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.

These Two City Council Candidates Are Political Worlds Apart Cory Lum/Civil Beat

These Two City Council Candidates Are Political Worlds Apart

In the shadow of Honolulu rail, one envisions a future built around train stations. The other wants to rein in runaway rail spending.

Council Rejects Big Bus Fare Hikes For Seniors And The Disabled Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Rejects Big Bus Fare Hikes For Seniors And The Disabled

Taxpayers will continue to subsidize public transportation at a higher level than called for in city guidelines.

That Long Line For A Driver’s License May Get Even Longer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

That Long Line For A Driver’s License May Get Even Longer

The number of expiring licenses increased from about 2,000 per month in the summer of 2017 to 12,000 per month this summer.

Why The Hawaii Elections Office Doesn’t Do More To Encourage Voting Eugene Tanner

Why The Hawaii Elections Office Doesn’t Do More To Encourage Voting

Federal voter-education dollars can’t be used to promote voting, and state elections officials say it’s not their job anyway.

Caldwell’s Push To Clear Sidewalks Runs Into Opposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell’s Push To Clear Sidewalks Runs Into Opposition

Honolulu’s mayor wants to ban camping on sidewalks islandwide, but critics insist more housing and services for the homeless are needed first.

Fighting To Save The Crumbling Koko Crater Trail Courtesy of Drew Murphy

Fighting To Save The Crumbling Koko Crater Trail

A group of devoted hikers is hauling bricks up the steep trail to rebuild crumbling steps. Now they want the city to help.

Saving Hawaii’s Pig Farms Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Saving Hawaii’s Pig Farms

This once-fading island industry is coming to life again thanks to local tastes and strong cultural demand.

Many Homeless People Are Choosing To Ride Out The Storm Natanya Friedheim/Civil Beat

Many Homeless People Are Choosing To Ride Out The Storm

Outreach workers ramped up efforts to alert the homeless about Hurricane Lane, but some opted to stay in encampments.

Helping The Homeless To Survive A Hurricane Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Helping The Homeless To Survive A Hurricane

People who live along streambeds and coastlines are especially vulnerable to flooding and storm surges.

Council Fails To Override Mayor’s Veto Of Tax Break For Active-Duty Military Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Fails To Override Mayor’s Veto Of Tax Break For Active-Duty Military

The measure would have exempted service personnel from the first $120,000 of property taxes on the assessed value of their homes.

Ozawa, Waters Headed For November Runoff In Council Race Courtesy of the candidates

Ozawa, Waters Headed For November Runoff In Council Race

Heidi Tsuneyoshi and Carol Fukunaga gain the majorities needed to win their races outright.

Nasty Tactics Distract From Issues In North Shore City Council Race Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Nasty Tactics Distract From Issues In North Shore City Council Race

Four candidates are vying for an open seat in a district struggling with traffic and the loss of affordable housing to short-term vacation rentals.