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.

Mufi Hannemann Is Running For Honolulu Mayor — Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mufi Hannemann Is Running For Honolulu Mayor — Again

The man who kicked off the beleaguered Honolulu rail project wants to lead it to the finish line.

Calvin Say Leaving Long-Held House Seat For Council Run Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Calvin Say Leaving Long-Held House Seat For Council Run

One of Hawaii’s longest-serving lawmakers aims to fill a vacant council position.

Earl Tsuneyoshi Announces Run For Menor’s Council Seat Mana Means Communications

Earl Tsuneyoshi Announces Run For Menor’s Council Seat

The Army combat veteran is challenging former state Sen. Will Espero and comedian Augie T for the District 9 spot.

Government Workers Union Endorses Amemiya for Honolulu Mayor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Government Workers Union Endorses Amemiya for Honolulu Mayor

HGEA is backing a well-connected local businessman who has promised to increase trust and accountability in city government.

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Tout Experience, Need For Change Screenshot: Zoom, Kokua Council

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Tout Experience, Need For Change

Candidates outlined their qualifications for succeeding Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Honolulu Hair Salons, Offices, Gyms Will Reopen In Waves Starting Friday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Hair Salons, Offices, Gyms Will Reopen In Waves Starting Friday

Small gatherings can resume soon as Mayor Kirk Caldwell called on businesses to protect their customers.

Another Crackdown On Honolulu’s Homeless Has Legal Experts Crying Foul Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Another Crackdown On Honolulu’s Homeless Has Legal Experts Crying Foul

An expanded sit-lie ban won’t get more people into housing, law professors say, especially during the pandemic.

In-Person Religious Services May Resume Saturday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

In-Person Religious Services May Resume Saturday

You can pray together again, but keep a safe distance, the city says.

Honolulu Council Gets Another Open Meetings Violation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Gets Another Open Meetings Violation

Adding items to meeting agendas after the deadline should be done “rarely, if ever,” the state said.

The Pay Keeps Flowing For Accused Honolulu Officials On Leave Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Pay Keeps Flowing For Accused Honolulu Officials On Leave

Accused workers are presumed innocent, but some question whether they should continue to be paid as months turn into years.

The Navy Replaced Its Leaky Fuel Tanks In California. Why Not Oahu?  Chief Petty Officer Yan Kennon, DVIDS

The Navy Replaced Its Leaky Fuel Tanks In California. Why Not Oahu? 

In California and Washington, the Navy said its World War II-era tanks should be retired. But in Hawaii, the Navy says its tanks from the same era are working great. 

Honolulu Expanding Virus Testing With Federal Funds

Honolulu Expanding Virus Testing With Federal Funds

The program is slated to be operational within six weeks.