Eric Pape

Eric Pape began his journalism career in 1993 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he evolved from a drug policy analyst into a journalist writing on the U.S. drug war in Latin America — at least when he wasn’t playing “rainforest basketball” alongside coca leaf growers.

He’s since worked as a journalist on five continents — largely for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, but also for the Los Angeles Times and Foreign Policy.

Eric has authored long-form narrative articles for the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine on exiles, ethnic communities in American cities, and the impact of 9/11 on New York City. He has interviewed world-city mayors, heads of state, a former dictator or two, accused war criminals and a convicted terrorist on his release from prison for his involvement in an assassination in Washington, D.C. While living in Manhattan, Eric wrote on extremism, terrorism and the evolution of the city’s ethnic diversity.

He has contributed to The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, the LA Weekly, Los Angeles magazine, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, and Vibe magazine. His writings on Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo for Spin magazine earned a special mention and inclusion in the annual “Best Music Writing” journalism anthologies.

His formative journalism experiences came in Southeast Asia, where he focused on investigative reporting on the end of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge movement, particularly brutal human rights abuses, and a violent political power struggle.

Newsweek magazine hired Eric to work out of its Paris bureau in 2003 as a special correspondent on Europe and northern Africa. He interviewed top politicians, artists and intellectuals, and reported on the ground in Madrid on the terrorist train bombings of 2004, from the streets of Parisian ghettos during fiery riots that rocked France in 2005, and on the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Eric has often appeared as a commentator/analyst on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Al-Jazeera, the BBC, and dozens of other broadcasters in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He speaks Spanish and French, and is a co-author of Shake Girl, a graphic novel that was based on one of his articles.

He was a 2008 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Previously, he earned a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an MA in International Journalism from City University in London. Eric grew up on the west side of Los Angeles, mostly in Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

Here in Hawaii, he is particularly interested in the global diversity on these islands, not to mention their elaborate links to the world beyond these shores.

He is available to chat about these and other things, and he’s especially eager to hear about the best pick-up basketball game in town. Reach him at and follow him on Twitter at @ericpape.

December 2015

Thursday, December 24

Living Hawaii: Did Houston Have A Solution?

Friday, December 18

Living Hawaii: Is Cheap Oil NextEra’s Enemy?

Wednesday, December 16

NextEra Merger Hearing’s Lessons In Local Values

Monday, December 7

PUC Chair Questions If NextEra Can Be Trusted With Hawaiian Electric

Thursday, December 3

Gleason: NextEra Committed To Hawaii ‘For Decades’

Wednesday, December 2

Iwase: Lack Of Transparency At NextEra Hearing Is ‘Going To Smell’

Tuesday, December 1

A Public Hearing On The NextEra Deal Turns Out To Be Not So Public

November 2015

Monday, November 30

Department of Defense Voices Support For $4.3 Billion Power Merger As Hearing Begins

Wednesday, November 25

Living Hawaii: Kauai’s Search For Cheaper Electricity

Friday, November 20

Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution?

Tuesday, November 17

Living Hawaii: Rooftop Solar Boosts Home Values

Friday, November 13

Living Hawaii: It’s The Land That Really Drives Up Honolulu’s Home Prices

Monday, November 9

Living Hawaii: So You Say You Want To End The Housing Crisis?

Tuesday, November 3

Welcome To The High Cost Of Living

Monday, November 2

Living Hawaii: Gov David Ige Talks About The State’s Energy Future

October 2015

Thursday, October 29

Living Hawaii: Henk Rogers And His Quest For Energy Independence

Wednesday, October 28

Hawaii Has More Jobs, Needs Better Incomes

Monday, October 26

Living Hawaii: Why Is Hawaiian Electric Ready To Cash Out?

Monday, October 19

Living Hawaii: Does Hawaiian Electric Need to Be More Like Uber?

Monday, October 12

Living Hawaii: Can We End Our Oil Addiction With the Help of Electric Cars, Buses and Rail?

Monday, October 5

Living Hawaii: HECO President Says Cheap Electricity Is a Pipe Dream in Hawaii

Thursday, October 1

Is Anybody More Local Than Ben Cayetano?

September 2015

Tuesday, September 22

Living Hawaii: Survey Finds Honolulu One of the World’s Costliest Cities

Thursday, September 17

Living Hawaii: Electric Rebellion

Thursday, September 10

Living Hawaii: Why We Need a Low-Cost Road to Renewable Energy

Tuesday, September 8

Living Hawaii: NextEra ‘Chaos’ Is About Crafting a Better Deal for Hawaii Consumers

August 2015

Monday, August 31

Living Hawaii: How Cheaper Energy Could Change Our Lives

Friday, August 28

Living Hawaii: Honolulu Is the Nation’s Most Expensive City for Singles

Tuesday, August 18

Living Hawaii: Can We Un-corner Markets in Our Over-Priced State?

Tuesday, August 11

Living Hawaii: Why Are Honolulu Rents Getting More Expensive?

Friday, August 7

Living Hawaii: Elevating the Discussion About Tiny Homes and Housing

July 2015

Friday, July 31

Living Hawaii: Many Residents Are Leaving High-Priced Honolulu

Monday, July 6

Living Hawaii: The Nation’s Worst Place to Earn a Living

June 2015

Thursday, June 25

Living Hawaii: Bridging the Space Between Islands Could Lower Costs

Wednesday, June 17

Living Hawaii: How Military Policies Drive Up Rents on Oahu

Friday, June 12

The $1 Billion Research Plan

Tuesday, June 9

Living Hawaii: Boost Property Taxes on Out-of-State Owners to Ease Housing Costs

Thursday, June 4

Living Hawaii: How Island Appeal Adds to the Nation’s Highest Rents

Wednesday, June 3

Honolulu Is Bad at Creating Livable Wage Jobs

May 2015

Friday, May 29

Farewell Horizon Lines, Hello Less Competition in Shipping for Hawaii

Tuesday, May 26

Living Hawaii: Where Life Isn’t as Expensive for Military Veterans

Tuesday, May 19

Living Hawaii: Our Retirement Boom May Cost Us Dearly

Tuesday, May 12

Living Hawaii: Some Reasons Not to Start a Career in Honolulu

Friday, May 8

Living Hawaii: You Are Not Alone — The Toll of the Price of Paradise

Monday, May 4

Living Hawaii: The Jones Act, the Cost of Living and the Search for the Truth

April 2015

Monday, April 27

Living Hawaii: The Jones Act Pays Off — in Politics

Friday, April 24

Living Hawaii: Know the Price Tag of Retirement in the Islands

Thursday, April 23

Living Hawaii: We’re Rolling Out Your Stories on the High Price of Paradise

Thursday, April 16

Living Hawaii: Before Rail and GMOs, There Was the Jones Act

Monday, April 6

Living Hawaii: How Much Does Shipping Increase the Cost of Living?

March 2015

Thursday, March 26

Living Hawaii: Could More Overtime Pay Help Our High Cost of Living?

Wednesday, March 18

Living Hawaii: Can Millennial Generation Help Bring Down Price of Paradise?

Friday, March 13

Honolulu Salaries Plummet When the Cost of Living Is Factored In

Monday, March 9

Living Hawaii: Can We Overcome the Problem of Low Salaries?

February 2015

Thursday, February 26

Living Hawaii: Warning Signs — Many People Can Earn More Elsewhere

Monday, February 23

Living Hawaii: How Do You Pay the Price of Paradise?

Friday, February 13

Living Hawaii: Is There Finally Some Hope on the Housing Front?

Wednesday, February 11

Living Hawaii: The American Dream Is Broken for the Middle Class

Thursday, February 5

Living Hawaii: Middle-Class Millionaires

January 2015

Wednesday, January 28

Living Hawaii: Who Can Afford to Retire in the Islands?

Monday, January 26

Living Hawaii: Why the Islands Need Mobile Homes — and Don’t Have Them

Monday, January 12

Living Hawaii: Where Real Estate Is King

Wednesday, January 7

When a Patient’s Death is Broadcast Without Permission