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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October 2019

Tuesday, October 15

Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Blood Of The Kurds’ On Trump’s Hands

Federal Campaign Filings Show Gabbard Has Raised Another $3 Million

Thursday, October 10

Rep. Gabbard Plays Up Military Service But Says Little About It

Thursday, October 3

How Tulsi Gabbard Got Back On The National Debate Stage

Tuesday, October 1

Newly Released Minutes Reveal How Louis Kealoha Got His $250K Buyout

September 2019

Monday, September 30

Clare Connors: Hawaii’s Attorney General Is ‘Answering The Call’

Friday, September 27

Tulsi Gabbard Now Says She Supports Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Tuesday, September 24

Rep. Ed Case Backs Pelosi’s Call For Impeachment Inquiry

Tulsi Gabbard Earns Spot In October Debate

Monday, September 9

Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Paying This Obscure Consultant Big Bucks?

August 2019

Wednesday, August 28

Tulsi Gabbard Misses 2020 Presidential Debate Threshold

Monday, August 26

Katherine Kealoha’s Relatives Demand New Civil Trial Because Of Her Alleged Fraud

Thursday, August 15

‘A Real Injustice’: Katherine Kealoha Still Stands To Collect $680K From Grandmother, Uncle

Thursday, August 8

It’s Gabbard’s Home Turf, But Sanders Is Raising More Money From Hawaii Donors

Friday, August 2

Hirono On The Border: ‘I Know How Important It Is To Keep Families Together’

July 2019

Wednesday, July 31

Tulsi Gabbard Attacks Kamala Harris In Presidential Debate

Tuesday, July 30

A $500 Fine For HPD Officer Who Says He Was Targeted By Kealohas

The Kealoha Corruption Case Cost These Two Investigators More Than Their Jobs

Thursday, July 18

Next Kealoha Trials May Get Pushed Back As New Attorney Gets Up To Speed

Wednesday, July 17

Defiant Ethics Commission Defends Decisions On Kealohas

Tuesday, July 16

Ethics Commission Set To Examine Its Role In Kealoha Corruption Case

Monday, July 15

Gabbard Lags Behind Presidential Race Frontrunners In Fundraising

Thursday, July 11

Katherine Kealoha Loses One Attorney While A Second Seeks A Retrial

Tuesday, July 2

Attorney Cites Ethical Concerns In Motion To Drop Katherine Kealoha As Client

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Expect Louis Kealoha To Pay Them Back Anytime Soon

June 2019

Friday, June 28

Understanding The Verdicts In The Kealoha Conspiracy Case

Katherine Kealoha Is Sent To Jail Until Sentencing

Thursday, June 27

Jury Convicts Kealohas And 2 HPD Officers Of Conspiracy

Wednesday, June 26

Gabbard Sticks To Her Talking Points In First Presidential Debate

Kealoha Conspiracy Trial Is Now In The Hands Of The Jury

Tuesday, June 25

Kealoha Conspiracy Trial: ‘Power, Greed And Manipulation’

Here’s What To Expect At Closing Arguments In The Kealoha Case

Thursday, June 20

Prosecutors Say Katherine Kealoha’s Civil Attorney Lied On The Witness Stand

Wednesday, June 19

Kealoha Trial: Closing Arguments Could Come As Soon As Tuesday

Tuesday, June 18

Kealoha Corruption Trial Nears End As Defense Attorneys Wrap Up Their Cases

Monday, June 17

Katherine Kealoha Gets Second Defense Lawyer Late In Trial

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

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

Friday, June 7

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

Thursday, June 6

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

Wednesday, June 5

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

Tuesday, June 4

She Says She Was Betrayed By Her Granddaughter, Katherine Kealoha

Monday, June 3

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

May 2019

Friday, May 31

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

Thursday, May 30

Kealoha Trial: Prosecutors Try To Show HPD Tampered With Key Evidence

Wednesday, May 29

Witnesses: Kealohas Targeted Uncle Years Before Mailbox Theft

Tuesday, May 28

‘My Heart Sank’: Former Officer Details His Role In Mailbox Conspiracy

Friday, May 24

Kealoha Trial: Officers Testify Against Their Former Chief And His Wife

Thursday, May 23

‘Why Us?’ Homicide Detective Wondered As He Was Assigned To Mailbox Case

Wednesday, May 22

Kealohas On Trial: Conspiracy Or Just A ‘Conspiracy Theory’?

Kealoha Trial Kicks Off With Opening Statements

Who — Or What — Is To Blame For The Death Of Sheldon Haleck?

Wednesday, May 15

TV Reporter No Longer Sought As Witness In Corruption Trial

Hawaii News Now: Kealohas Are Retaliating Against Our Reporter

Monday, May 13

Hundreds Of Potential Jurors Screened On Opening Day Of Kealoha Trial

The Kealoha Trial Begins


Wednesday, May 1

Why Is It So Hard To Fire Honolulu Police Sgt. Darren Cachola?

April 2019

Friday, April 26

Ed Case: Some PAC Money Is OK As Long As He Knows Where It’s Coming From

Tuesday, April 23

Indian Americans Are Big Donors To Gabbard Campaign

Tuesday, April 16

Hawaii Rep. Ed Case Raised 99% Of Campaign Money From PACs

Monday, April 15

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Raises $1.9 Million In Bid For White House

Wednesday, April 10

Honolulu Police Corruption: ‘Don’t Try To BS’ The Judge

Monday, April 8

Sen. Kai Kahele Says He’s Raised $250,000 To Challenge Tulsi Gabbard

Thursday, April 4

Defendant Wants To Stop Early Testimony Of Katherine Kealoha’s 99-Year-Old Grandmother

Monday, April 1

Schatz Leads Senate Dems On Climate Change: ‘The Crisis Of Our Generation’

March 2019

Friday, March 29

Kealoha Attorney Wants UH Instructor Muzzled Or Fired

Wednesday, March 27

Feds Want Testimony From Katherine Kealoha’s Aging Grandmother Before It’s Too Late

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