Civil Beat Staff

Claire Caulfield

Claire Caulfield is a reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat and audio producer for the Offshore podcast.

She previously worked at KJZZ 91.5 FM, the NPR station for Phoenix, Arizona, as a Morning Edition producer and reporter covering everything from the science of snails to medical marijuana policy.

In 2017 she directed a documentary on how widespread drinking water contamination affects low-income Americans and communities of color. “Troubled Water” went on to earn a number of awards, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy and a Webby award. She also produced and edited a documentary about the birth of southern gangster rap and its intersection with the criminal justice system of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.

Her previous experience in community engagement constantly reminds her to focus on issues that readers care about and can dialogue with in a productive way. For Claire, this means reporting on climate change, contamination of natural resources and environmental justice.

Claire is a proud graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism where she filed stories on the 2016 election from New York City, Native American policy from the nation’s capital and community issues from downtown Phoenix.

If you want to talk about island issues or chat about your favorite podcasts, contact Claire at ccaulfield@civilbeat.org, (808)650-1134 or @CaulfieldCM.

Can Aquarium Fishing Be Sustainable? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Can Aquarium Fishing Be Sustainable?

A group wants to reopen waters around the Big Island for commercial aquarium fishing, raising questions about the environmental impact of the multimillion-dollar industry.

The Surprising History Of Hawaiians In The Civil War Joel Abroad / Creative Commons

The Surprising History Of Hawaiians In The Civil War

More than 100 Native Hawaiians fought in America’s bloodiest war. Finding out what happened to them is a near-impossible task.

Honolulu Is Testing Sewage To Watch For The Spread Of COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Is Testing Sewage To Watch For The Spread Of COVID-19

Oahu has begun testing sewage for COVID-19, hoping to get an early warning of outbreaks and increase consumer confidence as the island reopens.

Officials Worry About Baby Monk Seal As Beaches Reopen Courtesy: Hawaii Marine Animal Response

Officials Worry About Baby Monk Seal As Beaches Reopen

Crowded beaches on the holiday weekend could pose risks to a young monk seal spotted along the Kaiwi shoreline.

Where in the World Do We Send Our Recycling? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Where in the World Do We Send Our Recycling?

These six graphs show how Hawaii’s trash circled the globe last year.

Are Cats Bad For Hawaii’s Environment? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Are Cats Bad For Hawaii’s Environment?

Yes, cats can catch COVID-19, but that’s not the only reason to keep them indoors. For the health of Hawaii’s native animals, experts say all cats should be indoor pets.

How Do I Grow My Own Food During A Pandemic? Courtesy Melani Spielman

How Do I Grow My Own Food During A Pandemic?

Reduce your trips to the grocery store with these tips on home gardening in Hawaii, and help the environment while you’re at it.

Judge: Endangered Species Habitat on Big Island Must Be Protected Courtesy Karl Magnacca

Judge: Endangered Species Habitat on Big Island Must Be Protected

Order comes seven years after the plants and animals were listed as endangered.

What Can We Do With All Our Unrecyclable Plastic? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

What Can We Do With All Our Unrecyclable Plastic?

Here are three innovative solutions to tackle the flood of plastic pollution that can never be recycled.

EPA: Hawaii Must Consider Plastic Pollution’s Effect On Water Quality Courtesy Matthew Chauvin/NOAA

EPA: Hawaii Must Consider Plastic Pollution’s Effect On Water Quality

UPDATED: The state health department is now required to review how plastic affects water after the federal agency found it ignored evidence and data.

Is Climate Change Affecting The Spread Of Disease? Courtesy: Bret Nainoa Mossman/MFBRP

Is Climate Change Affecting The Spread Of Disease?

A warming climate could negatively impact Hawaii residents’ ability to fight off diseases like the flu and COVID-19, and will enable the spread of more ailments.

How Do You Talk To People About Climate Change Without Freaking Them Out? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

How Do You Talk To People About Climate Change Without Freaking Them Out?

A majority of adults in Hawaii know global warming is happening, but not many discuss the issue with friends, family or co-workers.