Civil Beat Staff

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra reports on the City and County of Honolulu and public policy issues on Oahu including housing and homelessness.

Previously, she 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, state-funded workplace fraud in a construction training program, deadly prison healthcare failures and more.

Her investigative stories sparked criminal investigations and penalties and prompted legislative and policy changes. She has been 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 Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. She learned the ropes under the guidance of Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, John McNamara and Gerald Fischman, editors who were killed in a June 28, 2018 shooting that also took the life of sales assistant Rebecca Smith.

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, anonymous tips, and advice on places to eat on Oahu at cjedra@civilbeat.org. You can follow her on Twitter @ChristinaJedra.

Honolulu Sues To Recoup Kealoha Retirement Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Sues To Recoup Kealoha Retirement Money

Even if Honolulu’s lawsuit succeeds, it could take a long time for the city to get the money back.

Mayors Want State Action On Traffic, E-Scooters, Rideshare  Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayors Want State Action On Traffic, E-Scooters, Rideshare 

Hawaii’s four mayors have transportation initiatives on the brain in 2020, their latest requests to state lawmakers show.

Educator Mandado Announces Run For City Council Courtesy: Ryan Mandado

Educator Mandado Announces Run For City Council

The race to replace a term-limited councilman now has three candidates.

Activist Choon James Running For Honolulu Mayor Courtesy: Choon James

Activist Choon James Running For Honolulu Mayor

James is running as a “good government” candidate who isn’t taking lobbyist donations.

Oahu Is Overhauling How It Counts The Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Is Overhauling How It Counts The Homeless

Administrators of Oahu’s annual homeless count have struggled with inaccuracy and undercounting. Partners In Care’s new director is working to fix it.

Trump Blames States For Homeless. Don’t Take The Bait, Former Official Warns Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trump Blames States For Homeless. Don’t Take The Bait, Former Official Warns Hawaii

As Hawaii’s statewide homelessness numbers start to dip, a former federal official tells lawmakers to keep doing what they’re doing.

Hawaii Is No Longer No. 1 For Homelessness. New York Is Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is No Longer No. 1 For Homelessness. New York Is Worse

The problem is concentrated on Oahu where the unsheltered population has been growing for a decade.

Audit: Honolulu Can’t Meet Building Industry Demands For Permits Allan Parachini

Audit: Honolulu Can’t Meet Building Industry Demands For Permits

Low pay, insufficient training and high turnover contribute to a permitting department that can’t keep up, the auditor found.

Why Are Soldier Suicides On The Rise? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Are Soldier Suicides On The Rise?

Suicide rates among soldiers from the 19th century to today can’t be explained by combat alone, according to a new report.

Honolulu Board Of Water Supply Fined For Stream Pollution Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Board Of Water Supply Fined For Stream Pollution

The Board of Water Supply failed to notify state health officials about a sediment discharge for 15 days, according to the state health department.

Free Lunch From A Contractor Is Annual Tradition at Honolulu Hale Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Free Lunch From A Contractor Is Annual Tradition at Honolulu Hale

The Ethics Commission is considering a zero-tolerance policy on “tokens of aloha.”

Low Pay, Reputation Of Corruption Hinders Hiring at Honolulu Liquor Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Low Pay, Reputation Of Corruption Hinders Hiring at Honolulu Liquor Commission

The city agency charged with regulating Oahu’s liquor industry is struggling to fill positions. It’s been a problem for at least 15 years.