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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.

Schatz Introduces Bill To Shore Up Local Emergency Alert Systems Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Schatz Introduces Bill To Shore Up Local Emergency Alert Systems

The bill would require alerts to run repeatedly on TV and radio, and potentially also run on streaming services such as Netflix.

Rep. Sylvia Luke: Move Rail Inland To Avoid Sea-Level Rise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rep. Sylvia Luke: Move Rail Inland To Avoid Sea-Level Rise

Mayor Kirk Caldwell called the idea a “red herring” that would kill the project.

What Honolulu Rail Planners Can Learn From Puerto Rico Marcel Honore

What Honolulu Rail Planners Can Learn From Puerto Rico

San Juan’s Tren Urbano, an elevated, heavy rail system like that planned in Honolulu, has struggled with low ridership and cost overruns.

Feds: Honolulu Rail Is Still Short By $134 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: Honolulu Rail Is Still Short By $134 Million

UPDATED: A new federal report on the transit project’s risks pushes its completion back nearly a year and says it needs even more cash.

Blood Bank Paying A High Price In Its Dispute With Honolulu Rail Officials Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Blood Bank Paying A High Price In Its Dispute With Honolulu Rail Officials

The nonprofit wants to abandon its headquarters long before trains start rumbling nearby. But the city is offering to buy only a strip of landscaping.

A Republican Governor Would Bring New Uncertainty To Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Republican Governor Would Bring New Uncertainty To Rail Project

Some GOP candidates have called for radical changes in how the transit project moves forward, but they’ve also been light on specifics.

Feds May Require Honolulu To Sell Bonds For Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds May Require Honolulu To Sell Bonds For Rail Project

The City Council’s latest plan to demonstrate a willingness to help pay for rail construction has hit a snag.

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work

Les Kondo says HART’s insistence on recording auditor interviews with staff members “is akin to management sitting in.”

Winner Of Governor’s Race Will Have Stronger Hand In Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Winner Of Governor’s Race Will Have Stronger Hand In Rail Project

Colleen Hanabusa and David Ige have played varying roles in moving the project forward, while Clayton Hee wants to curtail construction.

‘Lime’ Rental Scooters Invade Honolulu With Mixed Results Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

‘Lime’ Rental Scooters Invade Honolulu With Mixed Results

UPDATED: The Mayor’s office said Thursday that the company is operating illegally and police will continue to impound the scooters.

New Plan Looks To Spare City From Cuts to Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Plan Looks To Spare City From Cuts to Pay For Rail

The strategy involves big changes in HART’s financial accounting for the transit project.

Rail Leaders Look To Curb Runaway Costs With New Partners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Leaders Look To Curb Runaway Costs With New Partners

Honolulu’s rail agency is considering changing its strategy to complete the daunting construction work ahead.