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Landess Cole

Landess Cole is the audience development editor for Civil Beat, where she focuses on analytics and newsletters, including the Morning Beat and HI-Priced.

Landess grew up in Honolulu and is a graduate of Punahou School. After high school, she left Oahu and moved to the midwest, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English writing at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.

After receiving her diploma, Landess came to her senses and returned to the Aloha State to begin her professional career. Prior to joining the Civil Beat team in January 2017, Landess was senior editor at HuffPost Hawaii, a partnership between Civil Beat and The Huffington Post. She also previously held positions at Pacific Business News and the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

You can follow Landess on Twitter @landesskearns or email her at landess@civilbeat.org.

HI-Priced Q&A: Working Full-Time, Part-Time And Freelancing — All For $45K Per Year

HI-Priced Q&A: Working Full-Time, Part-Time And Freelancing — All For $45K Per Year

“I’m 31 years old and people think I shouldn’t be getting help from my parents, but I think that’s a reality that a lot of my generation is facing.”

HI-Priced Q&A: Commuting, Paying For Preschool And Digging Out Of Debt

HI-Priced Q&A: Commuting, Paying For Preschool And Digging Out Of Debt

“If we sold our house and got rid of all our debt and then tried to start afresh, we wouldn’t come back to Hawaii. There would be no way to come back.”

12 Civil Beat Stories That Made A Difference In 2018

12 Civil Beat Stories That Made A Difference In 2018

From breaking news to months-long investigations, here’s a look at some of our best work this year.

How Having A Baby Changed This Couple’s View On Cost Of Living

How Having A Baby Changed This Couple’s View On Cost Of Living

“This is the community that shaped me, that taught me the values that guide my life day to day. I want that for my child.”

How A Couple From Iowa Makes Ends Meet In Ewa Beach

How A Couple From Iowa Makes Ends Meet In Ewa Beach

In HI-Priced, a new email newsletter that’s part of our ongoing “Living Hawaii” series, we’re asking local people how they make ends meet in the Aloha State.

Living On $70,000 In Kaneohe

Living On $70,000 In Kaneohe

In HI-Priced, a new email newsletter that’s part of our ongoing “Living Hawaii” series, we’re asking local people how they make ends meet in the Aloha State.

Saturday Morning Panic: Reactions To Hawaii’s False Alarm

Saturday Morning Panic: Reactions To Hawaii’s False Alarm

UPDATED: Everyone seems to have something to say about the monumental mistake that warned of an incoming missile.
8 Stories That Made A Difference In Hawaii This Year

8 Stories That Made A Difference In Hawaii This Year

Deep-dive investigations, dogged daily coverage and a multimedia journey to exotic islands were all part of Civil Beat’s efforts in 2017.

5 Reasons Jeff Sessions Might Be Right About Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

5 Reasons Jeff Sessions Might Be Right About Hawaii

What could anyone “sitting on an island in the Pacific” possibly know about being an American?

Trump Supporters Want To #BoycottHawaii

Trump Supporters Want To #BoycottHawaii

After a Hawaii judge blocked the president’s revised travel ban, the internet is having a field day.

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