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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.)

Hawaii Supreme Court: The Public Has A ‘Compelling’ Interest In Knowing About Police Misconduct Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Supreme Court: The Public Has A ‘Compelling’ Interest In Knowing About Police Misconduct

The decision upholds the release of public records in a Civil Beat lawsuit that sought the arbitration file of Sgt. Darren Cachola.

Cockfights And Corruption: How Police Arbitration Kept This Cop On The Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Cockfights And Corruption: How Police Arbitration Kept This Cop On The Job

In Hawaii, arbitrators look to previous decisions in order to be fair, no matter how serious the misconduct or whether it’s even similar.

After Holding Out, Case Backs $3.5T Budget Spending Deal Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

After Holding Out, Case Backs $3.5T Budget Spending Deal

The Hawaii congressman agreed to move forward on the plan in exchange for a vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes $550 billion in new spending.

Case Teams Up With Moderates To Put The Brakes On $3.5 Trillion Budget Deal Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Case Teams Up With Moderates To Put The Brakes On $3.5 Trillion Budget Deal

The Hawaii congressman says he wants the House to pass a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package.

ʻO Nā Kealoha, Nā Pāʻina Kōkeina, A Me Ke Oxycodone Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

ʻO Nā Kealoha, Nā Pāʻina Kōkeina, A Me Ke Oxycodone

Ma kekahi hoʻokolokolo e hiki mai ana, ua hoʻāhewa ʻia ko Katherine Kealoha kaikunāne ʻo Rudolph Puana i ka hoʻoholo ʻana i kekahi lina lāʻau kuhikuhi ma kona kikowaena lāʻau hoʻēmi ʻeha ma ka Moku o Keawe. 

Hawaii Mistaken Identity Case: ‘They’re Just Trying To Cover It Up’ Submitted

Hawaii Mistaken Identity Case: ‘They’re Just Trying To Cover It Up’

Joshua Spriestersbach was held in the Hawaii State Hospital for more than two years after police identified him as someone else. No one’s talking about how things went so wrong.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Could Bring Billions Of Dollars To Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Could Bring Billions Of Dollars To Hawaii

The bill, which is currently being debated in the U.S. Senate, includes money for roads, highways, broadband and infrastructure for electric vehicles.

New Reports Show Campaign Cash Is Flowing In To Hawaii’s Elected US Officials Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

New Reports Show Campaign Cash Is Flowing In To Hawaii’s Elected US Officials

Sen. Brian Schatz has millions of dollars in the bank with the 2022 election still more than a year away.

Here’s How A Hawaii Concert Promoter Got More COVID Aid Than Carnegie Hall Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Here’s How A Hawaii Concert Promoter Got More COVID Aid Than Carnegie Hall

Jonny Mack and his companies received more money through a federal grant program for shuttered venues than anyone else in Hawaii.