Civil Beat Staff

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.

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.

Why A Crackdown On This Growing Adoption Pipeline Just Hasn’t Worked Sarah Holm/Civil Beat

Why A Crackdown On This Growing Adoption Pipeline Just Hasn’t Worked

Adoption advocates, hospital workers, even judges are at a loss when it comes to stopping illegal adoptions that are delivering babies from the Marshall Islands to U.S. families.

There’s A Distinct Disconnect Between American And Marshallese Adoptions Sarah Holm/Civil Beat

There’s A Distinct Disconnect Between American And Marshallese Adoptions

In the U.S., it’s common for an adopted child to lose contact with birth parents. In the Marshall Islands, adopted children return to the birth family when they are 18 if not sooner.

Why A Crackdown On This Growing Adoption Pipeline Just Hasn’t Worked Sarah Holm/Civil Beat

Why A Crackdown On This Growing Adoption Pipeline Just Hasn’t Worked

Adoption advocates, hospital workers, even judges are at a loss when it comes to stopping illegal adoptions that are delivering babies from the Marshall Islands to U.S. families.

Hawaii Couple Faces Deportation Of Adopted Sons With Down Syndrome

Hawaii Couple Faces Deportation Of Adopted Sons With Down Syndrome

A federal agency says their parents, Ryan and Francheska Grogan, failed to prove the adoptions met legal requirements

Forecasting Hurricanes In The ‘Cone Of Uncertainty’ Is A Rough Challenge NASA

Forecasting Hurricanes In The ‘Cone Of Uncertainty’ Is A Rough Challenge

Meteorologists get plenty of data to predict a storm’s path, but even minor fluctuations in models can mean a world of difference.