Civil Beat Reporting Fellow

Natanya Friedheim

Natanya Friedheim was a reporter at Civil Beat. She covered 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, waist deep in mud at a lo’i kalo or makes goofy videos for her social media platforms.

December 2018

Thursday, December 27

Trevor Ozawa May Become Honolulu City Council Chair

Wednesday, December 26

Medicaid Dollars Will Help Hawaii’s Homeless Find Housing

Thursday, December 20

Honolulu Meets Federal Demands On Rail Project

Friday, December 14

Ige Releases $17.3 Million For ‘Ohana Zones’ On Oahu And Big Island

Imam Tries To Build An Oahu Congregation For A Spinoff Islamic Sect

Thursday, December 13

Private Guards Help Keep The Homeless From Camping In Parks

Thursday, December 6

City Ethics Commission Is Investigating Far Fewer Cases Than 2 Years Ago

Wednesday, December 5

Islandwide Homeless Restrictions Approved — But Are They Legal?

November 2018

Thursday, November 29

Privately Funded, ‘Destination’ Playground Proposed For Ala Moana Park

Monday, November 26

Two Losing Candidates Ask For Election Recounts

Tuesday, November 13

Can Setting Out Tables, Painting Street Murals Transform Honolulu’s Neighborhoods?

Thursday, November 8

A Loss For Tommy Waters Is A Loss For Mayor Caldwell

Tuesday, November 6

Ozawa Edges Waters In Tight Race For Honolulu City Council Seat

Thursday, November 1

Why The State Wants To Build This Ala Moana High-Rise Above A Shelter

October 2018

Thursday, October 25

Two More Condo Towers Proposed Near Ala Moana Center

Thursday, October 18

Why Are City Lawmakers Involved In This Lobbyist’s Backyard Tiff?

Wednesday, October 17

The Strange Intersection Of A Rail Deadline And City Council Politics

Tuesday, October 2

From Capri Suns To Resumes: Meeting The Needs Of Homeless Young People

September 2018

Sunday, September 30

This Waianae Homeless Camp Is Going Legit

Monday, September 24

These Two City Council Candidates Are Political Worlds Apart

Wednesday, September 12

Council Rejects Big Bus Fare Hikes For Seniors And The Disabled

Friday, September 7

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

Tuesday, September 4

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

August 2018

Thursday, August 30

Caldwell’s Push To Clear Sidewalks Runs Into Opposition

Tuesday, August 28

Fighting To Save The Crumbling Koko Crater Trail

Monday, August 27

Saving Hawaii’s Pig Farms

Thursday, August 23

Many Homeless People Are Choosing To Ride Out The Storm

Wednesday, August 22

Helping The Homeless To Survive A Hurricane

Wednesday, August 15

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

Saturday, August 11

Ozawa, Waters Headed For November Runoff In Council Race

Monday, August 6

Nasty Tactics Distract From Issues In North Shore City Council Race

Thursday, August 2

Will The Next Governor Support Safe Zones For the Homeless?

July 2018

Monday, July 30

Personality Rather Than Policy Shrouds East Honolulu Council Race

Thursday, July 26

Caldwell Vetoes Military Property Tax Break

Monday, July 23

Newcomers Challenge A Career Politician In Honolulu City Council Race

Wednesday, July 18

How Charles Djou Is Keeping His Hand In Honolulu Politics

Friday, July 6

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

Monday, July 2

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

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head

June 2018

Friday, June 22

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

Tuesday, June 19

Caldwell Vetoes Bill To Cap Uber And Lyft Prices

Is Honolulu Hale Making City Staffers Sick?

Friday, June 15

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer

Friday, June 8

An Illegal Rock Barrier Blocks This North Shore Beach Access

Thursday, June 7

Oahu’s $4 Million Food Fight

Wednesday, June 6

City Council Votes To Cap Uber And Lyft Prices

Friday, June 1

Members Of Military Might Get A Property Tax Break

May 2018

Thursday, May 31

Hawaii Is Short On Poll Workers As The Primary Approaches

Friday, May 25

State Board Again Rejects Plan To Demolish Kahala Swimming Cove

Thursday, May 24

Fate Of Popular Swimming Cove In Kahala Remains Uncertain

Tuesday, May 22

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

Monday, May 21

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

Friday, May 18

These Blue Beach Chairs Are Riling The Ala Moana Regulars

Wednesday, May 9

Should The Mayor Choose Honolulu’s Police Chief?

Monday, May 7

Hawaii Homeless Numbers Drop By 10 Percent

Friday, May 4

Are Waikiki’s Public Pavilions Hopelessly Crime-Ridden?

Wednesday, May 2

Chinatown Sidewalk Extensions Please Some But Infuriate Others

April 2018

Tuesday, April 24

Honolulu’s Morgue Is So Run Down Even The Autopsy Room Leaks

Wednesday, April 18

Legislators Push To Send $100 Million To Kauai For Flood Damage

Thursday, April 12

New City Council Leadership Challenges Caldwell’s Proposed Budget

Wednesday, April 11

Council Leaders, Mayor Caldwell Will Talk With Feds In DC About Rail Funding

Council Considers Big Cuts In Honolulu’s Climate Change Office

Friday, April 6

Caldwell Wants A Sidewalk Sit-Lie Ban Everywhere On Oahu

Tuesday, April 3

Will Lawmakers Help These Low-Income Tenants Stay In Their Lahaina Homes?

March 2018

Tuesday, March 27

New Honolulu Housing Bill Seeks The Middle Ground

Thursday, March 22

Honolulu Can’t Access 66,000 Personal Documents After System Crashed

Wednesday, March 21

Hawaii County Closes Its ‘Safe Zone’ Homeless Experiment

Tuesday, March 20

Oahu’s First Trailer Park Just The Latest In New Wave Of Public Housing

Friday, March 16

Community Vents Frustration Over State’s Mixed Signals On Waianae Camp

Thursday, March 15

Ige: State Looking For Land To Relocate Waianae Encampment

Monday, March 12

This Honolulu Architect Designs Low-Cost Housing, Often For Free

Thursday, March 8

Waialua Landowner Proposes 30-Home ‘Affordable’ Subdivision

Monday, March 5

Legislators Want Abandoned Cars Removed Quicker

Thursday, March 1

Tax Dollars May Get Tapped To Fly Homeless Out Of Hawaii

February 2018

Wednesday, February 28

Coming Soon To Ala Moana: Another 400-Foot Tower

Monday, February 26

Honolulu Businesses Hurt By Rail May Finally Get Help

Friday, February 16

So Much For Hawaii’s Preparations — The Flu Bug Has Landed

Wednesday, February 14

Waianae Boat Harbor Residents Try To Stave Off A Homeless Sweep

Monday, February 5

Here’s A Novel Idea To Help The Homeless — Vending Machines

Thursday, February 1

Areas Around Schools And Libraries May Be Next For Sit-Lie Ban

January 2018

Monday, January 29

‘Safe Zones’ For Homeless A Hot Topic At Legislature

Wednesday, January 24

City Stuck With Abandoned Cars Registered To Service Members

Tuesday, January 23

Awkward And Rewarding Task Of Surveying Homeless Begins

Monday, January 22

Dozens Of Hawaii’s Mentally Ill May Lose Their Homes

Thursday, January 11

Legislators Push To Create More ‘Safe Zones’ For The Homeless

Tuesday, January 9

Why Oahu’s Rural Homeless Have Often Been Undercounted

Tuesday, January 2

Why Isn’t Honolulu Helping Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction?