Civil Beat Staff

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra reports on the City and County of Honolulu and public policy issues on Oahu including housing and homelessness.

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.

Fundraising For Gubernatorial Contenders On Hold During Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fundraising For Gubernatorial Contenders On Hold During Pandemic

The leading candidates took in a lot of money last year, but have essentially paused fundraising for the governor’s race, records show.

Caldwell: Top City Official Who’s Subject Of An FBI Investigation Will Remain On The Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell: Top City Official Who’s Subject Of An FBI Investigation Will Remain On The Job

The mayor said Managing Director Roy Amemiya is needed now “more than ever.”

Gatherings On Oahu Limited To 10 Or Fewer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gatherings On Oahu Limited To 10 Or Fewer

People who gather in groups larger than 10 risk a $5,000 fine or up to a year in jail.

Honolulu Managing Director ‘Subject’ Of Federal Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Managing Director ‘Subject’ Of Federal Investigation

Unlike other city officials under investigation by the feds, Amemiya will not be going on leave, city officials say.

Oahu Bars To Close For Three Weeks Starting Friday Flickr: Rick

Oahu Bars To Close For Three Weeks Starting Friday

After closing down two Chinatown bars for violations, the city is ordering the shutdown of all bars.

Two Honolulu Firefighters Test Positive For COVID-19 Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Two Honolulu Firefighters Test Positive For COVID-19

Everyone who works at the Hawaii Kai fire station has been ordered to quarantine for two weeks.

Hanabusa, Esser Surge In Campaign Cash In Race For Mayor, Prosecutor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hanabusa, Esser Surge In Campaign Cash In Race For Mayor, Prosecutor

Keith Amemiya and Steve Alm have raised and spent the most overall but their challengers gained momentum in the month leading up to the primary.

Honolulu Buys 10-Unit Building For Affordable Housing Courtesy: City and County of Honolulu

Honolulu Buys 10-Unit Building For Affordable Housing

As of 2019, Oahu needed over 22,000 new housing units by 2025, according to the state.