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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.)

Indian Americans Are Big Donors To Gabbard Campaign Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Indian Americans Are Big Donors To Gabbard Campaign

The Hawaii congresswoman, who was the first Hindu elected to Congress, has used her connections to the Indian community to fill her political war chest.

Hawaii Rep. Ed Case Raised 99% Of Campaign Money From PACs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Rep. Ed Case Raised 99% Of Campaign Money From PACs

The congressman raised nearly $78,000 during the first quarter of 2019. Only $425 came from individual donors.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Raises $1.9 Million In Bid For White House Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Raises $1.9 Million In Bid For White House

Meanwhile, Kai Kahele, the state senator vying to take her congressional seat, says he feels good about the $250,000 he raised so far.

Honolulu Police Corruption: ‘Don’t Try To BS’ The Judge Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Corruption: ‘Don’t Try To BS’ The Judge

U.S. District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright is known for his intelligence, fairness and outstanding legal ability.

Sen. Kai Kahele Says He’s Raised $250,000 To Challenge Tulsi Gabbard Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sen. Kai Kahele Says He’s Raised $250,000 To Challenge Tulsi Gabbard

The state senator says the money came from 3,231 donors after he announced his congressional candidacy.

Defendant Wants To Stop Early Testimony Of Katherine Kealoha’s 99-Year-Old Grandmother Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Defendant Wants To Stop Early Testimony Of Katherine Kealoha’s 99-Year-Old Grandmother

Federal prosecutors want to get the testimony of Florence Puana in a videotaped deposition before the Kealohas’ trial starts because she’s fallen ill.

Schatz Leads Senate Dems On Climate Change: ‘The Crisis Of Our Generation’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz Leads Senate Dems On Climate Change: ‘The Crisis Of Our Generation’

The Hawaii senator is chairman of a new committee on the climate crisis. He talks about what that means.

Kealoha Attorney Wants UH Instructor Muzzled Or Fired Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Attorney Wants UH Instructor Muzzled Or Fired

Rustam Barbee says that UH law school instructor Ken Lawson has crossed a line. But Lawson says Barbee is trying to bully him into silence about the case.

Feds Want Testimony From Katherine Kealoha’s Aging Grandmother Before It’s Too Late Submitted

Feds Want Testimony From Katherine Kealoha’s Aging Grandmother Before It’s Too Late

Florence Puana, a key witness in both the mail box and financial fraud trials, is 99 years old and now seriously ill and hospitalized.

2019 Is Shaping Up As The Year Of Investigation In Congress Nick Grube/Civil Beat

2019 Is Shaping Up As The Year Of Investigation In Congress

Hawaii Congressman Ed Case plans to keep tabs on the Trump administration by exerting influence over the purse strings, but he’s not keen on impeachment.

How An Accused Drug Dealer Became Key To The Biggest Corruption Case In Honolulu History Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How An Accused Drug Dealer Became Key To The Biggest Corruption Case In Honolulu History

A 2015 drug raid highlights the many angles federal investigators are pursuing as part of a years-long corruption investigation.

The Kealohas Could Lose Their Taxpayer-Funded Lawyers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Kealohas Could Lose Their Taxpayer-Funded Lawyers

With the sale of their Hawaii Kai home pending final approval, federal prosecutors have asked a judge to review whether the couple can afford their own defense counsel.