Civil Beat Staff

Jacob Geanous

Jacob Geanous is a reporter on the criminal justice beat. He writes stories about police, prosecutors, the courts, corrections and more in Honolulu.

Previously, Jacob was working on the Documenting COVID-19 project for the Brown Institute, where he wrote pandemic-related stories for THE CITY in New York, WWNO in New Orleans, the Chicago Sun-Times, and The Kansas City Star.

Jacob was also a Stabile Investigative Fellow at Columbia Journalism School in New York City where he published stories on uncounted coronavirus deaths in NYC jails, which sparked a city inquiry, and Hart Island, the city’s mass grave site. Before he worked in journalism, Jacob earned a degree in criminal justice from Mercyhurst North East.

His first journalism job was at The Boston Globe, where he worked for more than a year and a half before joining the Boston Guardian. He later moved to New York City to become an American correspondent for Metro.co.uk.

Jacob was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania so he is used to beaches, just not the waves. Catch him in the water trying to teach himself how to surf.

Jacob welcomes story ideas and anonymous tips at jgeanous@civilbeat.org. You can follow him on Twitter @jacob_geanous.

Honolulu Police Chief Finalists Address Crime And Officer Shortages PBS Hawaii/2022

Honolulu Police Chief Finalists Address Crime And Officer Shortages

The Honolulu Police Commission has said it plans to announce its choice by June, about a year after the previous police chief resigned.

A Look At The 4 Finalists For Honolulu’s Police Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Look At The 4 Finalists For Honolulu’s Police Chief

The four candidates in contention to be the next chief of HPD have over 90 years of combined police service.

Honolulu Police Commission Names 4 Finalists For Police Chief Honolulu Police Commission/2022

Honolulu Police Commission Names 4 Finalists For Police Chief

The Honolulu Police Commission says it is looking for a chief with a “level head and compassionate heart.”

Crime On Oahu Is Bouncing Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Crime On Oahu Is Bouncing Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels

The number of homicides and car thefts have spiked on Hawaii’s most populous island, according to HPD data.

Honolulu Police Chief Finalists Will Face The Public In TV Interview Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Police Chief Finalists Will Face The Public In TV Interview

The Honolulu Police Commission hopes to announce the city’s next police chief by early June.

HPD Officers Involved In Makaha Crash Want Public-Paid Attorneys Honolulu Police Commission

HPD Officers Involved In Makaha Crash Want Public-Paid Attorneys

A contested case hearing will be held to determine if two HPD officers accused of causing a serious crash will get a city-funded legal defense.

Honolulu Man Convicted Of Trafficking Underage Girls In Waikiki Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Man Convicted Of Trafficking Underage Girls In Waikiki

Marquis Green was found guilty by a jury after a trial that dragged on for nearly a decade.

Katherine Kealoha’s Brother Convicted Of Running Prescription Drug Ring Hawaii News Now

Katherine Kealoha’s Brother Convicted Of Running Prescription Drug Ring

Rudolph Puana, a Big Island anesthesiologist, was immediately taken into custody after the jury found him guilty on all 38 counts.

Two Honolulu Police Officers Arrested On Abuse Allegations In Recent Days Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Two Honolulu Police Officers Arrested On Abuse Allegations In Recent Days

HPD data shows that domestic violence-related complaints have historically made up a notable portion of criminal allegations against officers.