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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 Gets Second Defense Lawyer Late In Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha Gets Second Defense Lawyer Late In Trial

Earle Partington joins the former’s prosecutor’s defense team in her public corruption trial.

Kealoha Trial: ‘A Conspiracy Is A Living, Breathing Thing’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial: ‘A Conspiracy Is A Living, Breathing Thing’

Prosecutors wrap up their case. Then the defense calls to the witness stand one of the alleged co-conspirators who already pleaded guilty.

Kealoha Trial Resumes: Now You Can See What The Jury’s Been Looking At Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial Resumes: Now You Can See What The Jury’s Been Looking At

The trial took a break last week. That gave the court a chance to release some of the exhibits prosecutors have presented to the jury.

Louis Kealoha Wants City Taxpayers To Pay More Of His Legal Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Louis Kealoha Wants City Taxpayers To Pay More Of His Legal Bills

The former Honolulu police chief faces a series of federal charges related to corruption and abuse of power.

NY Magazine Looks At Rep. Gabbard’s ‘Very Strange Childhood’ Screen shot

NY Magazine Looks At Rep. Gabbard’s ‘Very Strange Childhood’

The piece is the latest example of the national media focusing on the Hawaii congresswoman’s upbringing.

Kealoha Trial: Prosecutors Zero In On Defendant’s Memory Lapses Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial: Prosecutors Zero In On Defendant’s Memory Lapses

Jurors hear audio clips of the grand jury testimony of one of the three officers on trial for allegedly helping the police chief and his prosecutor wife frame a man for stealing their mailbox.

Ex-City Ethics Director: When We Got Close The Kealohas Fought Back Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ex-City Ethics Director: When We Got Close The Kealohas Fought Back

Chuck Totto testifies about how he was retaliated against for investigating the Kealohas long before they came to the attention of federal prosecutors.

‘We Were The Best Of Friends’: Gerard Puana Testifies In Kealoha Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘We Were The Best Of Friends’: Gerard Puana Testifies In Kealoha Trial

UPDATED: The man allegedly framed in a mailbox theft that’s turned into a massive corruption case talks about the ups and downs of his relationship with his niece, Katherine Kealoha.

She Says She Was Betrayed By Her Granddaughter, Katherine Kealoha Submitted

She Says She Was Betrayed By Her Granddaughter, Katherine Kealoha

Jurors watch the video testimony of Florence Puana, 99, in the public corruption trial of the Kealohas and three police officers.

Kealoha Trial: ‘I Thought It Was Uncle Gerry Right Off The Bat’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial: ‘I Thought It Was Uncle Gerry Right Off The Bat’

Prosecutors try to use police officers’ prior grand jury testimony against them in the criminal trial over an alleged frame job.

FEC Warns Gabbard She’s In Violation Of Ethics Rules Over Financial Disclosures Nick Grube/Civil Beat

FEC Warns Gabbard She’s In Violation Of Ethics Rules Over Financial Disclosures

The Hawaii congresswoman, who’s running for president, has yet to file her personal financial disclosures as required under ethics rules.

Kealoha Trial: ‘That’s Not The Way That Mailbox Should Come Off’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Trial: ‘That’s Not The Way That Mailbox Should Come Off’

Alexander Silvert, who’s credited with uncovering the alleged conspiracy involving Louis and Katherine Kealoha, gets his day in court.