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.

How Charles Djou Is Keeping His Hand In Honolulu Politics Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

How Charles Djou Is Keeping His Hand In Honolulu Politics

The former Republican congressman, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Kirk Caldwell in 2016, is backing several City Council candidates.

Homeless Village May Get A New Neighbor: A 150-Foot Radio Tower Courtesy: Duane Kurisu

Homeless Village May Get A New Neighbor: A 150-Foot Radio Tower

Hawaii businessman Duane Kurisu, who developed living units for the homeless, wants a permit to build a radio tower next door.

Here’s How These 5 LG Hopefuls Would Make That Office Relevant Screenshot: Hawaii News Now

Here’s How These 5 LG Hopefuls Would Make That Office Relevant

The five Democratic candidates for Hawaii’s lieutenant governor spent an hour Monday evening trying to win over voters.

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head

New taxes and other fees. More money for rail. Even monster houses. The fate of contentious city issues hinges on who’s elected.

Caldwell Wants To Sell $44 Million In City Bonds For Rail Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Caldwell Wants To Sell $44 Million In City Bonds For Rail

UPDATED: The Honolulu mayor said there’s a tight time line to gain council approval and start funneling city money to the project’s construction.

Caldwell Vetoes Bill To Cap Uber And Lyft Prices Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Caldwell Vetoes Bill To Cap Uber And Lyft Prices

UPDATED: Without “surge pricing,” the companies could not increase their supply of drivers to meet high demand, the Honolulu mayor said.

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.