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Marcel Honore

Marcel Honore primarily covers rail for Civil Beat — and he’s always on the lookout for ways to describe the local transit project other than “cash-strapped,” “beleaguered” and “financially challenged” in his reports.

A native of Los Angeles, Marcel moved to Oahu in January 2013 and spent nearly five years covering transportation for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He also served as the paper’s main correspondent covering the Hokule’a’s three-year worldwide voyage, sailing aboard the canoe on several of its international legs.

Prior to his Hawaii arrival, Marcel worked at the Palm Springs, California, Desert Sun, where he covered city government and immigration issues. His investigations into arsenic-tinged drinking water, foul odors emanating from a contaminated-soil facility and other environmental challenges affecting that region garnered several awards, including a 2011 California Newspaper Publishers Award.

Marcel started his journalism career as a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he served as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Seattle Times and the Santa Barbara News-Press. While at Northwestern he also worked at the Associated Press’ Caracas, Venezuela, bureau covering policies under then-President Hugo Chavez.

Marcel should be a much better surfer than he currently is. He sincerely apologizes for dropping in on your wave.

Bill Spares Hawaii Businesses From Replenishing UI Trust Fund — For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Spares Hawaii Businesses From Replenishing UI Trust Fund — For Now

The relief measure doesn’t solve how the state will pay back the more than $700 million it owes on mounting jobless claims.

Former HART Interim Director Krishniah Murthy Dies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former HART Interim Director Krishniah Murthy Dies

The longtime transit official was hired in 2016 to help guide Oahu’s rail project through an especially rocky period.

Could Hawaii’s Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars Soon Be A Relic Of The Past? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Could Hawaii’s Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars Soon Be A Relic Of The Past?

The electric vehicle market is growing and state leaders want to help phase out gas-powered cars. Local auto dealers say they’re moving too fast.

Condo Complex’s Plan To Uproot Trees Has Residents Worried About Kaneohe Bay Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Condo Complex’s Plan To Uproot Trees Has Residents Worried About Kaneohe Bay

The plan is really about clearing views for residents, according to a former Puu Alii board member.

EPA Hits Kapolei Refinery with $220,000 Fine For Clean Air, Hazardous Waste Violations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

EPA Hits Kapolei Refinery with $220,000 Fine For Clean Air, Hazardous Waste Violations

Par Hawaii says it disagrees with the EPA’s “assertions” following the agency’s inspections in 2018 and 2019.

It Will Take 18 Months To Overhaul Hawaii’s Outdated Unemployment System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It Will Take 18 Months To Overhaul Hawaii’s Outdated Unemployment System

The state labor department made a deal to replace an antiquated mainframe but it won’t help with the current wave of claims.

Former Honolulu City Councilman Joey Manahan Joins HART Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Former Honolulu City Councilman Joey Manahan Joins HART

He’ll oversee a public relations program whose costs he sought to reduce as the council’s budget chairman.

Judge’s Ruling Gives Hawaii A Big Win In Kakaako Roads Dispute Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge’s Ruling Gives Hawaii A Big Win In Kakaako Roads Dispute

It’s not clear whether the private company that claims ownership of those roads will appeal the decision.

‘Overpayment’ Reviews Causing Latest Delays To Hawaii Jobless Benefits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Overpayment’ Reviews Causing Latest Delays To Hawaii Jobless Benefits

Many locals, still unemployed in the pandemic, are getting stuck as they try to secure extended benefits from federal COVID-relief packages.