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Jim Simon

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.

Do Negotiations Offer A Way Forward On Mauna Kea? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do Negotiations Offer A Way Forward On Mauna Kea?

The TMT conflict can seem irreconcilable. Mediation experts and others weigh in on possible strategies for getting people to the table and resolving these types of disputes.

Meet Civil Beat’s First Health Care Reporter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Meet Civil Beat’s First Health Care Reporter

Eleni Gill, a Honolulu native, will report on the challenges facing the state’s health care system — and some of the the unique solutions being pioneered here.

Civil Cafe: What’s Happening To Kailua? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Civil Cafe: What’s Happening To Kailua?

View the highlights of a panel discussion on how to cope with the tourist invasion into this once sleepy beach town.

‘Empower Citizens With Information’: New Reporter Joins The Civil Beat Team Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Empower Citizens With Information’: New Reporter Joins The Civil Beat Team

Christina Jedra will tackle a number of big issues facing Honolulu as well as communities throughout Oahu.

UH Team Part Of $6.2M Grant To Study HIV, TB In Kids Andrea Brizzi

UH Team Part Of $6.2M Grant To Study HIV, TB In Kids

As part of the study, a UH professor of tropical medicine will study blood samples from children in Myanmar who have both diseases.

DOH Confirms Big Island’s Third Case Of Rat Lungworm In 2019

DOH Confirms Big Island’s Third Case Of Rat Lungworm In 2019

An east Hawaii Island resident may have contracted the disease in early February. The exact source of the disease could not be identified.

Read the Mueller Report Here AP

Read the Mueller Report Here

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448 page report on the Russia investigation was released by the Department of Justice Thursday.

No Reports Of Drug-Resistant Fungus In Hawaii Health Care Facilities Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

No Reports Of Drug-Resistant Fungus In Hawaii Health Care Facilities

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.

Civil Beat’s Disaster Preparation Series Wins National Award Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat’s Disaster Preparation Series Wins National Award

Reporter Marcel Honore received the Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling from the News Leaders Association.

Civil Beat Wants To Find Out Where Hawaii’s Economy Is Headed Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Wants To Find Out Where Hawaii’s Economy Is Headed

The newsroom will spend the next 12 months reporting on critical questions about the future of the local economy, thanks to a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Stripping Away The Stereotypes About People With Mental Illness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Stripping Away The Stereotypes About People With Mental Illness

This kind of deeply personal storytelling, says Civil Beat reporter Brittany Lyte, can be “so intimate it’s like walking into someone’s bedroom.”

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