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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.)

Honolulu Police Corruption Probe Now Includes Katherine Kealoha’s Brother Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Corruption Probe Now Includes Katherine Kealoha’s Brother

A federal grand jury continues to expand its investigation, now delving into prescription pain medications that were seized during a 2015 drug raid.

Federal Investigators Are Digging Deeper Into Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Investigators Are Digging Deeper Into Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office

The Justice Department inquiry into Honolulu police corruption has lasted four years and resulted in numerous indictments. But Keith Kaneshiro isn’t talking.

Tulsi Gabbard’s Race To The Top Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard’s Race To The Top

The congresswoman got a taste of what life might be like on the campaign trail in 2020 with visits to New Hampshire and Vermont. But can she win?

Hawaii Does Fine Raking In Federal Dollars Without Earmarks Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Hawaii Does Fine Raking In Federal Dollars Without Earmarks

There’s talk in Congress of resurrecting the system for bringing home the bacon. But lawmakers say it’s questionable how much that would help the state.

Tulsi Gabbard For President? ‘I Am Seriously Considering It’ Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard For President? ‘I Am Seriously Considering It’

UPDATED: Speculation has been mounting, but at an appearance in New Hampshire she said she’s thinking of how she can “best be of service to the people of this country.”

Tulsi Gabbard In Vermont: Protect Our Resources From Those ‘Driven By Greed’ Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard In Vermont: Protect Our Resources From Those ‘Driven By Greed’

The Hawaii congresswoman participated in a panel at the Sanders Institute Gathering as part of a New England tour that includes feeling out her presidential ambitions.

Is This The Beginning Of Tulsi Gabbard’s Bid For President? Nick Grube/CIvil Beat

Is This The Beginning Of Tulsi Gabbard’s Bid For President?

The congresswoman will travel from a high-profile event for Bernie Sanders progressives in Vermont to New Hampshire, where she’ll participate in a pre-presidential meet and greet.

Hawaii False Missile Alert: New Problems Found In Federal Warning System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii False Missile Alert: New Problems Found In Federal Warning System

A recent inspector general report highlights shortcomings in FEMA’s oversight of the emergency warning system.

Tulsi Gabbard Just Called Donald Trump ‘Saudi Arabia’s Bitch’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Just Called Donald Trump ‘Saudi Arabia’s Bitch’

The Hawaii congresswoman is upset about the president’s support of Saudi Arabia despite the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and its ongoing war in Yemen.

Hirono Files Suit Against Trump Over Appointment of Acting AG Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hirono Files Suit Against Trump Over Appointment of Acting AG

The Hawaii senator joined two Senate Democrats in the action, which argues Matthew Whitaker’s appointment is unconstitutional.

Back In Washington Ed Case Gets Ready For ‘A Wild Ride’ Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Back In Washington Ed Case Gets Ready For ‘A Wild Ride’

The congressman will join one of the most diverse freshman classes in U.S. House history, one that must decide if Nancy Pelosi will still lead them.

Where Does Tulsi Gabbard Fit In The New House Democratic Majority? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Where Does Tulsi Gabbard Fit In The New House Democratic Majority?

The Hawaii congresswoman, who’s considering a run for president, has been outspoken about party establishment and wasn’t a major factor in Democratic fundraising efforts.