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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.)

Kai Kahele: ‘We Have A Moral Obligation To Humanity’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kai Kahele: ‘We Have A Moral Obligation To Humanity’

The state senator who’s now running for Congress is no stranger to war. But he wants to restrict the president’s ability to take military action without the approval of Congress.

How The Endangered Hawaiian Hawk Became A Political Pawn Courtesy: U.S. FWS

How The Endangered Hawaiian Hawk Became A Political Pawn

The Trump administration has launched an all-out assault on federal environmental regulations, including the Endangered Species Act.

Kai Kahele Adds Another $216K To His Congressional War Chest Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kai Kahele Adds Another $216K To His Congressional War Chest

The state senator from Hawaii has yet to draw a big name opponent in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Gabbard, Case Vote To Curb Trump’s Ability To Wage War With Iran Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Gabbard, Case Vote To Curb Trump’s Ability To Wage War With Iran

Hawaii’s two representatives, both Democrats, were concerned about Trump’s decision to kill a top Iranian official without congressional approval.

New Hampshire Poll Won’t Help Gabbard’s Presidential Ambitions Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Hampshire Poll Won’t Help Gabbard’s Presidential Ambitions

The Hawaii congresswoman is poised to miss the debate stage for the second time in two months due mostly to her low poll numbers.

Hawaii Delegation Questions Trump’s Decision On Iran Drone Strike Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hawaii Delegation Questions Trump’s Decision On Iran Drone Strike

Case, Gabbard, Hirono and Schatz on Wednesday blasted the president’s authorization last week of the killing of a high-ranking Iranian military officer.

 

Hawaii Delegation Condemns Trump’s Targeted Killing Of Top Iranian Commander Courtesy: Chris Hunkeler/Flickr

Hawaii Delegation Condemns Trump’s Targeted Killing Of Top Iranian Commander

All four members have expressed concern about the Trump administration’s stance with Iran, which has escalated tensions within the region.

Tulsi Gabbard Sets Record In Her Latest Campaign Finance Report Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Sets Record In Her Latest Campaign Finance Report

But the Hawaii congresswoman still isn’t close to the amounts being raised by frontrunners in the 2020 presidential race.

Case On Congress: ‘I Lived In Two Parallel Universes’ In 2019 Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Case On Congress: ‘I Lived In Two Parallel Universes’ In 2019

The Hawaii congressman needed to balance the growing partisan divide with his desire to get work done for the state he calls home.

Hawaii Congressman Ed Case Renews His Crusade Against The Jones Act Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Congressman Ed Case Renews His Crusade Against The Jones Act

Case’s attempt to exempt Hawaii from the 1920 maritime law isn’t supported by others in the state’s federal delegation.

How A Nuclear Waste Site 2,800 Miles Away Became A Hawaii Priority Tamara Greenstone Alefaio

How A Nuclear Waste Site 2,800 Miles Away Became A Hawaii Priority

The Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands is cracked and in danger of spilling its radioactive contents into the Pacific Ocean.

Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘Present’ Vote Draws Lots Of Attention — And Criticism Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘Present’ Vote Draws Lots Of Attention — And Criticism

Gabbard argued the impeachment process against President Trump was hyper-partisan. Some saw her unprecedented vote as a political move to bolster her fading presidential campaign.