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.

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.

Police Union President Doesn’t Want An HPD Chief From The Mainland Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Union President Doesn’t Want An HPD Chief From The Mainland

SHOPO President Malcolm Lutu wants the new police chief to be “local.”

Commissioners: Why Isn’t HPD Releasing Body Cam Video Of Teen Shooting? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Commissioners: Why Isn’t HPD Releasing Body Cam Video Of Teen Shooting?

A Honolulu police official says state law prohibits the release of information in court cases involving juveniles, including the video footage.

Blangiardi Nominates Former Mainland Officer To Honolulu Police Commission Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Blangiardi Nominates Former Mainland Officer To Honolulu Police Commission

The mayor says he wants someone on the commission who has empathy for law enforcement officers.

HPD Says It Won’t Release Video Of Officers Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Says It Won’t Release Video Of Officers Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old

Police departments elsewhere release video that is edited to cover faces.

How Honolulu Will Select Its Next Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Honolulu Will Select Its Next Police Chief

The Police Commission has the legal authority to hire the next chief, but Mayor Blangiardi has stated his desire to have “a very big say” and give preference to in-house candidates.

Police Body Cam Footage Shows Officers Struggle With, Shoot Man In Nuuanu Screenshot

Police Body Cam Footage Shows Officers Struggle With, Shoot Man In Nuuanu

Video of the dark scene shows officers didn’t announce themselves as police, but HPD says the man must’ve known they were law enforcement.

HPD: Officers Shot Man After Home Invasion, Assault On Officers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD: Officers Shot Man After Home Invasion, Assault On Officers

Police said the man entered a home, sat down and took off his shoes before returning to his car and initiating a violent assault on officers who responded.

Honolulu Police Shoot, Kill Break-In Suspect In Nuuanu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Shoot, Kill Break-In Suspect In Nuuanu

This is the second fatal shooting by Honolulu police officers this month.