Mark Ladao was a summer intern for Civil Beat.
He grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in California before moving to Hawaii. In college, Mark chased after an interest in nature, studying biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Several years after graduating, he decided to return to school study journalism, which he hopes will allow him to explore his interest in nature and writing.
He has published stories with Ka Leo at UH Manoa and Kapi’o News at Kapiolani Community College.
“Right now we have low voter turnout so having policy determined by a few people could lead to special interest regulations. I like the legislative process, which allows vetting of ideas and solutions.”