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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.)

Mazie Hirono’s Mother, A Prominent Role Model For Her, Has Died Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Mazie Hirono’s Mother, A Prominent Role Model For Her, Has Died

The U.S. senator often talks about how her mother, who fled an abusive relationship in Japan, helped shape her own identity.

‘It’s Not Sexy’: Kahele Eyes Overdue Hawaii Projects For Biden’s Jobs Plan Kai Kahele

‘It’s Not Sexy’: Kahele Eyes Overdue Hawaii Projects For Biden’s Jobs Plan

The congressman wants to use federal money to replace cesspools, update wastewater treatment plants and fix ailing bridges and roads.

Another $800M For Rail? Don’t Count On It, Schatz Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Another $800M For Rail? Don’t Count On It, Schatz Says

Hawaii’s senior senator says there’s little appetite in Washington to appropriate more federal funds for Honolulu’s troubled and overbudget rail.

New SHOPO TV Spots Aim For A Positive Police Image Screen shot

New SHOPO TV Spots Aim For A Positive Police Image

A series of television ads looks to counter the many controversies clouding policing in the islands.

Hawaii Jockeys For Advantage In Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Jockeys For Advantage In Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Local politicians, business leaders and labor organizers say Hawaii needs funds to reduce its dependence on petroleum, boost rail and improve wastewater systems.

Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Could Bring Billions To Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Could Bring Billions To Hawaii

The president will unveil his American Jobs Plan, which has the potential to infuse huge sums of money into the islands’ transportation and energy infrastructure.

Why The Public Needs To Know More About Police Contract Talks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why The Public Needs To Know More About Police Contract Talks

In Hawaii and across the U.S., advocates for police accountability are scrutinizing the union contracts that keep troublesome officers on the job.

Hirono And Duckworth Threaten ‘No’ Votes Over Lack Of Diversity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono And Duckworth Threaten ‘No’ Votes Over Lack Of Diversity

UPDATED The Democratic senators quickly backed down from their threat to vote against President Joe Biden’s nominees after receiving assurances from the White House to bring on a senior Asian American and Pacific Islander advisor.

Mazie Hirono Pushes DOJ To Take On Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Mazie Hirono Pushes DOJ To Take On Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

The Hawaii senator has been concerned about increasing hate crimes against the Asian American community since the pandemic started.