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Nick Grube

Nick Grube is the Washington, D.C. correspondent for Honolulu Civil Beat. Prior to that he was an investigative reporter focusing on criminal justice and legal affairs, a position that led him to one of the largest public corruption scandals in Hawaii history. The case, which is still ongoing, resulted in the federal indictment of a former police chief, his prosecutor wife and several police officers.

Nick’s coverage of police misconduct has resulted in several changes to Hawaii law, including the creation of a new oversight agency to make sure officers meet minimum training standards and requirements. His series on problem officers in the Honolulu Police Department helped spur the creation of the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, a nonprofit law firm that helps citizens and journalists get access to public records. The law center has represented Civil Beat in several cases some of which have been argued before the Hawaii Supreme Court.

In 2015, Nick and a colleague undertook a investigative project that uncovered major shortcomings in financial oversight of Honolulu’s multi-billion dollar rail project that was both behind schedule and over-budget. As a result, the Honolulu City Council changed city law to require the agency overseeing the project to provide more detailed financial information to the public about the subcontractors working on the project.

Nick’s career in journalism began at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and took him to California, Oregon, Hawaii and Washington, D.C. He’s covered everything from prison gangs to politics. His work has been recognized by several organizations, including the California Newspaper Publishers Association, Society of Professional Journalists and Online News Association. He was selected in 2018 by the National Press Foundation for the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship, a nine month program for promising young journalists based in the nation’s capital.

News tips are welcome and appreciated. Send them directly to nick@civilbeat.org or anonymously using this Tipbox link, which uses automatic encryption. (NOTE: If you send a tip through Tipbox Nick cannot respond unless there’s contact information in the body of the message.)

‘A Real Injustice’: Katherine Kealoha Still Stands To Collect $680K From Grandmother, Uncle Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘A Real Injustice’: Katherine Kealoha Still Stands To Collect $680K From Grandmother, Uncle

Gerard and Florence Puana are still on the hook for the verdict in a civil case that happened before the Kealohas were convicted on criminal charges stemming from the same situation.

It’s Gabbard’s Home Turf, But Sanders Is Raising More Money From Hawaii Donors Nick Grube/Civil Beat

It’s Gabbard’s Home Turf, But Sanders Is Raising More Money From Hawaii Donors

The Hawaii congresswoman is second and President Donald Trump comes in third, but many of his contributions are too small to be tallied.

Trump Ends Family Reunification Benefit For Filipino WWII Veterans Flickr: Matt Johnson

Trump Ends Family Reunification Benefit For Filipino WWII Veterans

The administration announced it was terminating a program that allowed veterans’ family members to stay in the U.S. while waiting for their green cards to be approved.

Hawaii Dems Team With Florida Republicans To Save Coral Reefs Alana Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Dems Team With Florida Republicans To Save Coral Reefs

Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono hope that Marco Rubio and Rick Scott can help push legislation to bolster coral restoration and conservation.

Hirono On The Border: ‘I Know How Important It Is To Keep Families Together’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono On The Border: ‘I Know How Important It Is To Keep Families Together’

The Hawaii senator talks about her recent trip to Texas to inspect U.S. Border Patrol facilities.

Tulsi Gabbard Attacks Kamala Harris In Presidential Debate Screen shot

Tulsi Gabbard Attacks Kamala Harris In Presidential Debate

The Hawaii congresswoman has yet to qualify for the third round of Democratic debates, which made her performance Wednesday crucial.

A $500 Fine For HPD Officer Who Says He Was Targeted By Kealohas Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

A $500 Fine For HPD Officer Who Says He Was Targeted By Kealohas

Former HPD sergeant Albert Lee was fired after he was charged for driving under the influence and lying to investigators.

The Kealoha Corruption Case Cost These Two Investigators More Than Their Jobs

The Kealoha Corruption Case Cost These Two Investigators More Than Their Jobs

Former Honolulu Ethics Commission investigators Chuck Totto and Letha DeCaires speak out about the politics and questionable practices they say clouded one of the most important cases of their careers.

Next Kealoha Trials May Get Pushed Back As New Attorney Gets Up To Speed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Next Kealoha Trials May Get Pushed Back As New Attorney Gets Up To Speed

Katherine Kealoha’s attorney wants to delay a bank fraud until next year. That could also set back her drug trafficking trial, too. 

Defiant Ethics Commission Defends Decisions On Kealohas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Defiant Ethics Commission Defends Decisions On Kealohas

The chair of the Honolulu Ethics Commission pushes back on criticism that the commission short-circuited a probe of the former police chief, his wife and other cops.

Ethics Commission Set To Examine Its Role In Kealoha Corruption Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Commission Set To Examine Its Role In Kealoha Corruption Case

The oversight board stopped its former executive director and investigator from pursuing ethics investigations into the city police chief and his prosecutor wife.

Gabbard Lags Behind Presidential Race Frontrunners In Fundraising Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Lags Behind Presidential Race Frontrunners In Fundraising

The Hawaii congresswoman raised less money in the second quarter of 2019 than she did in the first part of the year.