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Kim Gamel

Kim Gamel joined Civil Beat as a deputy editor in November 2020.

Kim came to Hawaii after many years abroad, most recently in Seoul covering the Korean Peninsula for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

That gave her a firsthand view of the U.S.-North Korea relationship as it evolved from “fire and fury” threats of war to Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un’s bromance.

A Russian major in college, Kim began her career as a reporter with an English-language newspaper in Moscow, the Moscow Tribune, as the Soviet Union was starting to disintegrate.

She later went to work for The Associated Press in Iowa, North Carolina and New York before being posted as the Nordic/Baltic news editor in Sweden. A highlight of that period was going reindeer herding with indigenous Sami north of the Arctic Circle.

She was in Stockholm when 9/11 happened. That triggered an intense interest in the Middle East, leading to a posting as AP’s news editor in Baghdad from 2006-2009.

Her portfolio also includes assignments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt.

Kim took a break from conflict zones to do a 2014-15 Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where she developed an interest in the importance of local news and the need to find innovative ways to produce it.

Kim, a native of Boise, Idaho, has a bachelor’s degree from Bates College in Maine and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

She’s excited about joining Civil Beat and engaging with the community on important economic, social and environmental issues that impact the islands. Let her know if you have any ideas.

In her off time, she’s looking forward to exploring Hawaii by cycling and hiking as much as possible.

Navy Investigating Spill Of 14,000 Gallons Of Fuel And Water At Red Hill U.S. Navy

Navy Investigating Spill Of 14,000 Gallons Of Fuel And Water At Red Hill

There was no indication of a threat to the environment, and drinking water in the area remains potable, the Navy said.

Hawaii Records 452 New COVID Cases As Positivity Rate Soars To 5.7% Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Records 452 New COVID Cases As Positivity Rate Soars To 5.7%

Concerns are high as public schools are due to officially reopen on Tuesday with tens of thousands of students who are too young to be vaccinated.

Hospitals Struggle With Influx Of Patients As Hawaii’s COVID-19 Caseload Mounts Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2021

Hospitals Struggle With Influx Of Patients As Hawaii’s COVID-19 Caseload Mounts

Gov. David Ige has said he may need to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions if the rapid rise continues and hospitals are overwhelmed.

Hanauma Bay Will Let Local Residents Visit Without Reservations Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hanauma Bay Will Let Local Residents Visit Without Reservations

The exemption will last for two weeks as part of a pilot program. Out-of-state visitors must still book a spot online.

Ige: Hawaii Unlikely To Ease Travel Restrictions Ahead Of July 4 As Vaccinations Slow Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Ige: Hawaii Unlikely To Ease Travel Restrictions Ahead Of July 4 As Vaccinations Slow

Lt. Gov. Josh Green had publicly urged the governor to end the pre-travel testing requirement on July 1.

Pacific Fleet Is Tracking Russian Spy Ship Off Hawaii’s Western Coast Courtesy: U.S. Navy

Pacific Fleet Is Tracking Russian Spy Ship Off Hawaii’s Western Coast

The ship was seen west of Kauai, which is the site of the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands.

New Hawaii State Veterans Home Is Being Built On Land Designated For Affordable Housing Courtesy: MGA Architecture

New Hawaii State Veterans Home Is Being Built On Land Designated For Affordable Housing

UPDATED. Construction crews broke ground on the 120-bed residential and treatment facility last month on a long-vacant lot in Kapolei.

Hawaii To Resume Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After Safety Review Courtesy: Department of Health

Hawaii To Resume Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After Safety Review

Federal health officials said the one-shot vaccine was “safe and effective” in preventing COVID-19 despite the rare risk of blood clots.

Family Of 5-Year-Old Drowning Victim Reaches $7.2M Settlement Courtesy: Bickerton Law Group

Family Of 5-Year-Old Drowning Victim Reaches $7.2M Settlement

The settlement was reached with Mid-Pacific Institute after 15 months of litigation and with a jury trial set for later this year.

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