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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.)

No Longer At Odds: Tokuda Hosts Green In DC For Biden Speech Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2023

No Longer At Odds: Tokuda Hosts Green In DC For Biden Speech

It is Green's first trip to Washington since being sworn in as Hawaii's governor.

Analysis: Schatz, Hirono Secured More Earmarks Than Most Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2022

Analysis: Schatz, Hirono Secured More Earmarks Than Most

Hawaii’s senators obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds for special projects in the islands, including major upgrades to military infrastructure.

Case Leaves Blue Dogs Behind, But Still Holds On To His Moderate Values Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2022

Case Leaves Blue Dogs Behind, But Still Holds On To His Moderate Values

Internal disagreements within the centrist coalition caused a number of Democrats, including the Hawaii congressman, to move on.

Tokuda, Named To House Ag Panel, Says Hawaii Deserves Its ‘Fair Share’ David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Tokuda, Named To House Ag Panel, Says Hawaii Deserves Its ‘Fair Share’

The congresswoman will also serve on the House Armed Services Committee, following in the footsteps of her predecessors.

GOP Infighting Puts Jill Tokuda’s Swearing-In Ceremony On Hold Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2023

GOP Infighting Puts Jill Tokuda’s Swearing-In Ceremony On Hold

The first-term Hawaii congresswoman hopes that Tuesday's disarray will show Republicans that working with Democrats will be in their best interest moving forward.
‘A Hui Hou!’ Kai Kahele Bids Aloha To Congress Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

‘A Hui Hou!’ Kai Kahele Bids Aloha To Congress

Kahele says he is returning to his fulltime job as a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines as well as continue in the Hawaii National Guard.
Hiki I Kekahi ʻImina I Nā Pono Lāhui Ma Kalolaina ʻĀkau Ke Hoʻololi I Ka Hoʻohale ʻAna I Nā Kānaka Maoli Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hiki I Kekahi ʻImina I Nā Pono Lāhui Ma Kalolaina ʻĀkau Ke Hoʻololi I Ka Hoʻohale ʻAna I Nā Kānaka Maoli

Ke hoʻāʻo nei ke Kenekoa no Hawaiʻi ʻo Brian Schatz e hoʻopaʻa i kekahi ʻaelike lohi loa i mea e lawe ʻia mai ai ke kālā he mau ʻumi miliona i kēia mau mokupuni nei no ka hoʻohale ʻana i nā Kānaka Maoli. 
Schatz Snags Another $64 Million For Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Schatz Snags Another $64 Million For Honolulu Rail Project

Hawaii’s senior senator, who sits on the Appropriations Committee, says he's secured more money for the beleaguered project, which is years behind schedule and massively over budget.
Hawaii Has A Lot At Stake In Last-Gasp Federal Budget Talks Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Has A Lot At Stake In Last-Gasp Federal Budget Talks

Congress is racing to pass a $1.7 trillion spending bill by the end of the year that includes hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks for Hawaii.