Civil Beat Staff

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra reports on the City and County of Honolulu and other Oahu issues for Civil Beat.

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.

Tourists Scramble As Oahu Vacation Rentals Disappear Under New Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tourists Scramble As Oahu Vacation Rentals Disappear Under New Law

Amid mass Airbnb cancellations, one local bride said two of her bridesmaids can no longer attend her wedding.

Kealoha Suit Against City, Ethics Commission Cost Over $355K Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Suit Against City, Ethics Commission Cost Over $355K

The invoice represents only some of the city’s Kealoha-related legal costs.

Short-Term Rental Owners Consider Options: Lease, Sell Or Leave It Vacant?

Short-Term Rental Owners Consider Options: Lease, Sell Or Leave It Vacant?

Early indications suggest the legislation is working as intended to limit tourists in residential areas and make units available to residents.

Vacation Rental ‘Shakedown’ Nets Hundreds of Innocent Owners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Vacation Rental ‘Shakedown’ Nets Hundreds of Innocent Owners

The city received 390 calls from property owners who said they got warning letters but don’t operate an illegal rental.

Honolulu Sends Warning Letters To 5,000 Owners Of Suspected Illegal Rentals Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Honolulu Sends Warning Letters To 5,000 Owners Of Suspected Illegal Rentals

More aggressive enforcement of laws against unpermitted short-term rentals begins Aug. 1, but some potential violators are hearing from the city now.

Ala Moana Playground Opponents: ‘We’re Being Steamrolled’ Courtesy of Paani Kakou

Ala Moana Playground Opponents: ‘We’re Being Steamrolled’

Council members want the city to seek more public input on a project that is deeply unpopular among many residents.

City To Spend $1 Million On Koko Crater Stairs Courtesy of Jane Howard

City To Spend $1 Million On Koko Crater Stairs

The money will be used mostly for planning long-term repairs, but at least $100,000 will pay for immediate work.

Sweeping Local-Hire Bill Draws Pushback From Nonunion Builders Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Sweeping Local-Hire Bill Draws Pushback From Nonunion Builders

City Councilman Joey Manahan says the purpose of the legislation is to make sure that union labor is used on any public works project worth over $250,000.

Honolulu Councilwoman Wants Increased Lifeguard Coverage Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Honolulu Councilwoman Wants Increased Lifeguard Coverage

Kymberly Pine criticizes Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration for what she considers a lack of action to decrease drownings.

Councilman Menor: Kealoha Case Warrants Internal Reviews Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilman Menor: Kealoha Case Warrants Internal Reviews

He said he wants to know how the misdeeds detailed in a federal corruption case were allowed to go “unchecked.”

Council OKs Bill Allowing Car-Sharing Companies To Rent On-Street Parking Spaces Flickr.com

Council OKs Bill Allowing Car-Sharing Companies To Rent On-Street Parking Spaces

If the mayor signs the measure, the companies could rent 160 on- and off-street parking stalls owned by the city.

  • 1
  • 2