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 water contamination crisis caused by the Navy’s Red Hill fuel operations.

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.

Cancer-Causing Fuel Components Detected In A BWS Monitoring Well In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Cancer-Causing Fuel Components Detected In A BWS Monitoring Well In Honolulu

The water utility said it detected petroleum contamination beyond the military’s Red Hill property.

UH Task Force Detects Fuel In Navy Water After It Was Deemed Safe Courtesy: DOH/2021

UH Task Force Detects Fuel In Navy Water After It Was Deemed Safe

The Navy and Hawaii’s Department of Health stood by their findings that the water is now safe after last year’s contamination crisis.

A Navy Captain Was Faulted For His Red Hill Response. But He’s Still Working There NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor/2021

A Navy Captain Was Faulted For His Red Hill Response. But He’s Still Working There

The Navy says officers who are removed from leadership posts may be reassigned to positions consistent with their training and experience.

Honolulu City Council Race: Oahu’s North Shore Is Getting New Blood  Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Honolulu City Council Race: Oahu’s North Shore Is Getting New Blood 

Oahu’s largest council district is up for grabs by a crop of political newcomers.

WATCH: Fuel Spewed ‘Full Blast’ Into Red Hill Tunnel In November Provided to Civil Beat

WATCH: Fuel Spewed ‘Full Blast’ Into Red Hill Tunnel In November

New video of the leak reveals new details about what happened as a water contamination crisis unfolded. 

Red Hill Investigations: The Navy Failed To Prevent And Respond To Fuel Contamination Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Red Hill Investigations: The Navy Failed To Prevent And Respond To Fuel Contamination

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Oahu residents were right to believe Red Hill was unsafe.

Ige Approves Ban On ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Food Containers, Firefighting Foam Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2022

Ige Approves Ban On ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Food Containers, Firefighting Foam

The class of chemicals known as PFAS has been suspected of causing health impacts, including cancer.

Permitting Worker Who Took Bribes For A Decade Gets Prison Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Permitting Worker Who Took Bribes For A Decade Gets Prison Time

The judge said he wanted to make an example of Jennie Javonillo to deter other government workers from taking bribes.

Hawaii Congressmen Warn The Draining Of Red Hill May Face Delays Screenshot: Facebook Live/2022

Hawaii Congressmen Warn The Draining Of Red Hill May Face Delays

Residents are concerned that Red Hill isn’t being drained of fuel quickly enough, but Honolulu’s chief water engineer cautioned it needs to be done safely.