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.

Want To Build Affordable Housing More Quickly? This Bill Would Sidestep Public Input Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To Build Affordable Housing More Quickly? This Bill Would Sidestep Public Input

Hawaii’s leaders are offering developers a chance to skip a major vetting procedure, which could undermine efforts to protect public lands.

Rick Blangiardi Announces Run For Honolulu Mayor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rick Blangiardi Announces Run For Honolulu Mayor

The longtime media executive will face some well-funded opponents.

Is An $868,000 Home Affordable? Hawaii Senators Say No Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is An $868,000 Home Affordable? Hawaii Senators Say No

Advocates voiced forceful opposition to a so-called affordable housing bill they say is far from affordable. A committee of lawmakers took their side.

Amemiya Raises Most Campaign Cash In Honolulu Mayor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Amemiya Raises Most Campaign Cash In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Hawaii’s business elites are lining up behind one of their own, giving him an edge on Councilwoman Pine and former Congresswoman Hanabusa.

Defense Attorney Kau Leads Honolulu Prosecutor’s Race In Campaign Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Defense Attorney Kau Leads Honolulu Prosecutor’s Race In Campaign Cash

The political newcomer brought in more money than a well-known former judge.

The Honolulu Morgue Is Still A Mess Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Honolulu Morgue Is Still A Mess

When Civil Beat asked for a tour of the facility this month, the city rushed to clean up its image. But problems persist. 

More Investors Could Mean Increased Affordable Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Investors Could Mean Increased Affordable Housing

Housing advocates want to open up the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to anyone – not just big banks.

Hawaii Is Seriously Short On Census Job Applicants Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hawaii Is Seriously Short On Census Job Applicants

Hawaii’s census response rate is among the lowest in the nation.

Honolulu Sues To Recoup Kealoha Retirement Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Sues To Recoup Kealoha Retirement Money

Even if Honolulu’s lawsuit succeeds, it could take a long time for the city to get the money back.

Mayors Want State Action On Traffic, E-Scooters, Rideshare  Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayors Want State Action On Traffic, E-Scooters, Rideshare 

Hawaii’s four mayors have transportation initiatives on the brain in 2020, their latest requests to state lawmakers show.

Educator Mandado Announces Run For City Council Courtesy: Ryan Mandado

Educator Mandado Announces Run For City Council

The race to replace a term-limited councilman now has three candidates.