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Jessica Terrell

Jessica Terrell is Civil Beat’s podcast and multimedia editor.

Jessica joined Civil Beat in 2015, after reporting stints at the Orange County Register in California and Tribeca Trib in New York City. 

As a reporter, Jessica has investigated everything from school safety concerns to faulty public works projects and military recruitment irregularities. She’s covered two national political conventions, and filed stories from the White House during President Barack Obama’s first summer in office as an intern at the Orange County Register.

Other memorable reporting assignments include camping out overnight in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park for a story on Occupy Wall Street, visiting the National Sept. 11 Memorial before it opened with members of Manhattan’s Community Board 1, and climbing 36 flights of stairs in the dark after Hurricane Sandy to find her editor and start reporting on the impacts of the storm in lower Manhattan.

Born in Mexico, Jessica spent much of her childhood traveling around North America. She wrote her first newspaper article at the age of 12 for a small paper in Massachusetts, where her family was living aboard a 50-foot raft built out of materials collected from New York City dumpsters.

When her family wasn’t building rafts, they were performing together in circuses and busking on the streets as a family jazz band. Spending her early years wandering from town to town imbued her with a passion for discovery that she tries to translate into work as a journalist.

Pod Squad: Meet Mazie Hirono’s Republican Opponent Courtesy

Pod Squad: Meet Mazie Hirono’s Republican Opponent

Ron Curtis says that he would be the best voice for Hawaii’s people in the U.S. Senate.

‘Offshore’ Podcast Returns With A Young Man On An Urgent Mission Honolulu Civil Beat

‘Offshore’ Podcast Returns With A Young Man On An Urgent Mission

“The Blood Calls” to London Lewis as he searches for his birth culture in the Marshall Islands. And we investigate adoption practices in Hawaii and Arkansas.

Ige: State Looking For Land To Relocate Waianae Encampment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: State Looking For Land To Relocate Waianae Encampment

The governor contradicts state officials who last week announced an imminent sweep and a possible federal grant to build an education center.

Homeless Leaders Say Waianae Sweep Called Off For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Homeless Leaders Say Waianae Sweep Called Off For Now

Leaders of the Waianae Boat Harbor encampment say the governor assured them there’s no impending eviction.

State Plans To Sweep Longtime Homeless Camp At Waianae Boat Harbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Plans To Sweep Longtime Homeless Camp At Waianae Boat Harbor

For more than a decade, people have been living in the self-governed community, and about 200 are there now.

Offshore: When Hawaii Welcomed A Nuclear Blast Los Alamos National Laboratory

Offshore: When Hawaii Welcomed A Nuclear Blast

In 1962, Hawaii witnessed a nuclear explosion so massive that darkness briefly turned to daylight. Instead of inspiring fear, it sparked celebrations.

On Campus: We’re Taking A Fresh Look At Education In Hawaii Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

On Campus: We’re Taking A Fresh Look At Education In Hawaii

Civil Beat's new podcast series takes you inside the first year of a startup arts integration charter school in Wahiawa.
Date Set In Deedy Appeal PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Date Set In Deedy Appeal

The federal agent who fatally shot a man in a Waikiki McDonald’s in 2011 has already had two trials.

Hawaii Charter School Commission Is Under The Microscope Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Charter School Commission Is Under The Microscope

School leaders' complaints have the Board of Education considering a special performance review of the state's charter school authorizer.
How Can We Improve Hawaii Schools? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Can We Improve Hawaii Schools?

The Department of Education is seeking public input on its goals for public education in Hawaii.
Lack Of School Facilities ‘Crippling’ Many Charters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lack Of School Facilities ‘Crippling’ Many Charters

The challenge of finding space means classes meet in tents, at libraries -- even at a McDonald's
Nominees To Charter School Commission Named Screenshot / Hawaii Public Charter School Commission website

Nominees To Charter School Commission Named

Four out of the nine seats are up for grabs on the besieged Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission.