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.

Police Officer Falsely Accused Former State Senator Of Being At Massage Parlor Raid Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Police Officer Falsely Accused Former State Senator Of Being At Massage Parlor Raid

Officer Chester Desiderio was the subject of an undisclosed administrative action for Facebook comments he made about former Sen. Will Espero.

Honolulu Police Commission Seeks Public’s Help In Search For New Police Chief Honolulu Police Commission

Honolulu Police Commission Seeks Public’s Help In Search For New Police Chief

The Honolulu Police Commission is urging the community to send in presentations and testimony regarding the search for the new police chief.

Family Of Paralyzed Teen Sues Police, Alleging Injuries Resulted From High-Speed Chase Hawaii News Now

Family Of Paralyzed Teen Sues Police, Alleging Injuries Resulted From High-Speed Chase

Dayten Gouveia was left paralyzed after police allegedly ran a car he was in off the road, causing a severe crash.

Hawaii-Based Soldier Is Sentenced To 62 Years In Jail For Killing His Wife Courtesy: GoFundMe

Hawaii-Based Soldier Is Sentenced To 62 Years In Jail For Killing His Wife

Spc. Raul Hernandez-Perez received nearly the maximum sentence allowed in the killing of his estranged wife, who was an Army veteran.

Soldier Who Admitted Killing His Wife On Schofield Barracks Faces Up To 65 Years In Jail Brewer & Son Funeral Services

Soldier Who Admitted Killing His Wife On Schofield Barracks Faces Up To 65 Years In Jail

Spc. Raul Hernandez-Perez was arrested after his wife’s body was found in a trash can at their home on Jan. 13.

Weed And Seed Program Is Making Chinatown Safer, Officials Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Weed And Seed Program Is Making Chinatown Safer, Officials Say

The program launched in July and already, more than 70 have been arrested.