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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July 2020

Tuesday, July 7

These Hawaii Businesses Got Federal Loans During The Pandemic

Monday, July 6

Kahele Can’t Campaign For Congress Right Now. Does It Matter?

June 2020

Wednesday, June 24

20 Years Of Honolulu Police Misconduct Summaries Document Serious Bad Behavior

Wednesday, June 17

Shoddy Record Keeping By HPD Skews Public Picture Of Police Killings

Tuesday, June 16

Ed Case On Police Reform: ‘This Is Our First Step Toward Justice’

Tuesday, June 9

Congressional Democrats Are Now Pushing Police Reform

May 2020

Friday, May 29

Fish Councils Look For Ways To Bounce Back From Pandemic

Friday, May 22

Hawaii Fish Council Urges Trump To Open Marine Monuments To Fishing

Tuesday, May 19

Hawaii Fishermen Are Stuck In Port As Federal Aid Falls Short

Thursday, May 14

This Federal Bailout Is Bringing A Lot More Money To Hawaii Than The Last One In 2008

Wednesday, May 6

Ige Backs Off His Suspension Of State Open Government Laws

Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Kealohas Stuck In Limbo

Sunday, May 3

Native Hawaiians Are Losing Out On Millions Of COVID-19 Dollars

April 2020

Monday, April 27

Hawaii’s Most Vulnerable Are Being Hit Hardest By The Economic Shutdown

Thursday, April 23

US Supreme Court Rules Against Maui In Major Clean Water Case

Wednesday, April 22

Our DC Delegation At Home: Cooking, Yardwork, Surfing And Politics

Tuesday, April 21

Tulsi Gabbard Still Has More Than $500,000 In Presidential Cash

Wednesday, April 15

Hawaii Lags Behind Other States In Release Of COVID-19 Data

Wednesday, April 8

Tulsi Gabbard To David Ige: Fire Your Top Health Officials Or Resign

Friday, April 3

Gov. Ige: Banning Air Travel To Hawaii Is ‘Impossible To Enforce’

March 2020

Monday, March 30

Suspension Of Hawaii’s Open Government Laws More Extreme Than Other States

Thursday, March 26

Hawaii Health Workers Are Already Running Low On Protective Gear

Wednesday, March 25

A $2 Trillion Coronavirus Deal Will Pump Billions Into Hawaii Economy

Mazie Hirono Has Some Virus Advice For Cancer Survivors Like Herself

Sunday, March 22

Hawaiian Airlines Will Suspend Most Long-Haul Service Starting Thursday

Thursday, March 19

Tulsi Gabbard Ends Presidential Campaign, Endorses Biden

Wednesday, March 18

This Hawaii Defense Contractor Has Emerged As A Major Political Player

Friday, March 13

Feds Want Katherine Kealoha In Prison For 14 Years

Thursday, March 12

Honolulu Police Corruption: Feds Want Judge To Throw The Book At Kealohas

Tuesday, March 10

Another Presidential Primary, Another Last Place Finish For Tulsi Gabbard

Tuesday, March 3

Still No Political Love For Tulsi Gabbard On Super Tuesday

February 2020

Saturday, February 29

Tulsi Gabbard Falls Far Short Again In South Carolina

Saturday, February 22

Gabbard Continues To Struggle As Nevadans Vote For Sanders

Wednesday, February 19

Tulsi Gabbard Continues To Spend Heavily On Long-Shot Presidential Bid

Tuesday, February 11

Gabbard Staying In The Race Despite Finishing Far Behind In New Hampshire

Sunday, February 9

Tulsi Gabbard Bets Her Presidential Campaign On New Hampshire

Friday, February 7

Tangled Web Of Campaign Cash Connects Hawaii To Maine

Thursday, February 6

Trump’s Revamp Of Major Environmental Law ‘A Disaster For Hawaii’

Wednesday, February 5

Impeachment: Hawaii Senators Cast Their Votes Against The President

Tuesday, February 4

No Aloha For Tulsi Gabbard In Iowa Presidential Caucus

January 2020

Friday, January 31

Whistleblowers Allege Cozy Ties Between Hawaii Tour Helicopters, FAA Regulators

Meet The Former Hawaii Lawyer Who’s Defending President Donald Trump

Monday, January 27

Maui Mayor Wants Federal Help With Island Sustainability

Thursday, January 23

Caldwell Talks Homelessness, HUD and Honolulu Rail In Washington DC

Tuesday, January 21

How Hawaii’s Senators Are Approaching Impeachment

Thursday, January 16

Kai Kahele: ‘We Have A Moral Obligation To Humanity’

Tuesday, January 14

How The Endangered Hawaiian Hawk Became A Political Pawn

Wednesday, January 8

Hawaii Delegation Questions Trump’s Decision On Iran Drone Strike

Friday, January 3

Hawaii Delegation Condemns Trump’s Targeted Killing Of Top Iranian Commander