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.

What Are The Long-Term Impacts of Microplastic Pollution in Hawaii? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

What Are The Long-Term Impacts of Microplastic Pollution in Hawaii?

The amount of microplastics washing up on Hawaiian beaches is expected to double by 2030.

How Will Climate Change Affect Surfing In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Will Climate Change Affect Surfing In Hawaii?

Some iconic surf breaks could be completely eliminated while others will see bigger waves than ever before.

Recycle or Burn: What’s The Carbon Impact of Honolulu’s Trash? Richard Wiens/Civil Beat

Recycle or Burn: What’s The Carbon Impact of Honolulu’s Trash?

Oahu’s waste-to-power facility has a hidden carbon cost, but is it better than shipping all our recyclables off-island?

Where Do All Of Hawaii’s Recyclables Go? No One Knows For Sure Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Where Do All Of Hawaii’s Recyclables Go? No One Knows For Sure

Hawaii is unlikely to get a recycling facility anytime soon, so your soda cans and water bottles must travel thousands of miles to be recycled.

Hawaii’s Push To Plant Millions Of Trees Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Push To Plant Millions Of Trees

Climate change, bureaucracy and goats are all complicating efforts to combat carbon emissions with more greenery.

Fish Poop: Our Secret Weapon Against Beach Erosion Courtesy: Randy Chiu/Flickr

Fish Poop: Our Secret Weapon Against Beach Erosion

The uhu fish are “lawnmowers of the sea” and play a vital role in producing sand. But they’re at risk.

Is Your Sunscreen Actually Reef-Safe? Courtesy of Kiera Ryon and Kiana Liu

Is Your Sunscreen Actually Reef-Safe?

Hint: It’s not enough to look for a “reef-friendly” label on sunscreens.

Freaking Out About Climate Change? This Might Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Freaking Out About Climate Change? This Might Help

Civil Beat follows an Ala Moana resident looking for ways to help with climate change in the first episode of “Are We Doomed? And Other Burning Environmental Questions.”

Ask Civil Beat your questions about Hawaii’s environment

Ask Civil Beat your questions about Hawaii’s environment

You could be featured in our new podcast: “Are We Doomed? And other burning environmental questions.”

Bans, Trade-Ins and Take-Homes: Ideas For Reducing Food Packaging in Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bans, Trade-Ins and Take-Homes: Ideas For Reducing Food Packaging in Hawaii

The movement to reduce single-use plastics in Hawaii is moving beyond straws, but current health codes restrict personal containers from being used at take-out restaurants.

Some ‘Reef-Safe’ Sunscreens May Not Be Safe After All Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some ‘Reef-Safe’ Sunscreens May Not Be Safe After All

Mineral-based sunscreens are viewed as an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical sunscreens, but could still be harmful in large concentrations.

This Program Diverted Tons Of Trash From Landfills. Now It Might End Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

This Program Diverted Tons Of Trash From Landfills. Now It Might End

Eight schools applied for funding under a new state law aimed at expanding campus composting programs, but the DOE awarded the grant money to an engineering firm instead.

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