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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.)

Accused Crime Boss Michael Miske Will Remain Behind Bars Hawaii News Now

Accused Crime Boss Michael Miske Will Remain Behind Bars

A federal prosecutor described Miske as one of the most dangerous defendants he has ever prosecuted.

Tulsi Gabbard Calls On Ige To Fire Top Health Officials For ‘Gross Negligence’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Calls On Ige To Fire Top Health Officials For ‘Gross Negligence’

The Hawaii congresswoman says that state Health Director Bruce Anderson and Epidemiologist Sarah Park have put the community in danger by being slow to hire more COVID-19 contact tracers.

‘A Heart Of Gold’: The Other Side Of Accused Crime Boss Michael Miske Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘A Heart Of Gold’: The Other Side Of Accused Crime Boss Michael Miske

The Hawaii businessman charged with racketeering and murder convinced several people to write letters on his behalf so that he can get out on bail while awaiting trial.

US House: Kahele, Case Easily Win Primaries Cory Lum/Civil Beat

US House: Kahele, Case Easily Win Primaries

There was little drama in the races to represent Hawaii in Congress, with Kai Kahele easily staving off challengers and Ed Case running unopposed.

Hey, Hawaii, Don’t Expect Washington To Bail Us Out Just Yet Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hey, Hawaii, Don’t Expect Washington To Bail Us Out Just Yet

Federal negotiators once again failed to strike a deal on a new coronavirus relief package as workers across the country continue to struggle.

Case, Kahele Raised $1.4 Million Despite A Lack Of Competition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Case, Kahele Raised $1.4 Million Despite A Lack Of Competition

They received hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interest groups and those with strong ties to the business community.

States, Including Hawaii, Slow To Spend COVID-19 Relief Aid Cory Lum/Civil Beat

States, Including Hawaii, Slow To Spend COVID-19 Relief Aid

State and local governments received $150 billion through a federal coronavirus relief program, but a new report shows they have yet to spend much of the money.

Alleged Oahu Crime Boss’ Nightclub Was A Popular Place For Political Fundraisers Hawaii News Now

Alleged Oahu Crime Boss’ Nightclub Was A Popular Place For Political Fundraisers

M Nightclub had a reputation as a rough place but political office-seekers didn’t seem to mind.

The Feds Are Back In Hawaii As Corruption Probe Picks Up Steam Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Feds Are Back In Hawaii As Corruption Probe Picks Up Steam Again

COVID-19 shut things down for a bit. But prosecutors are back in town and recently called former police commissioner Max Sword before the grand jury.