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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December 2012

Monday, December 24

Guess Who’s Picking Hawaii’s Next U.S. Senator?

Saturday, December 22

Inouye’s Last Wish Is Abercrombie’s Biggest Burden

Wednesday, December 19

Hawaii Dems: Fill Inouye’s Seat Fast to Save Seniority

Tuesday, December 18

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye Dead at 88

Friday, December 14

Is Hawaii Sen. Dan Inouye On The Mend? No One Will Say

Thursday, December 13

$1.55 Billion Federal Rail Grant On The Line In Federal Case

Friday, December 7

Final Cost of PRP’S 10-month Push to Win Votes, Beat Cayetano: $3.6M

Tuesday, December 4

It’s Your Money: $300K For Legal Help in HPD Discrimination Case

November 2012

Wednesday, November 21

Cayetano Defamation Suit Against PRP Might Be Headed to Federal Court

Friday, November 16

It’s Your Money: Death By Electrocution Costs Honolulu $550K

Thursday, November 8

PRP’s Campaign Push Prevails in Hawaii

Monday, November 5

Honolulu Mayor: Caldwell Rolls Over Cayetano

Saturday, November 3

PRP Cash Slipping Through the Cracks?

Friday, November 2

Carlisle on Caldwell: ‘No Comment’

October 2012

Wednesday, October 31

Money, Polls and PACs in the Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Cayetano Puts TV Stations on Notice Over Attack Ads

Saturday, October 27

Keeping the Lights On at Honolulu Hale

Friday, October 26

Political Fight For Oahu’s GET Heats Up

Thursday, October 25

Hey, Dan! Hey, Ben! Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Tuesday, October 23

Cayetano to PRP: You Lied And Now You Need To Pay

Saturday, October 20

Keep the City City — Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Talk Vision

Thursday, October 18

Hawaii’s ‘Most Sophisticated Grassroots Attack Operation’

Friday, October 12

Tension Surrounds $142M Honolulu Housing Deal

Wednesday, October 10

Disputed $142M Housing Deal Raises Concerns Over Workforce Housing

Tuesday, October 9

Hawaii Pension Chief Says Caldwell Wrong About Cayetano Fund Raid

Thursday, October 4

Honolulu Mayoral Debate: Caldwell Takes Some Swings

Wednesday, October 3

$1.5 Billion Budget for Cayetano’s Honolulu Traffic Proposal

Tuesday, October 2

The Murky Waters of Campaign Finance in Honolulu Mayor’s Race

September 2012

Friday, September 28

New PRP Ad Clouds Caldwell’s Campaign

Thursday, September 20

HPD’s Day in Court — Two Cops Stand Before Judge

Thursday, September 6

Honolulu to Supreme Court: Keep Rail Construction Alive

Wednesday, September 5

Anti-Rail Slate for Honolulu Races?

Is Federal Agent Immune from Murder Charge?

Saturday, September 1

Cayetano Pinched Pennies Before Primary

Akaka Election Challenge Tossed, Filed Too Late

August 2012

Friday, August 31

No Cost Estimates for Delays in Honolulu Rail Construction

Thursday, August 30

Help Wanted: Ethics Commission Can’t Fill Vacancy

Tuesday, August 28

Honolulu Rail Construction Stopped, Now What?

It’s Your Money: HPD’s Free Ride

Friday, August 24

Rail Derailed? Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Against Honolulu

Thursday, August 23

Akaka’s Granddaughter Files Election Protest

Wednesday, August 22

Judge’s Decision Looms Over Honolulu Rail

Saturday, August 18

At Last, Rail Lawsuit Is Getting Its Day in Court

Friday, August 17

Gabbard Out, Honolulu Council Changing

Tuesday, August 14

Honolulu Vetoes Don’t Stand Test of Time

Monday, August 13

Carlisle’s Fall: Incumbent Is ‘Skunked’ By Cayetano

Thursday, August 9

Honolulu City Council: Several Candidates Win Their Seats in Primary

Cayetano, Caldwell To Duel For Honolulu Mayor

What Aloha Spirit? It’s Election Season

Wednesday, August 8

Hawaii Judge Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Agent Charged in Waikiki Murder Loses Bid to Move Case

Tuesday, August 7

Cayetano Hospitalized As Honolulu Mayor’s Race Enters Final Days

Saturday, August 4

PRP: Super PAC? Bully? Or Just Playing the Game?

Wednesday, August 1

Not So Public: City Shells Out $600k But For What?

July 2012

Tuesday, July 31

Lawsuit: Hawaii IBEW Chief Wanted Hitman To Take Out His Enemies

Friday, July 27

Rail Makes Caldwell The Man In The Middle

Thursday, July 26

Beach Ban for Business Vetoed by Honolulu Mayor

Wednesday, July 25

Back To The Future: Cayetano Brings New Skills To Old Game

Saturday, July 21

Incumbency No Help for Honolulu’s Current Mayor

Tuesday, July 17

Attack Ads Push Campaign Cash Into Spotlight In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Pro-Rail Money Follows Caldwell, Carlisle Lags

Saturday, July 14

Cash and Candidates for the Honolulu City Council

Wednesday, July 11

Honolulu Rail PR Contractors Whacked

Tuesday, July 3

It’s Your Money: Sooey! Honolulu Pig Control Costs $1,400 Per Head

Honolulu Council Member Slapped with Record $6,500 Ethics Fine

Monday, July 2

Honolulu Auditor Gets Results, Makes No Friends

June 2012

Thursday, June 28

Waikiki Shooting Video Remains Shrouded

Wednesday, June 27

Councilman Denies Abuse in Honolulu Parking Flap

Tuesday, June 26

Honolulu Council Members Push for Audits of HART, Sewer

Saturday, June 23

Feds Might Not Defend Murder Suspect in Lawsuit

Friday, June 22

Does the Sale of a Hawaiian Island Matter?

Thursday, June 21

Goodbye Lanai: From One Billionaire to Another

Wednesday, June 20

West Honolulu Sewer Ban Not What It Seemed To Be

Monday, June 18

Can a White Federal Agent Who Killed a Hawaii Local Get a Fair Trial?

Wednesday, June 13

Honolulu Prosecutor: Federal Agent Started Fight That Led to Shooting

Saturday, June 9

Caldwell: We Left Carlisle a ‘Huge’ Budget Surplus

Thursday, June 7

Honolulu Judge’s Redactions Hide APEC Shooting Details

Filipino PR Flap Enflames Rail Talks

Wednesday, June 6

With Flourish of Changes, Honolulu Council Almost Pau With Budget

Friday, June 1

Honolulu Judge Seals Video of Fatal Shooting Inside Waikiki Restaurant

May 2012

Thursday, May 31

Firefighter Fiasco Unfolds in Fiery Back and Forth

Thursday, May 24

Federal Agent Charged in APEC Shooting Wants McDonald’s Video Released

Tuesday, May 22

Ninth Circuit Maui Trip Draws Criticism