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.

December 2021

Wednesday, December 1

Fearing Contamination, Honolulu Has Slowed Pumping At A Well Near Red Hill

Petroleum Detected In Water Sample From Red Hill Elementary School, State Says

November 2021

Tuesday, November 30

Navy Advises Residents Near Pearl Harbor To Run Water To Flush System

Monday, November 29

State Tells Pearl Harbor Navy Families Not To Drink Or Use Tap Water

Honolulu’s Vacation Rental Crackdown May Hurt The North Shore Surfing Scene

Tuesday, November 23

Honolulu Mayor Lifts More Pandemic Restrictions On Large Events

Monday, November 22

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

Wednesday, November 17

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

Wednesday, November 10

Honolulu’s Battle Against Short-Term Rentals Begins Again 

Tuesday, November 9

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

Wednesday, November 3

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

Tuesday, November 2

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

October 2021

Thursday, October 28

Navy On The Defensive As Criticism Of Red Hill Fuel Facility Intensifies

Wednesday, October 27

State Fines Navy $325,000 For Environmental Violations At Red Hill Fuel Facility

Tuesday, October 26

Navy Says Fuel From Red Hill Pipeline Likely Leaked Into Soil After Human Error

Monday, October 25

The Next Community To Host Oahu’s Landfill Can Learn From The Westside

Friday, October 22

Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation Stops Short Of Demanding Closure Of Red Hill Fuel Facility

Wednesday, October 20

Red Hill Decision Delayed For Probe Of Navy’s Alleged Lack of Disclosure

Tuesday, October 19

Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into Whether Navy Misled Regulators On Red Hill

Wednesday, October 13

Assault Charge Filed Against Honolulu Developer Dismissed By Court

Friday, October 8

Amid ‘Political Concerns,’ Navy Kept Quiet About Red Hill Pipeline Leaking Into Pearl Harbor

Thursday, October 7

Salary Data Shows Hundreds Of Honolulu City Employees Earn Much More Than Residents

Tuesday, October 5

Honolulu To Pay $10 Million To Family Of Man Killed By Driver Fleeing Police

September 2021

Thursday, September 30

Judge Orders Release Of All Body Camera Footage In Sykap Shooting Case

Wednesday, September 29

New Restrictions For Oahu Short-Term Rentals Advance To City Council

Years Before Indictments, Honolulu Permitting Department Was Warned About Corrupt Culture

Friday, September 24

US House Passes Bill With Enhanced Standards For Red Hill Fuel Facility

Tuesday, September 21

Four Years After A Toddler Died Of Scalding, Her Mother Still Seeks Answers

Tuesday, September 14

Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Hawaiian Airlines Covered Up Sexual Assaults, Security Failures

August 2021

Tuesday, August 31

Honolulu Airbnbs Shut Down When The Pandemic Began. The Mayor Wants To Keep It That Way

Monday, August 30

Two Honolulu Police Officers Are Under Investigation For Assault Of Prisoner

Friday, August 27

Honolulu SWAT Officer Shoots And Kills Man In Kakaako Apartment Building

Thursday, August 26

HPD’s Use Of CARES Act Money On Robot Dog, ATVs And Overtime Was Legit, Feds Say

Wednesday, August 25

Lawsuit: Hawaii County Police Failed To Announce Themselves Before Killing Man

Monday, August 23

Defiant Prosecutor Chastises HPD And Judge For Actions In Sykap Case

The Brady List: Why Police Are Supposed To Tell Prosecutors About Dishonest Cops

Friday, August 20

Detective Alleges Retaliation For Criticizing HPD Inaction In Missing Baby Case 

Wednesday, August 18

Honolulu Officers Will Not Be Tried In Sykap Killing, Judge Rules

Tuesday, August 17

Defense Suggests Honolulu Officers Were In ‘Zone Of Danger’ Before Shooting Teen

Thursday, August 12

Lawsuit Alleges HPD Shot, Killed Man Without Justification

Wednesday, August 11

HPD Says Man Shot To Death By Officers Was Coming At Them With A Machete

Tuesday, August 3

In First Six Months In Office, Honolulu Mayor’s Campaign Collected Over $600,000

July 2021

Wednesday, July 28

Sykap Hearing Focuses On Whether Officer Shot Teen To Protect Colleague

Tuesday, July 27

BB Gun Was Found In Stolen Car After Police Shooting, Witnesses Say

Honolulu Police Commission Fails To Detail Its Public Agendas, Complaint Says

Wednesday, July 21

Honolulu Police Commission Struggles To Line Up Consultant To Help Hire Police Chief

June 2021

Tuesday, June 29

After Embezzling To Fund ‘Luxurious Lifestyle,’ Former Nonprofit Exec Begs For Leniency

Friday, June 25

Honolulu Officers Charged In Police Shooting Appear In Court

Wednesday, June 23

Community Members Want A Voice In Hiring Honolulu’s Next Police Chief

Friday, June 18

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

Tuesday, June 15

Honolulu Officers Face Murder Charges In Sykap Case

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

Saturday, June 12

Blangiardi Nominates Ann Botticelli To Honolulu Police Commission

Friday, June 11

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

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

Thursday, June 10

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

Wednesday, June 9

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Officers In Sykap Shooting

ACLU Files Lawsuit Accusing HPD Officer Of Helping His Friend

Monday, June 7

Honolulu Joins A National Debate: When Should Police Bodycam Footage Be Released?

Friday, June 4

Blangiardi Police Commission Nominee Backs Out After Backlash To Discrimination Comments

Thursday, June 3

HPD Officer At The Center Of A $1 Million Wrongful Death Settlement Has A History Of Complaints

Wednesday, June 2

Honolulu Budget: City Council Approves ‘Pathway Out Of The Pandemic’

May 2021

Thursday, May 27

Civil Beat Law Center Sues Prosecutor For Release Of Sykap Shooting Video

Wednesday, May 26

Honolulu Police: Plainclothes Officer Shot Man Who Brandished A Gun

Monday, May 24

Honolulu Police Don’t Always Turn On Their Body Cams. That Needs To Change, Commissioners Say

Friday, May 21

Sykap Family Sues Honolulu Police, Alleging Wrongful Death Of Teen

Wednesday, May 19

ACLU Accuses HPD Officer Of Bias In Favor Of Business Partner

Thursday, May 6

Blangiardi Offering $10 Million In Incentives To Affordable Housing Developers

Oahu To Keep Current Pandemic Restrictions For At Least Four More Weeks

Wednesday, May 5

Honolulu Police Commission Chooses Ballard’s Interim Replacement

Monday, May 3

City Pays $365,000 To Motorist In Crash With HPD

April 2021

Friday, April 30

911 Call: ‘He’s In The House,’ Tearful Woman Tells Police

Thursday, April 29

Honolulu Prosecutor Promises Independent Investigations Into Police Shootings

Wednesday, April 28

Honolulu Prosecutors Have Long Been Stymied When Investigating Police Killings. That’s About To Change

Thursday, April 22

Widow of Lindani Myeni Sues Honolulu Police For Wrongful Death

Wednesday, April 21

Commissioners: Why Isn’t HPD Releasing Body Cam Video Of Teen Shooting?

Tuesday, April 20

Blangiardi Nominates Former Mainland Officer To Honolulu Police Commission

HPD Says It Won’t Release Video Of Officers Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old

Monday, April 19

How Honolulu Will Select Its Next Police Chief

Friday, April 16

Police Body Cam Footage Shows Officers Struggle With, Shoot Man In Nuuanu

Thursday, April 15

HPD: Officers Shot Man After Home Invasion, Assault On Officers

Wednesday, April 14

Honolulu Police Shoot, Kill Break-In Suspect In Nuuanu

Tuesday, April 13

Blangiardi’s Pick For Police Commission Withdraws Nomination

A Building Inspector Took Money From A Homeowner. Her Punishment: 2 Years Paid Time Off

Friday, April 9

Embattled Honolulu Police Chief Announces Retirement

Wednesday, April 7

Police Commission Slams Chief For Leadership Failures, Puts Her On Improvement Plan

Blangiardi And Ige Agree To Keep Looser COVID Restrictions Despite Rising Cases

City Permits Employee Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribe To Expedite Project

New Honolulu Police Policy On Using Force Aims To Defuse Tense Situations

Tuesday, April 6

As Honolulu Opens Up, Some Artists Wonder Why Their Venue Is Still Shut Down

Monday, April 5

Honolulu Police Chase And Shooting Leaves 16-Year-Old Suspect Dead, Others Injured

Despite Rising Cases, Blangiardi ‘Dead Set Against’ Return To Tier 2 For Honolulu

HPD Chief Susan Ballard Is Up For Review This Week. Is She Still Up To The Job?

March 2021

Tuesday, March 30

Five Honolulu Planning Department Employees Indicted For Bribery

Monday, March 29

Na Leo CEO To Take Leave Following Bribery Allegations

Sunday, March 28

Hawaii Nonprofit Leader Pleads Guilty To Embezzling And Agreeing To Take A Bribe

Friday, March 26

Honolulu Police Overtime Reached New Heights In The Last Fiscal Year

Wednesday, March 24

Blangiardi Nominates Former HPD Officer For Police Commission

Tuesday, March 23

Despite Lawsuit, HPD Still Lacks Conflict Of Interest Policy

Monday, March 22

Honolulu Council Hopes Federal Relief Can Reverse Cuts In Blangiardi Budget 

Wednesday, March 17

Consider Shifting Police Funds To Social Services, Police Commission Says

Tuesday, March 16

HPD Lawsuit Settlement: Teen Arrested By Classmate’s Father To Receive $150,000 

Monday, March 15

Budget Realities Undermine Blangiardi’s Vision For Honolulu

Thursday, March 11

Honolulu Adjusts COVID Rules To OK Bars, Large Funerals And Sports

COVID-19 Is Airborne. So Why Doesn’t Hawaii Have Pandemic Air Quality Standards?

Tuesday, March 9

Feds Examining Honolulu Police CARES Spending On ATVs, Robot Dog

Thursday, March 4

Police Commissioners: Redirect HPD Funds To Social Services And Cut Overtime

Tuesday, March 2

Blangiardi Proposes Slashing Honolulu Budget, No Tax Rate Hikes

Monday, March 1

Here’s What Happens When Social Workers, Not Police, Respond To Mental Health Crises

February 2021

Thursday, February 25

Honolulu Council Chair Calls For Audit Of HPD Overtime

Proposal Would Streamline Involuntary Treatment Of Those With Severe Mental Illness

Tuesday, February 23

Mayor: Oahu Pandemic Restrictions Set To Loosen On Thursday

Friday, February 19

Honolulu Mayor Files Financial Disclosure — 3 Weeks Late

Friday, February 12

Honolulu: Blangiardi Keeps Oahu’s Pandemic Restrictions In Place

Thursday, February 11

Hawaii Homeless Program Failed After Prosecutors And Police Wouldn’t Play Ball

Wednesday, February 10

Will This Watchdog Bite? The Honolulu Police Commission Is At A Crossroads

Wednesday, February 3

‘Significant’ Disparity In Use Of Force Questioned By Honolulu Police Commission

January 2021

Friday, January 29

Civil Beat Sues Honolulu Police To Make Officer Overtime Data Public

Monday, January 25

She Was About To Lose Her Job. Then Her Dad’s Department Hired Her

Friday, January 15

Congresswoman Concerned About Hawaii Pandemic Response Got No Answers From Ige

Thursday, January 14

New Honolulu Mayor, Same Pandemic Tier System For Now

Tuesday, January 12

New Honolulu Prosecutor Pledges To Restore Trust

Monday, January 11

City, State Officials Monitoring Threats From Right-Wing Extremists

Sunday, January 10

Honolulu Police Spent $150,000 In CARES Funds On A Robot Dog

Thursday, January 7

Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Could Face Consequences With Help Of US Attorney

Wednesday, January 6

Caldwell’s Top Aide Lands City Council Gig To Cash In On Retirement Benefits