Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Natanya Friedheim is a reporting fellow at Civil Beat. She covers city government, general assignments and produces video content.
Natanya joined Civil Beat as an intern in August 2016 after completing an internship at Pacific Business News. Born and raised on Oahu, Natanya moved to Oakland, California to attend Mills College. As a student, Natanya taught civics classes at a public middle school in Oakland and worked in a preschool classroom. Upon completing her B.A. in literary and cultural studies with a minor in government, she returned to Oahu to settle down and start her career in journalism.
In her free time, Natanya is at the beach, skateboarding or makes goofy videos for her social media platforms.

For tips, story ideas or comments, you can reach Natanya at natanya@civilbeat.org. Her twitter handle is @natanya_hnl.

Is Honolulu Hale Making City Staffers Sick? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Honolulu Hale Making City Staffers Sick?

City Council Chairman Ernie Martin thinks so — and wants to relocate the legislative branch out of the 90-year-old building.

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer

The Honolulu auditor was concerned its results might be “discoverable” in a lawsuit filed by Louis and Katherine Kealoha.

An Illegal Rock Barrier Blocks This North Shore Beach Access Courtesy of Kelly LaPorte

An Illegal Rock Barrier Blocks This North Shore Beach Access

Now the property owner who built the barrier without authorization is seeking after-the-fact permits, angering nearby residents.

Oahu’s $4 Million Food Fight Natanya Friedheim/Civil Beat

Oahu’s $4 Million Food Fight

The City Council approved funding for a facility to turn table scraps into compost, but others want the waste used for pig feed.

City Council Votes To Cap Uber And Lyft Prices AP

City Council Votes To Cap Uber And Lyft Prices

UDATED: The restriction would be the first of its kind in the nation, the ride-sharing companies said.

Members Of Military Might Get A Property Tax Break Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Members Of Military Might Get A Property Tax Break

The Hawaii National Guard Enlisted Association helped Councilman Ernie Martin craft a bill to give military homeowners a $120,000 exemption.

Hawaii Is Short On Poll Workers As The Primary Approaches PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is Short On Poll Workers As The Primary Approaches

The state is trying to fill almost 3,000 one-day positions for the Aug. 11 primary, and it’s only about halfway there.

State Board Again Rejects Plan To Demolish Kahala Swimming Cove Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Board Again Rejects Plan To Demolish Kahala Swimming Cove

But a museum foundation seeking to reduce its liability wants a contested case hearing — or for the state to take possession of the shoreline.

Fate Of Popular Swimming Cove In Kahala Remains Uncertain Courtesy of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

Fate Of Popular Swimming Cove In Kahala Remains Uncertain

A rocky breakwater creates a unique attraction known as Cromwell’s, but it’s been a liability for owners of an oceanfront museum.

Mayor Won’t Get Power To Hire Or Fire Honolulu Police Chief Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mayor Won’t Get Power To Hire Or Fire Honolulu Police Chief

Councilman Ikaika Anderson pulls back his proposals to shake up how the city selects police and fire chiefs and commissions.

Honolulu’s Vanishing Crosswalks: Why The City Is Taking Them Out

Honolulu’s Vanishing Crosswalks: Why The City Is Taking Them Out

The city has removed 34 crosswalks since September 2016, despite protests from some neighborhood groups. 

These Blue Beach Chairs Are Riling The Ala Moana Regulars Courtesy of Sharlene Chun-Lum

These Blue Beach Chairs Are Riling The Ala Moana Regulars

When a luxury condo promises to “prepare the perfect beach day” for residents, some locals fear more commercialization of a favorite park.