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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.)

Ed Case: Impeachment Is In ‘Every Single One Of My Days’ Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Ed Case: Impeachment Is In ‘Every Single One Of My Days’

Hawaii Congressman Ed Case says that every day he has to balance the House’s ongoing impeachment investigation with his day to day job of representing his district.

Kealoha Drug Plea Results In New Claim Of Prosecutorial Misconduct Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Drug Plea Results In New Claim Of Prosecutorial Misconduct

Accused drug dealer Tiffany Masunaga wants charges against her dropped because Katherine Kealoha admitted manipulating the case.

Mazie Hirono Gets A Book Deal To Tell Her Life Story Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Mazie Hirono Gets A Book Deal To Tell Her Life Story

The U.S. senator from Hawaii will detail her upbringing as an immigrant, her recent bout with kidney cancer and her political life in the Trump era.

US Supreme Court Hears Maui Pollution Case As Mayor, Council Fight Continues Nick Grube/Civil Beat

US Supreme Court Hears Maui Pollution Case As Mayor, Council Fight Continues

The high profile case is now in the hands of the justices, but if the Maui County Council gets its way a decision may never come.

The Stakes Are High As Maui Wastewater Case Heads To US Supreme Court Courtesy: Jen Smith

The Stakes Are High As Maui Wastewater Case Heads To US Supreme Court

The lawsuit has drawn attention from environmental groups, fossil fuel interests and the Trump administration, which is backing Maui County.

New Lawsuit Filed In Maui County’s Supreme Court Showdown Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Lawsuit Filed In Maui County’s Supreme Court Showdown

The latest legal action asks a state court judge to allow the Maui County Council to settle the case before it has the potential to carve a giant loophole into the Clean Water Act.

How Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation Is Involved In Impeachment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation Is Involved In Impeachment

The inquiry into President Trump and Ukraine is consuming Washington, but the four Democrats from the Aloha State will play different roles.

New DNC Debate Criteria Could Leave Gabbard On The Outside Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New DNC Debate Criteria Could Leave Gabbard On The Outside

The Hawaii congresswoman continues to struggle to break out in a crowded presidential field.

Gabbard Affirms She Won’t Run As Third Party Candidate Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Gabbard Affirms She Won’t Run As Third Party Candidate

The Hawaii congresswoman seeking the presidency also calls for more transparency in the Trump impeachment inquiry.

Hirono, Top Senate Dems Call For Return Of DACA Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hirono, Top Senate Dems Call For Return Of DACA

The Hawaii senator, who herself is an immigrant, wants permanent protections for dreamers targeted by the Trump administration. 

Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Blood Of The Kurds’ On Trump’s Hands Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Blood Of The Kurds’ On Trump’s Hands

The Hawaii congresswoman continued to push for ending U.S. involvement in “regime-change war” during Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate.

Federal Campaign Filings Show Gabbard Has Raised Another $3 Million Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Federal Campaign Filings Show Gabbard Has Raised Another $3 Million

State Sen. Kai Kahele continues to rake in cash in his bid to oust the CD2 congresswoman.