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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.)

Schatz Named To New Leadership Position Among Senate Democrats Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Schatz Named To New Leadership Position Among Senate Democrats

Hawaii’s senior senator continues to ascend through the ranks of the party, which will hold a 51-49 majority in 2023.

Case, Kahele Vote To Pass Respect For Marriage Act Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2022

Case, Kahele Vote To Pass Respect For Marriage Act

This is the second time the Democratic duo have voted in favor of marriage equality. The bill now heads to President Joe Biden to become law.

Kahele Wants Federal Probe Of Lobbying Efforts For DHHL Lease Extension Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2022

Kahele Wants Federal Probe Of Lobbying Efforts For DHHL Lease Extension

Among the lobbyists representing the Prince Kuhio Plaza is Andy Winer, a recent political rival of the Hawaii congressman and former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

Closures Of Red Hill, Shark Fin Ban And Volcano Monitoring Included In Defense Bill Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2022

Closures Of Red Hill, Shark Fin Ban And Volcano Monitoring Included In Defense Bill

Congress has come to terms on an annual defense budget that sets spending for the U.S. military at $858 million for 2023.

How The Fight For Tribal Rights In North Carolina Could Reshape Native Hawaiian Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

How The Fight For Tribal Rights In North Carolina Could Reshape Native Hawaiian Housing

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz is trying to cut a last minute deal that could bring tens of millions of dollars in new funding to the islands for Native Hawaiian housing.

Schatz, Hirono Laud Passage Of Bill That Protects Same-Sex, Interracial Marriages Flickr

Schatz, Hirono Laud Passage Of Bill That Protects Same-Sex, Interracial Marriages

The Respect for Marriage Act is a direct response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which protected the right to an abortion, but also served as a warning shot that other rights were at risk.

DOJ Seeks 4-Year Prison Sentence For Hawaii Proud Boys Founder U.S. Justice Department/2021

DOJ Seeks 4-Year Prison Sentence For Hawaii Proud Boys Founder

Nicholas Ochs claimed he was a journalist when he breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with a mob of pro-Trump supporters. Prosecutors say he was a high-ranking official within the extremist organization who promoted violence.

Kahele Faces Ethics Probe For Allegedly Misusing Social Media During Campaign Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Kahele Faces Ethics Probe For Allegedly Misusing Social Media During Campaign

The Hawaii congressman is accused of misusing official resources for political purposes while running for governor. He was also cleared of wrongdoing related to his side job with Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaii Rep. Ed Case Looks Ahead To A Divided Congress In 2023 Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Rep. Ed Case Looks Ahead To A Divided Congress In 2023

Case says he’s hopeful he’ll be able to navigate the political split even in the minority, but he’s concerned about the anti-democratic leanings of some of his GOP colleagues.