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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.)

Fish Councils Look For Ways To Bounce Back From Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fish Councils Look For Ways To Bounce Back From Pandemic

Fishery managers met remotely this week to discuss the dwindling of their markets because of COVID-19.

Tulsi Gabbard Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton

The Hawaii congresswoman sued the former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate after Clinton described her as a “favorite of the Russians.”

Hawaii Fish Council Urges Trump To Open Marine Monuments To Fishing Courtesy: NOAA

Hawaii Fish Council Urges Trump To Open Marine Monuments To Fishing

This is the second time Wespac has asked the president to make it easier to fish in and around environmental sanctuaries.

Hawaii Fishermen Are Stuck In Port As Federal Aid Falls Short Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Fishermen Are Stuck In Port As Federal Aid Falls Short

A lack of demand means lower prices and less incentive for Hawaii’s longline fleet, which is struggling to survive during a global pandemic.

This Federal Bailout Is Bringing A Lot More Money To Hawaii Than The Last One In 2008 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Federal Bailout Is Bringing A Lot More Money To Hawaii Than The Last One In 2008

The Great Recession’s federal stimulus program focused on building projects while CARES is putting more money directly into the pockets of residents and business owners.

Democrats Push For Another $3 Trillion In COVID-19 Relief As Republicans Balk Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Democrats Push For Another $3 Trillion In COVID-19 Relief As Republicans Balk

House Democrats unveiled their plan Wednesday, which includes more direct payments for individuals and hazard pay for essential workers.

Ige Backs Off His Suspension Of State Open Government Laws Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Backs Off His Suspension Of State Open Government Laws

In a new proclamation, the governor asks agencies to do their best when it comes to providing public access to public meetings and records.

Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Kealohas Stuck In Limbo Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Kealohas Stuck In Limbo

Gerard Puana’s attorney wants a federal judge to lift a temporary hold on the case so that a resolution can be found.

Native Hawaiians Are Losing Out On Millions Of COVID-19 Dollars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Native Hawaiians Are Losing Out On Millions Of COVID-19 Dollars

Native Hawaiians do not have a centralized government formally recognized by the federal government.

Hawaii’s Most Vulnerable Are Being Hit Hardest By The Economic Shutdown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Most Vulnerable Are Being Hit Hardest By The Economic Shutdown

A new report shared with state officials highlights just how hard the coronavirus pandemic hit Hawaii’s economy.

Report: CDC’s Troubled COVID-19 Early Warning System Included Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: CDC’s Troubled COVID-19 Early Warning System Included Honolulu

Federal health officials believed there was a high likelihood the coronavirus would take hold on the islands early on in the pandemic.

US Supreme Court Rules Against Maui In Major Clean Water Case Nick Grube/Civil Beat

US Supreme Court Rules Against Maui In Major Clean Water Case

UPDATED: The decision averted what many environmentalists feared was a gutting of the Clean Water Act.