Civil Beat Staff

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra is a 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.

Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Hawaiian Airlines Covered Up Sexual Assaults, Security Failures Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Hawaiian Airlines Covered Up Sexual Assaults, Security Failures

A Hawaiian Airlines spokesman called the allegations “stunningly inaccurate.”

Honolulu Settles HPD Excessive Force Lawsuit Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Settles HPD Excessive Force Lawsuit

The lawsuit accused the police of writing false reports to justify unreasonable force.

Honolulu Airbnbs Shut Down When The Pandemic Began. The Mayor Wants To Keep It That Way Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Airbnbs Shut Down When The Pandemic Began. The Mayor Wants To Keep It That Way

The mayor sees the crackdown on vacation rentals as a tourism control measure.

Two Honolulu Police Officers Are Under Investigation For Assault Of Prisoner Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Two Honolulu Police Officers Are Under Investigation For Assault Of Prisoner

Two Honolulu police officers could face criminal charges for allegedly injuring a prisoner in January.

Honolulu SWAT Officer Shoots And Kills Man In Kakaako Apartment Building Hawaii News Now

Honolulu SWAT Officer Shoots And Kills Man In Kakaako Apartment Building

The shooting occurred after a three-hour crisis negotiation.

HPD’s Use Of CARES Act Money On Robot Dog, ATVs And Overtime Was Legit, Feds Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HPD’s Use Of CARES Act Money On Robot Dog, ATVs And Overtime Was Legit, Feds Say

The city submitted documentation stating every purchase was necessary because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawsuit: Hawaii County Police Failed To Announce Themselves Before Killing Man Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lawsuit: Hawaii County Police Failed To Announce Themselves Before Killing Man

The family’s lawyer is also litigating a Honolulu case in which police didn’t announce their presence until after they killed a man.

Defiant Prosecutor Chastises HPD And Judge For Actions In Sykap Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Defiant Prosecutor Chastises HPD And Judge For Actions In Sykap Case

Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm said officers under investigation should have been separated and criticized the judge for disallowing an expert witness.

The Brady List: Why Police Are Supposed To Tell Prosecutors About Dishonest Cops Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

The Brady List: Why Police Are Supposed To Tell Prosecutors About Dishonest Cops

The U.S. Supreme Court says the accused has a right to know about officers who have credibility issues. But Honolulu defense attorneys say they’re often left in the dark.