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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.)

Title IX And The Future of Democracy: A Conversation With Wendy Mink Submitted: Gwendolyn Mink/1993

Title IX And The Future of Democracy: A Conversation With Wendy Mink

Wendy Mink talks about the many struggles her mother faced while navigating a political world dominated by men.

Political Newcomer Sergio Alcubilla Is Seeking To Oust US Rep. Ed Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Political Newcomer Sergio Alcubilla Is Seeking To Oust US Rep. Ed Case

Alcubilla admits his candidacy is a long shot, but he’s hoping his stance on social spending will propel him in the Democratic primary.

Biden Withdraws Ex-KPD Chief’s Nomination After Retaliation Accusations Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Biden Withdraws Ex-KPD Chief’s Nomination After Retaliation Accusations

The president nominated Michael Contrades for U.S. Marshal despite his involvement in a federal lawsuit that ended in a nearly $2 million settlement.

A Progressive Super PAC Seeks To Change Hawaii Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

A Progressive Super PAC Seeks To Change Hawaii Politics

Our Hawaii Action is creating a super PAC and 501(c)4 dark money group to influence voters in favor of progressive candidates.

Hawaii GOP Wants Republican Senators To Block Biden’s Nominee For US Marshal Hawaii News Now

Hawaii GOP Wants Republican Senators To Block Biden’s Nominee For US Marshal

Michael Contrades was named as a defendant in a federal retaliation lawsuit that settled in 2020 for nearly $2 million.

Kuhi Kahi Hōʻike I Ka Hana ʻIno ʻIa ʻAna O Nā Haumāna Ma Nā Kula Hānai Hawaiʻi Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Kuhi Kahi Hōʻike I Ka Hana ʻIno ʻIa ʻAna O Nā Haumāna Ma Nā Kula Hānai Hawaiʻi

Ua ʻoi iki aku nō paha ka ʻoluʻolu o ka nohona o ka Hawaiʻi ma mua o ka haumāna ʻInikia ma ka ʻāina haole, wahi a kahi noiʻi pekelala. 

California Couple Indicted For PPP Loan Fraud In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat/2017

California Couple Indicted For PPP Loan Fraud In Hawaii

According to the U.S. Justice Department, Christopher and Erin Mazzei defrauded the government of more than $1.3 million in Covid-19 relief aid to purchase two SUVs and a condo in Kapolei.

Retaliation Accusations Could Sink Biden’s Nominee For US Marshal In Hawaii Hawaii News Now

Retaliation Accusations Could Sink Biden’s Nominee For US Marshal In Hawaii

Michael Contrades was a defendant in a federal lawsuit that settled for $1.8 million and included a provision that he stay away from the Kauai Police Department until his alleged victim no longer worked there.

Three Hawaii Politicians Among Americans Banned From Russia Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Three Hawaii Politicians Among Americans Banned From Russia

Sen. Schatz and Reps. Case and Kahele are all on the list. Sen. Hirono is not.