Civil Beat Staff

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.

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March 2019

Tuesday, March 12

2019 Is Shaping Up As The Year Of Investigation In Congress

Monday, March 11

How An Accused Drug Dealer Became Key To The Biggest Corruption Case In Honolulu History

Friday, March 8

The Kealohas Could Lose Their Taxpayer-Funded Lawyers

Friday, March 1

Katherine Kealoha Says She Needs Cancer Treatment, Wants Trial Delayed

Tulsi Gabbard’s Financial Disclosures Leave Out Ties To Koch-Funded Think Tank

February 2019

Wednesday, February 27

Honolulu Corruption: State Will Take Over Some City Prosecutor Cases

Sunday, February 24

Ige Doesn’t Think HART’s Federal Funding Is Threatened

Friday, February 22

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

Wednesday, February 20

Schatz Health Care Idea On Presidential Stage

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

Tuesday, February 19

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

Monday, February 11

Gabbard Greeted In Iowa By Friendly Crowds And Fierce Weather

Friday, February 8

Fighting To Keep The Kealoha Case Open To The Public

Wednesday, February 6

Gabbard Takes Heat On MSNBC Over Russia, Assad

Friday, February 1

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

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

January 2019

Wednesday, January 30

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

Monday, January 28

A New Public Corruption Scandal Looms For Hawaii

Friday, January 25

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

Wednesday, January 23

Former Police Chief Wants Taxpayers To Cover His Criminal Defense

Monday, January 14

Police Corruption Probe Snags City’s Top Lawyer

Friday, January 4

‘I Feel The Energy’: Ed Case Returns To Congress

Thursday, January 3

Missiles, Mac Nuts And Military Money Among Hawaii’s Top Congressional Wins