Civil Beat Staff

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra reports on the City and County of Honolulu and other Oahu issues for Civil Beat.

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.

Pearl Harbor Shooter ID’d As 22-Year-Old Sailor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pearl Harbor Shooter ID’d As 22-Year-Old Sailor

Updated. Waianae resident Vincent Kapoi Jr. was among the dead, according to his wife. Names of other victims have not been released.

Security Deposits Put Housing Out Of Reach For Some In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Security Deposits Put Housing Out Of Reach For Some In Hawaii

As housing costs rise, renters have to cut bigger and bigger checks just to get in the door.

Honolulu Council Chair’s Staffer Announces Bid For Windward Seat Courtesy of Alan Kekoa Texeira campaign

Honolulu Council Chair’s Staffer Announces Bid For Windward Seat

Ikaika Anderson is set to finish his third and last council term next year, and Alan Kekoa Texeira hopes to succeed him.

Honolulu May Sue Convicted Police Chief To Claw Back Retirement Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu May Sue Convicted Police Chief To Claw Back Retirement Money

The city will likely take its former police chief to court.

Former Judge Steve Alm Announces Bid For Prosecuting Attorney Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Former Judge Steve Alm Announces Bid For Prosecuting Attorney

He has the support of the police union and the chair of the police commission.

Acting Honolulu Prosecutor Hit With Federal Subpoena Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Acting Honolulu Prosecutor Hit With Federal Subpoena

His office says it’s not clear what the feds want to talk about, but that Dwight Nadamoto will cooperate.

 

Schatz To Marines: Rethink Project That Threatens Ewa Beach Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz To Marines: Rethink Project That Threatens Ewa Beach

Neighbors and government officials say an environmental study is needed, but the Marine Corps has said it isn’t legally required to do one.

Audit: Monster Houses Still Running Amok Despite City Law Christine Otto Zaa

Audit: Monster Houses Still Running Amok Despite City Law

The city blamed turnover, reduced time for training and other factors for its failure to enforce the 2019 law.

Ewa Beach Residents Want Marines To Take Another Look At Retaining Wall Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Ewa Beach Residents Want Marines To Take Another Look At Retaining Wall

Military says it’s fine but Hawaii’s top coastal management official calls the project part of a “death knell” for the islands’ beaches.

Honolulu Taxpayers Are Footing The Bill For Defense Lawyers’ Rail Advice Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Taxpayers Are Footing The Bill For Defense Lawyers’ Rail Advice

But city officials won’t say how much they’re paying the San Francisco law firm.

Controversial Ala Moana Playground Is A ‘Gift’ City Council May Refuse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Controversial Ala Moana Playground Is A ‘Gift’ City Council May Refuse

A recent vote suggests the proposal may lack the Honolulu City Council support it needs to proceed at Ala Moana.