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 You can follow her on Twitter @ChristinaJedra.

December 2020

Tuesday, December 29

Kirk Caldwell’s Legacy As Honolulu Mayor Is Marred By Rail And Homelessness

Monday, December 28

Are Open-Book Tests Making It Too Easy To Become A Honolulu Police Officer?

Wednesday, December 23

Some Honolulu Police Officers Are Doubling Their Salaries With Overtime

Wednesday, December 16

What Did HPD Do To Prevent Another Kealoha Scandal? Not Much, Chief Says

Tuesday, December 15

Louis Kealoha Ordered To Pay Back His $250,000 Retirement Settlement

Saturday, December 5

Kealoha Scandal Hasn’t Led To Major Reforms At Prosecutor’s Office, Audit Finds

Thursday, December 3

Audit: HPD Could Do More To Prevent Officer Misconduct

Honolulu Taxpayers Will Foot The Bill For HPD Overtime Abuse

Wednesday, December 2

Police Commissioner: People Want Answers On HPD’s Low Crime-Solving Rate

The Sorry State Of Public Information In Hawaii – And Why You Should Care

November 2020

Friday, November 20

City Is ‘Looking At Everything’ To Avoid Layoffs Or Pay Cuts

Wednesday, November 18

New Honolulu Police Commissioner Pushes For More Info On Use Of Force

Tuesday, November 17

We’re Entering A New Era In Honolulu Politics

Monday, November 9

Caldwell: Vigilance Needed To Loosen Restrictions By Thanksgiving

Friday, November 6

HPD Needs A Conflict Of Interest Policy, Commission Says

Thursday, November 5

Why Honolulu Chose Rick Blangiardi Over Keith Amemiya

Tuesday, November 3

Honolulu City Council: Kiaaina, Cordero And Tulba Win

Honolulu Mayor: Rick Blangiardi Declares Victory, Keith Amemiya Concedes

Monday, November 2

Easy Targets? Some Oahu Homeless Have Been Ticketed Dozens Of Times During The Pandemic

October 2020

Monday, October 26

Lawsuit: HPD Officer Unlawfully Arrested Son’s High School Classmate

Thursday, October 22

No Rest For The Homeless: Bill Would Ban Sitting Almost Anywhere On Oahu

Wednesday, October 21

Federal Bailout Money Is Speeding Up Gun Permits But Help With Rent Still Lags

Monday, October 19

Honolulu: You Need To Wear Masks Outside, Even With Your Own Family

Thursday, October 15

Honolulu City Council: Young Legislative Staffers Run To Represent Kalihi Area

Tuesday, October 13

Honolulu Council: Government Official Up Against Small Business Owner

Monday, October 12

Honolulu City Council: A Veteran Lawmaker Vs. A Comedian

Saturday, October 10

VIDEOS: Civil Beat Interviews With Keith Amemiya And Rick Blangiardi

Wednesday, October 7

Honolulu Police Chief: Case Closure Stats Are Not As Bad As They Look

Tuesday, October 6

Honolulu Agencies Asked To Identify Potential Budget Cuts Up To 10%

Monday, October 5

Here’s How Honolulu’s Mayoral Candidates Differ — Or Not — On Police Reform

Friday, October 2

Amemiya Maintains Fundraising Lead In Final Stretch Of Mayor’s Race

September 2020

Wednesday, September 30

HPD Crime-Solving Record Is The Worst It’s Been In At Least 40 Years

Monday, September 28

Honolulu Mayor Candidates Debate Whether To Debate

How Honolulu’s Mayoral Candidates Would Tackle The Pandemic

Tuesday, September 22

New Honolulu Plan Opens Beaches, Parks, Social Gatherings To Groups Of 5

Thursday, September 17

Councilwoman Files Ethics Complaints Over Chair’s Departure To Union Job

Honolulu Police Are Issuing An ‘Unprecedented’ Number Of Pandemic Tickets

Wednesday, September 16

CARES-Funded Lab Hitting Delays In Delivering Coronavirus Tests

Monday, September 14

This Is How Honolulu Is Spending $387 Million In CARES Act Money

Friday, September 11

Honolulu Council Chair Ikaika Anderson Already On Payroll Of Local Union

Thursday, September 10

HPD Is Getting Millions To Enforce The Shutdown While Aid For Struggling Residents Lags

Wednesday, September 9

City: People With Disabilities May Visit Parks, Beaches With A Caregiver

Ikaika Anderson Resigns From Honolulu City Council

Tuesday, September 8

Oahu Parks, Beaches To Reopen – But Only For Solo Activity

Friday, September 4

Campaign Spending Commission Investigating Anti-Amemiya PAC

Tuesday, September 1

Honolulu Prosecutor Back On Job Amid Ongoing Investigation

August 2020

Thursday, August 27

Payments From Honolulu’s $25 Million Hardship Fund Are Mired In Red Tape

Wednesday, August 26

Honolulu Is Taking Contact Tracing Into Its Own Hands

Tuesday, August 25

Oahu Goes Back To Stay-At-Home Order While Virus Testing Ramps Up

Monday, August 24

Alm To Kau: Ask Me For A Job When I’m Elected Prosecutor

Beaches, Parks, Trails Closed? Honolulu Mayor’s COVID-19 Rules Defy Science, Experts Say

Sunday, August 23

Honolulu Police Officer Awaiting Trial For Domestic Abuse

Tuesday, August 18

Caldwell Files To Officially Replace Corporation Counsel Under Investigation

Saturday, August 8

Honolulu Mayor: Blangiardi And Amemiya Advance To Runoff

Thursday, August 6

The Interisland Travel Quarantine Is Coming Back, Oahu Beaches And Parks To Close Again

Wednesday, August 5

Fundraising For Gubernatorial Contenders On Hold During Pandemic

Tuesday, August 4

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

July 2020

Friday, July 31

Honolulu Managing Director ‘Subject’ Of Federal Investigation

Thursday, July 30

Oahu Bars To Close For Three Weeks Starting Friday

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

Tuesday, July 28

Getting A Ballot In The Mail For Your Dead Relative Is Not As Weird As It Seems

Thursday, July 23

Where Honolulu’s Prosecutor Candidates Stand On Criminal Justice Reform

Wednesday, July 22

Honolulu Police Chief Denies Racial Disparities Are Proof Of Profiling

Union Labor Now Required On Big Honolulu Public Works Jobs

How Kym Pine Is Using the ‘Power Of Incumbency’ In Mayor’s Race

Monday, July 20

Honolulu Replaces Head Of COVID Recovery Agency Hired Just Weeks Ago

Thursday, July 16

This New PAC Is Attacking Mayoral Candidate Keith Amemiya

Monday, July 13

Colleen Hanabusa: ‘You Don’t Need Someone Who Needs Training Wheels’

Sunday, July 12

Kym Pine: The New Face Of ‘Working Families’ Or Just The Status Quo?

Friday, July 10

Amemiya, Alm Lead Campaign Money Races For Mayor, Prosecutor

Keith Amemiya: Political Outsider Or Establishment Insider?

Thursday, July 9

Rick Blangiardi: This Former TV Exec Wants To Be CEO Of Honolulu

Wednesday, July 8

Mufi Hannemann: He Was Mayor Once Before. Will That Help Or Hurt With Voters?

Thursday, July 2

Honolulu Sued Over Fatal Police Shooting Of Waianae Man

How Rick Blangiardi Got Caught Up In A 1980s Bank Fraud Scheme

June 2020

Friday, June 26

Hawaii Increases Funding For Homeless Sweeps

Saturday, June 13

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser Is Gutting Its Newsroom

Wednesday, June 10

Survey Counts Over 4,400 Homeless People On Oahu Before COVID-19

Monday, June 8

Honolulu Police To Temporarily Halt Use Of Vascular Neck Restraints

Caldwell Names Two New Honolulu Police Commissioners

Thursday, June 4

Honolulu Is On The Brink Of A New Political Era

Tuesday, June 2

Honolulu Unveils $19 Million Plan To Coordinate Economic Recovery

Monday, June 1

Mufi Hannemann Is Running For Honolulu Mayor — Again

May 2020

Wednesday, May 27

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Tout Experience, Need For Change

Tuesday, May 26

Honolulu Hair Salons, Offices, Gyms Will Reopen In Waves Starting Friday

Saturday, May 23

Another Crackdown On Honolulu’s Homeless Has Legal Experts Crying Foul

Thursday, May 21

The Pay Keeps Flowing For Accused Honolulu Officials On Leave

Wednesday, May 20

The Navy Replaced Its Leaky Fuel Tanks In California. Why Not Oahu? 

Friday, May 15

Honolulu Council Rebuked Again For Violating Open Meetings Law

Thursday, May 14

Ige Wants To Extend Hawaii’s Travel Quarantine Through June

Wednesday, May 13

How Honolulu Will Spend $487 Million In Federal Funds

Tuesday, May 12

Pandemic Forces Honolulu Council To Slash Budget

Wednesday, May 6

Honolulu Moving To Expand Crackdown On Homeless

Honolulu To Allow Delayed Property Tax Payments

Tuesday, May 5

Some Hawaii Businesses Including Malls Will Reopen By Thursday

Monday, May 4

A Prominent Developer Was Charged With Assault. Then The Case Languished For A Year

Sunday, May 3

Hawaii’s Media Is Surviving On Federal Assistance And Community Support

April 2020

Wednesday, April 29

Honolulu Official On Leave After Sex Abuse Accusations In Lawsuit

COVID-19 Monitoring Could Turn Hawaii Into A Tourist ‘Prison Camp,’ Critics Say

Thursday, April 16

Paused For Pandemic, Honolulu Homeless Sweeps To Resume

Wednesday, April 15

Coronavirus Site For Oahu’s Homeless Will Not Offer Testing

Tuesday, April 14

Honolulu Will Require Masks At Businesses And Riding Transit

Monday, April 13

Hawaii’s Not Ready For A Wave Of Evictions Caused By The Pandemic

Wednesday, April 8

Nonprofit Plans To Stock Oahu Public Bathrooms During Pandemic

Tuesday, April 7

Caldwell Stops Waimanalo Project ‘Indefinitely’ After Bone Discovery

New Honolulu Tent Program Will Allow Social Distancing For The Homeless

Monday, April 6

Construction Resumes At Waimanalo Park Despite Pandemic And Protest

Thursday, April 2

Oahu Homeless Shelters Are Desperate For More Room As Virus Looms

Wednesday, April 1

Honolulu Mayor: Prison May Be ‘Safest Place’ To Ride Out COVID-19

March 2020

Tuesday, March 31

Hawaii Reports First COVID-19 Death

Monday, March 30

Honolulu Council Axes Caldwell Budget Increases As Virus Concerns Grow

Friday, March 27

Honolulu Steps Up Effort To Protect Homeless Population From Virus

Tuesday, March 24

Honolulu To Reopen Public Bathrooms, State Keeps Theirs Closed

Honolulu’s Spending On Homeless Stagnates Even As Problem Persists

Monday, March 23

‘Borderline Criminal’: Honolulu Not Following CDC Advice For Homeless

Sunday, March 22

Honolulu Mayor Orders ‘Stay At Home, Work From Home’ For All Oahu

Tuesday, March 17

Condo ‘Disaster’: Waikiki Maintenance Fees Hit $1,800

Monday, March 16

Honolulu Closes Facilities, Cancels Events As Coronavirus Spreads

Friday, March 13

Honolulu Cancels Meetings And Travel, Considers Disaster Funding

Honolulu: Virus Outbreak Is No Excuse To Not Pay Your Property Tax

Friday, March 6

Judge: Honolulu City Council Violated Open Meetings Law

Thursday, March 5

Microsoft Preps Vets For Careers In Tech

Wednesday, March 4

Honolulu Agrees To Post Financial Disclosures Online

Tuesday, March 3

Honolulu’s $2.98 Billion Budget: More Rail Funding and Police, No Tax Increase

Monday, March 2

Honolulu Ethics Commission Scrubs Financial Disclosures From Website

February 2020

Friday, February 28

This Oahu Developer Is Planting A Native Hawaiian Forest

Tuesday, February 25

Caldwell Took In $155,000+ From Territorial Bank in 2019

Monday, February 24

HART Employee Reported Improper Use Of Federal Funds In 2015

Wednesday, February 19

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

Tuesday, February 11

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

Saturday, February 1

Amemiya Raises Most Campaign Cash In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

January 2020

Friday, January 31

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

Wednesday, January 29

The Honolulu Morgue Is Still A Mess

Tuesday, January 28

More Investors Could Mean Increased Affordable Housing

Monday, January 27

Hawaii Is Seriously Short On Census Job Applicants

Thursday, January 16

Honolulu Sues To Recoup Kealoha Retirement Money

Wednesday, January 15

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

Monday, January 13

Oahu Is Overhauling How It Counts The Homeless

Friday, January 10

Trump Blames States For Homeless. Don’t Take The Bait, Former Official Warns Hawaii

Tuesday, January 7

Hawaii Is No Longer No. 1 For Homelessness. New York Is Worse

Audit: Honolulu Can’t Meet Building Industry Demands For Permits

Monday, January 6

Why Are Soldier Suicides On The Rise?