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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.)

Video Reveals Details Of Events Leading To HPD’s Killing Of Lindani Myeni Provided: Bickerton Law Group

Video Reveals Details Of Events Leading To HPD’s Killing Of Lindani Myeni

The Ring video obtained in a wrongful death lawsuit shows Myeni repeatedly apologizing to the occupants of a house he walked into.

Emails Show HART Leaders Always Wanted To Hire Hanabusa As Consultant Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Emails Show HART Leaders Always Wanted To Hire Hanabusa As Consultant

Newly released documents confirm what many suspected: that the contract and its restrictive qualifications were written with the former congresswoman in mind.

Federal Investigation Into Keith Kaneshiro Picks Up As Pandemic Winds Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Federal Investigation Into Keith Kaneshiro Picks Up As Pandemic Winds Down

Donors to the former elected Honolulu prosecutor have come under increased scrutiny as the U.S. Justice Department tries to build its case.

Family Of Man Killed By HPD Wants Officer To Face Criminal Charges Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Family Of Man Killed By HPD Wants Officer To Face Criminal Charges

The decision will be up to Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm, but his office has yet to review the case even though it happened in 2019.

Broken Promise? Native Hawaiians’ Ongoing Feud With Bank of America Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Broken Promise? Native Hawaiians’ Ongoing Feud With Bank of America

The bank promised to lend $150 million to Native Hawaiians to help them buy homes on lands that had been set aside for them after the overthrow.

The FBI’s Hawaii Field Office Has A New Top Special Agent Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

The FBI’s Hawaii Field Office Has A New Top Special Agent

Steven Merrill was working at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., before being tapped to lead the agency’s operations in the Aloha State.

The FBI Is Probing A Hawaii Defense Contractor’s Donations To US Sen. Susan Collins Courtesy: Hawaii News Now

The FBI Is Probing A Hawaii Defense Contractor’s Donations To US Sen. Susan Collins

Martin Kao already faces criminal charges for defrauding a coronavirus relief aid program of millions of dollars.

Hanabusa Trades In A Lucrative Rail Contract For An Unpaid Seat On The HART Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Trades In A Lucrative Rail Contract For An Unpaid Seat On The HART Board

The former congresswoman had lined up a consulting gig that could have been worth nearly $1 million. But the deal raised many concerns including by contract experts.

Hirono Dishes On Rail, Anti-Asian Hate And Vaccine-Hesitant Trumpers Screenshot

Hirono Dishes On Rail, Anti-Asian Hate And Vaccine-Hesitant Trumpers

Hawaii U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono says Honolulu shouldn’t expect more money from the federal government to bail out its $12 billion transportation project.