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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.

How Honolulu’s Japanese, Spurned At The Library, Made Their Own Bookstore Culture Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Honolulu’s Japanese, Spurned At The Library, Made Their Own Bookstore Culture

When Honolulu’s library first opened, it ignored the needs of Japanese readers. In response, Japanese shop owners stepped up to provide books. Of 41 booksellers of that era, one store remains.

Honolulu Council OKs Requiring Union Labor For City Projects Over $2 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council OKs Requiring Union Labor For City Projects Over $2 Million

The measure has been forcefully opposed by non-union contractors.

Formerly Homeless Now In Charge Of $3.8M Grant To Help Kids Still On The Streets Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Formerly Homeless Now In Charge Of $3.8M Grant To Help Kids Still On The Streets

A federal youth homelessness project in Honolulu is being guided by nine young people who know the issue first-hand.

Opponents Of Sherwood Forest Development File Lawsuit Against Honolulu, Federal Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Opponents Of Sherwood Forest Development File Lawsuit Against Honolulu, Federal Government

Despite a public outcry demanding Honolulu halt the project, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the city is moving forward with it.

Hefty Property Fine? Honolulu Will Happily Settle For 10% Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Hefty Property Fine? Honolulu Will Happily Settle For 10%

City officials say they’re less interested in raising money than in getting property owners to comply, so are willing to take much less when the violation is corrected.

Police Arrest 28 Protesters Blocking Construction At Waimanalo Park Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Arrest 28 Protesters Blocking Construction At Waimanalo Park

The protesters sang and chanted as they passively resisted the officers. They were later released after posting $100 bail each.

Kealoha Corruption Probe Is Why Honolulu Is Paying A Mainland Law Firm To Fight The Feds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Corruption Probe Is Why Honolulu Is Paying A Mainland Law Firm To Fight The Feds

Federal agents seized a “very broad” set of emails in connection with an investigation that is now before a grand jury, according to Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor.

Keep The Change: Honolulu Won’t Try To Recover Almost $100,000 It Overpaid Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Keep The Change: Honolulu Won’t Try To Recover Almost $100,000 It Overpaid Workers

Despite a state law that says governments “shall” recover overpayments, Human Resources Director Carolee Kubo says it’s too late and, besides, the city made the mistake.

Why The Growing Demand For AC Threatens Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goals Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Why The Growing Demand For AC Threatens Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goals

Far more residents now have air conditioning to deal with a warming climate. But their increased electrical use makes the problem worse.

Honolulu Will Pay For ‘Confidential’ Criminal Defense Work For Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Will Pay For ‘Confidential’ Criminal Defense Work For Years

Taxpayers are on the hook for as much as $700 an hour to block some records from being seen by federal investigators.

‘This Is Our Mauna Kea’: Oahu Wind Farm Opponents Say They’re Inspired By Big Island Protests Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

‘This Is Our Mauna Kea’: Oahu Wind Farm Opponents Say They’re Inspired By Big Island Protests

The movement on Mauna Kea is motivating others to assert collective power over land-use decisions, even at the last minute.

Kealoha Cases Are Racking Up ‘Endless’ Taxpayer Legal Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Cases Are Racking Up ‘Endless’ Taxpayer Legal Bills

The legal fees for one lawsuit alone break down to about 70 cents per Oahu resident.