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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 To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch

Backers of an independent corporation to run Hawaii’s airports say it needs freedom from the state’s time-consuming procurement process. Key lawmakers disagree.

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena

The Honolulu rail agency’s board hasn’t yet consulted with its attorneys on whether to give investigators its closed-door meeting records.

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project

The City Council wants to investigate potential criminal activity surrounding the fiscally troubled transit project.

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits

Proposed legislation would repeal the requirement for more audits. But added scrutiny has already led state finance officials to withhold $40 million from HART.

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders

The lawsuit’s allegations echo problems flagged by the city auditor. Meanwhile, federal investigators have demanded HART provide its change order records.

Feds Demand Records Of HART Board’s Closed-Door Meetings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Demand Records Of HART Board’s Closed-Door Meetings

UPDATED: The latest subpoena requires HART to provide unredacted minutes of its board’s executive sessions, but HART questions whether it can fully comply.

Feds Are Investigating HART’s Relocation Payments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Are Investigating HART’s Relocation Payments

UPDATED: The criminal probe widens as the Honolulu rail agency is served with its second subpoena, this time seeking records concerning payments to property owners along the rail route.

Banning Bikes At The Capitol Would Make Cycling On Oahu Even Harder Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Banning Bikes At The Capitol Would Make Cycling On Oahu Even Harder

With the right design, walkers and cyclists can coexist on the Capitol grounds. Legislators, however, are pushing for an outright ban.

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds

News of a criminal investigation arrives as Honolulu looks to seal the deal on the release of $744 million from the Federal Transit Administration.

Honolulu Rail Agency Hit With Federal Subpoena Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Agency Hit With Federal Subpoena

UPDATED: HART must provide consultant contracts, lists of contractors, change orders, archaeological studies and correspondence with the Federal Transit Administration.

State Looks To End The Battle Over Kakaako’s Disputed Roads Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Looks To End The Battle Over Kakaako’s Disputed Roads

A new move by the attorney general could resolve the longstanding question of who owns the pothole-plagued roads.

Micronesia Official Charged In Bribery Scandal Involving Hawaii Firm Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Micronesia Official Charged In Bribery Scandal Involving Hawaii Firm

A newly unsealed federal complaint reveals the identity of a high-ranking official believed to be a key player in the scheme.