Civil Beat Staff

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra is a watchdog 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.

Attorney Says Lindani Myeni Was Acting Strangely Before Lethal Encounter With Police Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Attorney Says Lindani Myeni Was Acting Strangely Before Lethal Encounter With Police

The attorney for a couple who were staying in a vacation rental Myeni entered says they acted reasonably. But a lawyer representing Lindani Myeni’s widow says their story doesn’t excuse what he sees as a flawed response by police.

Honolulu Officers Face Murder Charges In Sykap Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Officers Face Murder Charges In Sykap Case

If convicted, the officers will each serve mandatory minimum prison terms of 20 years, the prosecutor’s office said.

Video Reveals Details Of Events Leading To HPD’s Killing Of Lindani Myeni Provided: Bickerton Law Group

Video Reveals Details Of Events Leading To HPD’s Killing Of Lindani Myeni

The Ring video obtained in a wrongful death lawsuit shows Myeni repeatedly apologizing to the occupants of a house he walked into.

Blangiardi Nominates Ann Botticelli To Honolulu Police Commission Screenshot: Blangiardi campaign event

Blangiardi Nominates Ann Botticelli To Honolulu Police Commission

The mayor tapped a well-known former journalist and corporate communications professional.

Blangiardi Has Chosen A Third Police Commission Nominee But He’s Not Revealing Who It Is Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Blangiardi Has Chosen A Third Police Commission Nominee But He’s Not Revealing Who It Is

The mayor said he’s not interested in the kind of police reform activists have been demanding.

Oahu Moves To Tier 4, Allowing Larger Gatherings Indoors And Outside Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Oahu Moves To Tier 4, Allowing Larger Gatherings Indoors And Outside

Honolulu will stop all pandemic restrictions when the vaccination rate hits 70%, the city said.

Amid Scrutiny Of HPD’s Fatal Shooting Of Teenager, Police Union Defends Officers Screenshot: Hawaii News Now livestream

Amid Scrutiny Of HPD’s Fatal Shooting Of Teenager, Police Union Defends Officers

Police union officials offered a message of vindication while the city prosecutor has yet to deem the shooting of a 16-year-old justified.

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Officers In Sykap Shooting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Officers In Sykap Shooting

The prosecutor’s office could still bring charges another way if it so chooses, a public defender said.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Accusing HPD Officer Of Helping His Friend Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU Files Lawsuit Accusing HPD Officer Of Helping His Friend

The ACLU has been pushing for a policy prohibiting conflicts of interest in policing. HPD’s new acting chief says the department is working on it.