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.

December 2019

Tuesday, December 10

Honolulu City Council Voted On Company’s Project Then Let It Buy Lunch

Friday, December 6

Navy Officials Refuse To Answer Questions About Pearl Harbor Shooting

Authorities Identify Pearl Harbor Shooting Victims

Thursday, December 5

Pearl Harbor Shooter ID’d As 22-Year-Old Sailor

Tuesday, December 3

Security Deposits Put Housing Out Of Reach For Some In Hawaii

November 2019

Thursday, November 21

Former Judge Steve Alm Announces Bid For Prosecuting Attorney

Wednesday, November 20

Acting Honolulu Prosecutor Hit With Federal Subpoena

Tuesday, November 19

Schatz To Marines: Rethink Project That Threatens Ewa Beach

Monday, November 18

Audit: Monster Houses Still Running Amok Despite City Law

Ewa Beach Residents Want Marines To Take Another Look At Retaining Wall

Friday, November 15

Honolulu Taxpayers Are Footing The Bill For Defense Lawyers’ Rail Advice

Wednesday, November 13

Controversial Ala Moana Playground Is A ‘Gift’ City Council May Refuse

Tuesday, November 5

Honolulu To Fossil Fuel Companies: Pay For Our Climate Change Damages

Monday, November 4

Waianae Harbor Homeless Say They’ve Lined Up Land For Future Village

October 2019

Thursday, October 31

‘Shadow Flicker’ And Lost Sleep: Are Kahuku Wind Turbines Too Close To Homes?

Monday, October 28

Lawsuit: Last-Minute Honolulu Talk on Mauna Kea Violated Meeting Law

Friday, October 25

Feds Demanded Rail Information From Honolulu City Hall

Tuesday, October 22

Criminal Probe Into Rail Might Creep Into Honolulu Hale, Attorneys Fear

How To Remove Homeless People From A Park? Close It, Honolulu Says

Monday, October 21

Honolulu Medical Examiner, Highest Paid City Employee, Resigns

With Eye On Mauna Kea, Oahu Isn’t Letting Protesters Stop Unpopular Projects

Friday, October 18

Wind Farm Protesters Arrested As They Blockade Road For Construction Vehicles

Navy Resists Calls To Relocate Or Strengthen Red Hill Fuel Tanks

Friday, October 11

How Honolulu’s Japanese, Spurned At The Library, Made Their Own Bookstore Culture

Thursday, October 3

Formerly Homeless Now In Charge Of $3.8M Grant To Help Kids Still On The Streets

September 2019

Friday, September 27

Opponents Of Sherwood Forest Development File Lawsuit Against Honolulu, Federal Government

Hefty Property Fine? Honolulu Will Happily Settle For 10%

Thursday, September 26

Police Arrest 28 Protesters Blocking Construction At Waimanalo Park

Wednesday, September 25

Kealoha Corruption Probe Is Why Honolulu Is Paying A Mainland Law Firm To Fight The Feds

Keep The Change: Honolulu Won’t Try To Recover Almost $100,000 It Overpaid Workers

Friday, September 20

Why The Growing Demand For AC Threatens Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goals

Wednesday, September 18

Honolulu Will Pay For ‘Confidential’ Criminal Defense Work For Years

Thursday, September 12

‘This Is Our Mauna Kea’: Oahu Wind Farm Opponents Say They’re Inspired By Big Island Protests

Thursday, September 5

Kealoha Cases Are Racking Up ‘Endless’ Taxpayer Legal Bills

Wednesday, September 4

Honolulu Council OKs Funds To Shield Records Seized By Feds

Tuesday, September 3

Attorney Megan Kau Announces Run For Honolulu Prosecutor

August 2019

Friday, August 30

Honolulu Fighting Disclosure of Records, Emails Seized by Feds, Councilman Says

Wednesday, August 28

Ala Moana Sand Replenishment Will Kill Sand-Dwelling Creatures, Researchers Say

Tuesday, August 27

‘Stop The Scandals’: Businessman Keith Amemiya Says He’s Running For Mayor

Monday, August 26

Honolulu Invests $500,000 To Reach Hardest-To-Serve Homeless People

Friday, August 23

Councilwoman Tsuneyoshi To Biki: Pay Up For Public Space

Tuesday, August 20

Critics Question Former Council Chair’s Ties To North Shore Project

Monday, August 12

Tourists Scramble As Oahu Vacation Rentals Disappear Under New Law

Wednesday, August 7

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

Friday, August 2

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

July 2019

Friday, July 26

Vacation Rental ‘Shakedown’ Nets Hundreds of Innocent Owners

Thursday, July 25

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

Tuesday, July 23

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

City To Spend $1 Million On Koko Crater Stairs

Monday, July 22

Sweeping Local-Hire Bill Draws Pushback From Nonunion Builders

Wednesday, July 3

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

June 2019

Sunday, June 30

Hawaii Teen Tells Politicians: Listen To Us, Or We’ll Vote You Out

Thursday, June 27

Mainland Mayors Face Backlash For Business Trip To Honolulu

Tuesday, June 25

City Will Use ‘Digital Stings’ To Nab Illegal Vacation Rentals Starting Aug. 1

Monday, June 24

Caldwell Wants City To Take Over Haiku Stairs In Honolulu

Sunday, June 23

Stairway to Heaven Could Be Removed By 2022

Monday, June 17

Honolulu Council Approves Crackdown On Vacation Rentals

Wednesday, June 5

Honolulu City Council Approves $23 Million To Aid The Homeless