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John Hill

John Hill is investigations editor at Honolulu Civil Beat. He meandered back and forth across the U.S. for two-plus decades as a newspaper reporter — with stops in Northern California, New York City, New Orleans, Albuquerque and back to Northern California — before abandoning the mainland altogether to come to Civil Beat in July 2016.

In 2005, he won the George Polk Award for documenting abuses of the California pension and disability systems, most notably by the top brass of the California Highway Patrol. In New Orleans, he was part of a team of reporters that did a year-long series on race relations honored for public service by the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Headliner Awards.

In 2009, John left journalism to work for a California Senate office that investigated shortcomings in state government. His reports focused on the state’s failure to prevent elder abuse and monitor deaths in residential drug treatment programs, among other topics, and led to legislation and administrative reforms.

In 2014, the Senate eliminated his office and he worked for a year-and-a-half as press secretary for the California State Controller.

John recognizes that the best investigations start with tips, and encourages Civil Beat readers to contact him with stories of skullduggery, malfeasance and garden-variety ineptitude.

This Longtime Acupuncturist Who Pushed For Oversight Is Now Under Investigation John Hill/Civil Beat

This Longtime Acupuncturist Who Pushed For Oversight Is Now Under Investigation

Mike Hashimoto was accused of sexual misconduct by a patient three years ago. The still unresolved case highlights problems within the state agency that regulates licensed professionals.

Justice Served? A Highly Unusual Hawaii Law Is Costing This Woman Her Home Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Justice Served? A Highly Unusual Hawaii Law Is Costing This Woman Her Home

Her son was one of five teenagers who robbed and shot a Pearl City man during a home invasion 19 years ago. Now the victim has wound up with her house as part of his restitution claim.

Mysterious Manoa Tree Hackers May Be Peddling Hallucinogenic Bark Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mysterious Manoa Tree Hackers May Be Peddling Hallucinogenic Bark

Large gashes in acacia trees, whose bark is reportedly hallucinogenic, were first noticed in December by Manoa residents.

These Lawmakers Think The State Should Charge $20 To Unblock Porn Sites Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These Lawmakers Think The State Should Charge $20 To Unblock Porn Sites

The ACLU argues the bills, which would require manufacturers to place blocking devices on computers and phones, are unconstitutional.

State Improperly Shared Unsubstantiated Reports Of Child Abuse For Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Improperly Shared Unsubstantiated Reports Of Child Abuse For Years

Federal officials have told the Hawaii Department of Human Services to stop using the reports outside of child abuse investigations

Injured Workers Still Searching For Relief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Injured Workers Still Searching For Relief

A key lawmaker is promising to again pursue reforms in Hawaii’s workers’ comp system during the upcoming legislative session.

Court Cases Open Window Into Marshallese Adoptions April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Court Cases Open Window Into Marshallese Adoptions

A lawsuit by a Kentucky couple alleges that an Arkansas attorney offered to fly a Marshallese birth mother to the U.S. despite a treaty that bars such travel

Delays, Denials, Wasted Tax Dollars: DOE’s Troubled Treatment Of Injured Workers

Delays, Denials, Wasted Tax Dollars: DOE’s Troubled Treatment Of Injured Workers

A Civil Beat investigation found frequent shortcomings with how Hawaii’s education department handles workers’ comp claims.

One Family’s Marshallese Adoption Odyssey Courtesy of Roxane Cartwright

One Family’s Marshallese Adoption Odyssey

Many adoptive parents document their adoption “journey.” For this couple, the better term would be “ordeal.”

Birth Moms Sometimes Face Adoption Fraud Charges The Baltimore Sun

Birth Moms Sometimes Face Adoption Fraud Charges

But defense attorneys question why lawyers involved in the deals that go sour never face scrutiny.

Native American Families Once Faced A Similar Adoption Crisis www.srmt-nsn.gov

Native American Families Once Faced A Similar Adoption Crisis

Experts say Marshallese adoptions would benefit from the rules put in place to stop adoption abuse and cultural loss in Native American tribes.

Marshallese Adoptions Fuel A Lucrative Practice For Some Lawyers April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Marshallese Adoptions Fuel A Lucrative Practice For Some Lawyers

U.S. and Marshall Islands officials say the law clearly bars women from traveling to America to give up babies for adoption. But some attorneys are still taking advantage of lax oversight and willing families.