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.

Honolulu Mayor Lifts More Pandemic Restrictions On Large Events Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Mayor Lifts More Pandemic Restrictions On Large Events

UPDATED: The announcement is a major step forward for weddings, conferences and other large events as well as restaurants and bars.

Navy Stops Red Hill Pipeline Leak Of Fuel And Water That Began Saturday U.S. Navy

Navy Stops Red Hill Pipeline Leak Of Fuel And Water That Began Saturday

It’s another leak in a series of unfortunate events as the Navy tries to secure a permit from the Hawaii Department of Health.

How A Decades-Old Zoning Change Opened Makaha To Short-Term Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

How A Decades-Old Zoning Change Opened Makaha To Short-Term Rentals

A Honolulu City Council decision in 1989 paved the way for vacation rentals in Makaha decades later. 

How Police Overtime Leaves Taxpayers On The Hook For Jacked Up Pensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

How Police Overtime Leaves Taxpayers On The Hook For Jacked Up Pensions

State lawmakers cracked down on pension spiking in 2012 – but only for new employees. The old-timers continue to stick taxpayers with ever-growing bills from the state pension system. 

Honolulu’s Battle Against Short-Term Rentals Begins Again  Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu’s Battle Against Short-Term Rentals Begins Again 

Honolulu says it wants to preserve the integrity of residential neighborhoods. Rental operators believe the city wants to regulate them out of existence to benefit the hotel industry.

Whistleblower Says The Navy Gave False Testimony About Red Hill Fuel Facility U.S. Navy

Whistleblower Says The Navy Gave False Testimony About Red Hill Fuel Facility

A naval officer told the state health department that there are corrosion issues, including “holes in tanks,” that are being hidden from regulators.

Honolulu Issues New Proposal To Crack Down On Short-Term Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Issues New Proposal To Crack Down On Short-Term Rentals

Under the new bill, some people will be allowed to stay in short-term vacation units for less than 180 days, including full-time students and temporary medical workers.

Congressional Delegation Calls For Investigation Into Red Hill Pipeline Leak At Pearl Harbor U.S. Navy photo

Congressional Delegation Calls For Investigation Into Red Hill Pipeline Leak At Pearl Harbor

Hawaii’s senators and congressmen are turning up the heat on the Navy after military officials waited months to report evidence of a pipeline leak to state regulators.

Congressional Delegation ‘Troubled’ By Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Leaks And Wants Answers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Congressional Delegation ‘Troubled’ By Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Leaks And Wants Answers

The federal lawmakers’ letter comes as some constituents call for the shutdown of the Navy’s underground fuel facility.