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.

The Prosecution Of Police Misconduct Cases Essentially Stopped During The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The Prosecution Of Police Misconduct Cases Essentially Stopped During The Pandemic

More than 500 complaints were made against HPD employees last year, leading to recommendations for dozens of firings and suspensions.

 

Grand Jury Indicts Waimanalo Girl’s Adoptive Parents On Murder Charges HPD

Grand Jury Indicts Waimanalo Girl’s Adoptive Parents On Murder Charges

Lehua Kalua and Isaac Kalua were both charged with second-degree murder on Wednesday.

HPD Says It Will Take A Fresh Look At Its Vehicle Pursuit Policy Honolulu Police Commission/2021

HPD Says It Will Take A Fresh Look At Its Vehicle Pursuit Policy

Interim Chief Rade Vanic told the Honolulu Police Commission that the department will gather data on vehicle pursuits before deciding on any changes.

Shooting Review Board Says Officers Were Justified In Killing Honolulu Man After Chase Screenshot

Shooting Review Board Says Officers Were Justified In Killing Honolulu Man After Chase

The Hawaii Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review Board recommended against prosecuting the officers involved in the death of Dustin Spencer.

Adoptive Parents Of Missing Waimanalo Girl, 6, Arrested For Murder HPD

Adoptive Parents Of Missing Waimanalo Girl, 6, Arrested For Murder

Isabella Kalua’s body has not been found and police are still investigating her cause of death.

HPD: Threatening Drawing Of A Gun And Severed Head Led To 10-Year-Old’s Arrest Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HPD: Threatening Drawing Of A Gun And Severed Head Led To 10-Year-Old’s Arrest

The Honolulu Police Department is painting a different picture of the reasons officers arrested the girl at her elementary school.

Honolulu Police Commissioner Is Stepping Down To Allow More Diversity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Commissioner Is Stepping Down To Allow More Diversity

Former judge Michael Broderick has been on the commission about 15 months.

Big Island Teen Arrested For Allegedly Threatening To Bring A Gun To School Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2021

Big Island Teen Arrested For Allegedly Threatening To Bring A Gun To School

The 13-year-old boy was released to his parents after four and a half hours in custody.

Former Maui Cop Sentenced In Sex Case Civil Beat

Former Maui Cop Sentenced In Sex Case

Brandon Saffeels was sentenced to 30 months behind bars for soliciting sex from a woman he arrested in exchange for throwing testimony in her case.