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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.)

Katherine Kealoha Says She’s Mentally Unfit To Stand Trial But The Judge Disagrees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha Says She’s Mentally Unfit To Stand Trial But The Judge Disagrees

Newly unsealed court records show how the former city prosecutor and her attorney tried to have her declared mentally incompetent.

Schatz Health Care Idea On Presidential Stage Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Schatz Health Care Idea On Presidential Stage

Amy Klobuchar, the U.S. senator from Minnesota, said she doesn’t see Medicare-for-all happening anytime soon. But she likes a Hawaii senator’s alternative.

Police Union Goes To Court To Overturn Labor Board Ruling On Officer Transfers Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Police Union Goes To Court To Overturn Labor Board Ruling On Officer Transfers

The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers challenged the right of Police Chief Susan Ballard to reassign officers.

So Why Would Anyone Fake Stealing A Mailbox? The Feds Make Their Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

So Why Would Anyone Fake Stealing A Mailbox? The Feds Make Their Case

The U.S. Justice Department wants to present evidence of the Kealohas’ alleged financial crimes to help establish motive for the broader conspiracy case.

Gabbard Greeted In Iowa By Friendly Crowds And Fierce Weather Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Gabbard Greeted In Iowa By Friendly Crowds And Fierce Weather

The Hawaii congresswoman braved wintry conditions on her first visit to the Hawkeye State since announcing her presidential candidacy.

Fighting To Keep The Kealoha Case Open To The Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fighting To Keep The Kealoha Case Open To The Public

Brian Black of the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest has challenged attempts by both prosecutors and defendants to seal court records.

Gabbard Takes Heat On MSNBC Over Russia, Assad Screen shot

Gabbard Takes Heat On MSNBC Over Russia, Assad

As the Hawaii congresswoman escalates her bid for president, she’s already facing stiff questions from journalists on a number of issues.

Tulsi Gabbard Kicks Off 2020 Campaign With $2 Million In The Bank Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Kicks Off 2020 Campaign With $2 Million In The Bank

The Hawaii congresswoman will need to raise a lot more if she expects to compete with Democrat heavyweights such as Elizabeth Warren, who reported having $11 million in cash on hand.

High Turnover In Gabbard’s Office Preceded ‘Tulsi 2020’ Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

High Turnover In Gabbard’s Office Preceded ‘Tulsi 2020’ Problems

The Hawaii congresswoman has had a hard time holding on to staff, so much so that her turnover rate has been among the highest in all of Congress.

Gabbard’s Claims Of ‘Religious Bigotry’ Draw Cheers From The Right Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard’s Claims Of ‘Religious Bigotry’ Draw Cheers From The Right

A $1.5 million ad campaign from a group that wants to stack the courts with conservative judges features the Hawaii congresswoman’s recent attacks against Senate Democrats.

A New Public Corruption Scandal Looms For Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

A New Public Corruption Scandal Looms For Hawaii

A Honolulu engineer admitted paying $400,000 in bribes, but secrecy still surrounds the state employees and Micronesian officials who allegedly accepted payoffs.

Welcome To The Instant Outrage Of Today’s Washington, Mr. Case

Welcome To The Instant Outrage Of Today’s Washington, Mr. Case

The Hawaii congressman got a first-hand view of how quickly a slip-up becomes headline news in the era of Trump, Twitter and the saturation of social media.