Civil Beat Staff

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra is a watchdog 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.

Blangiardi Offering $10 Million In Incentives To Affordable Housing Developers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Blangiardi Offering $10 Million In Incentives To Affordable Housing Developers

The Honolulu mayor hopes the incentives spur private development of affordable homes.

Oahu To Keep Current Pandemic Restrictions For At Least Four More Weeks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu To Keep Current Pandemic Restrictions For At Least Four More Weeks

The state and county will be working together to figure out how to incorporate vaccination counts into the tier system, Blangiardi’s office said.

Guilty Plea: Former Maui Cop Offered To Sabotage Case In Exchange For Sexual Relationship

Guilty Plea: Former Maui Cop Offered To Sabotage Case In Exchange For Sexual Relationship

The former officer could go to prison for offering to perjure himself in exchange for sex, the DOJ said.

City Pays $365,000 To Motorist In Crash With HPD Courtesy: Andria Tupola/Hawaii News Now

City Pays $365,000 To Motorist In Crash With HPD

Police initially said the driver hit the police car. But witnesses disputed that.

911 Call: ‘He’s In The House,’ Tearful Woman Tells Police Cory Lum/Civil Beat

911 Call: ‘He’s In The House,’ Tearful Woman Tells Police

The tape reveals the emergency call that led Honolulu police to the Nuuanu home where a 29-year-old man was shot and killed by officers.

Honolulu Prosecutor Promises Independent Investigations Into Police Shootings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Prosecutor Promises Independent Investigations Into Police Shootings

But it’s unclear whether the public will ever see the results of his office’s investigation.

Honolulu Prosecutors Have Long Been Stymied When Investigating Police Killings. That’s About To Change Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Prosecutors Have Long Been Stymied When Investigating Police Killings. That’s About To Change

The city largely leaves it to the police to investigate themselves when a civilian is killed. The new prosecuting attorney has plans for reform.

Widow of Lindani Myeni Sues Honolulu Police For Wrongful Death Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Widow of Lindani Myeni Sues Honolulu Police For Wrongful Death

UPDATED: Lawyers for Lindsay Myeni said there’s no evidence he had committed a burglary.