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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.)

Gabbard Backs Off Boycott, Will Debate After All Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Gabbard Backs Off Boycott, Will Debate After All

The Hawaii congresswoman, who is struggling to break through on the national stage, said she was considering skipping Tuesday’s presidential debate.

Tulsi Gabbard Threatens To Boycott Presidential Debate Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Threatens To Boycott Presidential Debate

The Hawaii congresswoman, who says the current political system is “rigged,” will make her decision in the coming days.

Rep. Gabbard Plays Up Military Service But Says Little About It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rep. Gabbard Plays Up Military Service But Says Little About It

The Hawaii congresswoman says her experience helps qualify her for the White House, but she has dodged repeated requests for details.

Gabbard Skips CNN LGBTQ Town Hall To Campaign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Skips CNN LGBTQ Town Hall To Campaign

The congresswoman, who used to oppose same-sex marriage, has complained about not getting enough national attention.

How Tulsi Gabbard Got Back On The National Debate Stage Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

How Tulsi Gabbard Got Back On The National Debate Stage

The Hawaii congresswoman needed to hit 2% in at least four qualifying presidential polls to keep her White House dreams alive.

Poll: Gabbard’s Constituents Want Her To End Presidential Campaign Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Poll: Gabbard’s Constituents Want Her To End Presidential Campaign

The Hawaii congresswoman might be in trouble, too, if she decides to run for re-election to keep her House seat.

Newly Released Minutes Reveal How Louis Kealoha Got His $250K Buyout Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Newly Released Minutes Reveal How Louis Kealoha Got His $250K Buyout

The Honolulu Police Commission recently released minutes from secret meetings where commissioners and city attorneys hashed out a lucrative retirement deal for the former police chief.

Clare Connors: Hawaii’s Attorney General Is ‘Answering The Call’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Clare Connors: Hawaii’s Attorney General Is ‘Answering The Call’

She was on the verge of being a federal judge, but stalled in the Senate. Now she’s Hawaii’s top law enforcement officer. 

Tulsi Gabbard Now Says She Supports Trump Impeachment Inquiry Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Now Says She Supports Trump Impeachment Inquiry

The Hawaii congresswoman, a Democrat running for president, had previously said impeachment would further divide the country.

Rep. Ed Case Backs Pelosi’s Call For Impeachment Inquiry Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rep. Ed Case Backs Pelosi’s Call For Impeachment Inquiry

Allegations that Trump pressured a foreign country to investigate Joe Biden “go to the core of this or any President’s constitutional duties and our national security.”

Tulsi Gabbard Earns Spot In October Debate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Earns Spot In October Debate

The Hawaii congresswoman will be back on the stage after missing the September debate.

DNC Ups Thresholds To Qualify For 5th Presidential Debate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DNC Ups Thresholds To Qualify For 5th Presidential Debate

The new requirements come as Tulsi Gabbard is one poll away from reaching the October forum stage.