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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.)

Hawaii Troops Help Secure US Capitol As Biden Takes Oath Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hawaii Troops Help Secure US Capitol As Biden Takes Oath

Nearly 200 troops were deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for the inauguration.

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Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Told To Stay Away From DC Or Face Another Arrest

Nicholas Ochs was part of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Kahele Presses For Full Investigation Of Military Insurrectionists Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Kahele Presses For Full Investigation Of Military Insurrectionists

The congressman, who is in the Hawaii National Guard, sent a letter to the heads of the DOJ and Defense Department to find out what punitive options are available in addition to criminal prosecution.

Hawaii Reps Impeach Trump While Vowing To Not ‘Live In Fear’ Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hawaii Reps Impeach Trump While Vowing To Not ‘Live In Fear’

Democrats Ed Case and Kai Kahele have been coming to terms with the political violence carried out by a pro-Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol while trying to hold the president accountable.

Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Released From Custody, Still Faces Charge In DC Screen shot

Hawaii ‘Proud Boy’ Released From Custody, Still Faces Charge In DC

Nicholas Ochs is a self-professed member of a violent, far-right extremist organization that stormed the U.S. Capitol along with other supporters of President Donald Trump.

Hawaii Proud Boy Charged By DOJ After Raiding US Capitol Screen shot

Hawaii Proud Boy Charged By DOJ After Raiding US Capitol

Nicholas Ochs, a state House candidate and outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, was an “easy target” for the feds, his attorney says.

Members Of Hawaii Delegation Call For Immediate Removal Of Trump Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Members Of Hawaii Delegation Call For Immediate Removal Of Trump

UPDATED: Freshman Congressman Kai Kahele, U.S. Rep. Ed Case and U.S. senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono said it’s time to get rid of the president after his supporters attacked police and stormed the U.S. Capitol building.

HPD Deputy Says ‘We Did Nothing Wrong’ In Surveillance Of Cabinet Official Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

HPD Deputy Says ‘We Did Nothing Wrong’ In Surveillance Of Cabinet Official

The Honolulu Police Commission didn’t ask many questions about a covert operation that targeted the city’s former medical examiner.

Our DC Reporter Had A Close-Up View Of The Mob Taking Over The Capitol Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Our DC Reporter Had A Close-Up View Of The Mob Taking Over The Capitol

Nick Grube was on his way to the Electoral College ceremony when events of the day overtook him.