Civil Beat Staff

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra is a reporter on the City and County of Honolulu beat. She writes about how the city spends your tax dollars and makes decisions that affect the lives of everyone on Oahu. She is particularly interested in covering homelessness, the Honolulu Police Department and the intersection of the two.

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, 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.

Congresswoman Concerned About Hawaii Pandemic Response Got No Answers From Ige Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Congresswoman Concerned About Hawaii Pandemic Response Got No Answers From Ige

Questions about testing and contact tracing in Hawaii were left unanswered.

New Honolulu Mayor, Same Pandemic Tier System For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Honolulu Mayor, Same Pandemic Tier System For Now

Team sports will continue to be prohibited, and bars will stay closed.

New Honolulu Prosecutor Pledges To Restore Trust Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Honolulu Prosecutor Pledges To Restore Trust

Steve Alm said he is leading the department with an eye toward reform but isn’t enthusiastic about the idea of an independent commission to oversee his work.

City, State Officials Monitoring Threats From Right-Wing Extremists PF Bentley/Civil Beat

City, State Officials Monitoring Threats From Right-Wing Extremists

Mayor Rick Blangiardi – who voted for President Trump in 2016 – called the insurrection at the Capitol “reprehensible.”

Honolulu Police Spent $150,000 In CARES Funds On A Robot Dog Hawaii News Now

Honolulu Police Spent $150,000 In CARES Funds On A Robot Dog

Flush with CARES Act cash, the Honolulu Police Department has spent millions on what one officer called “toys.” 

Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Could Face Consequences With Help Of US Attorney Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Could Face Consequences With Help Of US Attorney

After the U.S. Capitol was overtaken by a violent and destructive mob of Trump supporters, prosecutors nationwide committed to bringing charges.

Honolulu Council Chair Announces Committee Assignments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Chair Announces Committee Assignments

Councilmen Calvin Say and Brandon Elefante will be in powerful roles.

Caldwell’s Top Aide Lands City Council Gig To Cash In On Retirement Benefits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell’s Top Aide Lands City Council Gig To Cash In On Retirement Benefits

The six-month job will set up former city Managing Director Roy Amemiya for benefits he can access for the rest of his life.

Kirk Caldwell’s Legacy As Honolulu Mayor Is Marred By Rail And Homelessness Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kirk Caldwell’s Legacy As Honolulu Mayor Is Marred By Rail And Homelessness

As the city’s top official leaves office, we look back at the ups and downs of the Caldwell era.