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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.

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.

Vaccine Q&A: Lt. Gov. Josh Green Hopes New Vaccines Will Mean More Shots

Vaccine Q&A: Lt. Gov. Josh Green Hopes New Vaccines Will Mean More Shots

The lieutenant governor says vaccines will allow the state to move faster toward normalcy and will allow more visitors to travel to the islands.

Military Links To US Capitol Rioters Show Challenge Of Fighting Extremism In The Ranks Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Military Links To US Capitol Rioters Show Challenge Of Fighting Extremism In The Ranks

New Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a former general and the first Black to hold the office, has pledged to crack down on racists and extremists in the military.