees as a flawed response by police.