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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 Staying In The Race Despite Finishing Far Behind In New Hampshire Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Gabbard Staying In The Race Despite Finishing Far Behind In New Hampshire

The Hawaii congresswoman invested a lot of resources in New Hampshire with hopes of outperforming the polls and keeping her struggling campaign afloat.

Tulsi Gabbard Bets Her Presidential Campaign On New Hampshire Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Bets Her Presidential Campaign On New Hampshire

The Hawaii congresswoman, who performed dismally in Iowa, has pretty much lived in the Granite State since December and hosted more than 100 events.

Tangled Web Of Campaign Cash Connects Hawaii To Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Tangled Web Of Campaign Cash Connects Hawaii To Maine

Tens of thousands of dollars in contributions have flowed from a Hawaii defense contractor, his family and employees to a Maine Republican senator.

Trump’s Revamp Of Major Environmental Law ‘A Disaster For Hawaii’ Hawaii DLNR

Trump’s Revamp Of Major Environmental Law ‘A Disaster For Hawaii’

Proposed changes to one of the country’s most influential environmental laws could mean less public scrutiny and oversight of big projects.

Impeachment: Hawaii Senators Cast Their Votes Against The President Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Impeachment: Hawaii Senators Cast Their Votes Against The President

Both of Hawaii’s senators voted to convict the president on two counts, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

No Aloha For Tulsi Gabbard In Iowa Presidential Caucus Nick Grube/Civil Beat

No Aloha For Tulsi Gabbard In Iowa Presidential Caucus

The Hawaii congresswoman has focused much of her attention on New Hampshire despite an early push in the Hawkeye State.

Watchdog Asks FEC To Probe Hawaii Company’s $150K Political Donation AP

Watchdog Asks FEC To Probe Hawaii Company’s $150K Political Donation

A mysterious company may have broken federal campaign law when it gave a large donation to a super PAC supporting Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

Whistleblowers Allege Cozy Ties Between Hawaii Tour Helicopters, FAA Regulators Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Whistleblowers Allege Cozy Ties Between Hawaii Tour Helicopters, FAA Regulators

UPDATED: The chairman of the U.S. Senate Transportation Committee, along with Hawaii’s senators, called for the Inspector General to investigate.

Meet The Former Hawaii Lawyer Who’s Defending President Donald Trump CSPAN

Meet The Former Hawaii Lawyer Who’s Defending President Donald Trump

Michael Purpura, who works for the White House, has spent much of his career bouncing between the East Coast and the islands.

CNN Gives Gabbard The Cold Shoulder In New Hampshire Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

CNN Gives Gabbard The Cold Shoulder In New Hampshire

The cable news network announced a series of town halls for eight 2020 Democrats before the state’s Feb. 11 primary, but the Hawaii congresswoman says she wasn’t invited.

Maui Mayor Wants Federal Help With Island Sustainability Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Maui Mayor Wants Federal Help With Island Sustainability

Civil Beat caught up with the mayor at a recent event in Washington, D.C., to discuss climate change, his hope to turn Maui into Hawaii’s food basket and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Caldwell Talks Homelessness, HUD and Honolulu Rail In Washington DC Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Caldwell Talks Homelessness, HUD and Honolulu Rail In Washington DC

The Honolulu mayor is in the nation’s capital this week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He’s also meeting with federal officials about the city’s largest ever public works project.