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Jim Simon is managing editor of Honolulu Civil Beat.
Before relocating to a place where he can now kayak without a wet suit, Jim spent more than 30 years as a reporter and editor at The Seattle Times.
He held several leadership positions there, including managing editor. He helped lead Seattle Times teams that won two Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news — the first in 2010 for coverage of the killing of the three suburban police officers; the second in 2015 for reporting on a deadly landslide in Northwest Washington.
He also worked on some of The Times’ more innovative projects, including Education Lab, which explores solutions to the most pressing problems in schools, and “Sea Change,” an award-winning multi-media project about ocean acidification in the Pacific.
Jim’s career includes stints as The Times’ chief political reporter and head of its statehouse bureau, environmental reporter and staff writer for the Sunday magazine. He co-won several national awards for investigations into Washington’s troubled mental health system and how taxpayers lost out on federal wilderness land swaps.
He got his start in journalism as a very green UPI reporter in the Philippines, covering the beginning of the “People Power” uprising that eventually brought down Ferdinand Marcos.
The path to journalism included a lot of other jobs along the way: he helped start a low-income child care center as a Vista volunteer, worked at a college bookstore and a nursery, produced an oral history on Seattle’s historic First Avenue, and taught middle school in Indonesia.
Jim has taught journalism at the University of Washington and Seattle University. He also as taught and trained journalists in Indonesia and East Timor. In 1998, he was a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu and later participated in a seminar there with Muslim editors from Asia.
Growing up in Nebraska, Jim never saw the ocean until he was a teenager.
His wife, Lori Fujimoto, had a very different upbringing, growing up on Lanai when it was still a pineapple plantation. Her parents, siblings and numerous other relatives live in Hawaii.
It’s important that the public know and understand how the state Department of Education handles teacher misconduct especially when it involves vulnerable children.
Christina Jedra will tackle a number of big issues facing Honolulu as well as communities throughout Oahu.
The column offered a perspective that no one else has written about.
As part of the study, a UH professor of tropical medicine will study blood samples from children in Myanmar who have both diseases.
An east Hawaii Island resident may have contracted the disease in early February. The exact source of the disease could not be identified.
DOH says it’s actively monitoring for Candide auris, a fungus that has spread to mainland hospitals and other facilities. The CDC considers it an urgent threat.
Reporter Marcel Honore received the Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling from the News Leaders Association.