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 2014

Tuesday, December 30

Got a $700M Shortfall? Set the Cycle to ‘Spin’

Monday, December 22

‘Zack Morris’ Molestation Victims Bring Lawsuit Against Hawaii DHS

Friday, December 19

Caldwell Won’t Discuss the Problems of Honolulu’s Police Chief

Thursday, December 18

Off the Rails: Honolulu Transit Project Up to $700M Over Budget

Wednesday, December 17

Honolulu Police Commission Defers Chief Kealoha Investigation

Tuesday, December 16

FBI Asked to Probe Whether Honolulu Police Mishandled Chief’s Mailbox Theft Case

A Forgiving Abercrombie Pardoned Dozens on His Way Out the Door

Wednesday, December 10

Honolulu Rail Car Stolen from City Hall Christmas Display

Will Honolulu Police Commission Hold Chief Kealoha Accountable?

Friday, December 5

Schatz Tells Obama to Get Permission for War on ISIS

Did Honolulu’s Police Chief Intentionally Cause a Mistrial?

Thursday, December 4

Mistrial Declared in Honolulu Police Chief’s Missing Mailbox Case

Monday, December 1

Louie Out, Hawaii To Get New Attorney General

November 2014

Thursday, November 20

Hirono: Estimated 7,000 Hawaii Immigrants Will Benefit from Obama Action

Hawaii’s Tuna Fishing Limits Challenged

Obama Policy Could Help Hundreds of Hawaii Immigrants

Schatz: Guantanamo Bay Force-Feeding Methods ‘Shock the Conscience’

Wednesday, November 19

Meet the University of Hawaii’s Newest Lobbyists

Friday, November 14

Death on the Streets: Homeless Veterans Treated With Honor After They Die

Thursday, November 13

Death on the Streets: Lack of Health Care a Major Factor in Homeless Deaths

Wednesday, November 12

Death on the Streets: Hundreds of Homeless People Have Died on Oahu in Recent Years

Last Words: A Homeless Woman Writes Home Just Before She Dies

Tuesday, November 4

Hawaii Sets Record Low for Voter Turnout in a General Election

Hawaii U.S. Senate: Incumbent Brian Schatz Wins 2 More Years

October 2014

Thursday, October 30

Hawaii’s Homeless Population Increases as Nation’s Numbers Decline

Super PACs Spending at a Record Clip in Hawaii this Election

Tuesday, October 28

Schatz Secures Sashimi, But Ahi Still in Peril

Thursday, October 23

Should Hawaii Send Its Most Violent Mental Patients Away?

Friday, October 17

Watch: HPD Releases Cachola Surveillance Videos, 911 Tape

Thursday, October 16

65 Years of Hawaii Hurricanes, Tropical Storms and Depressions in One Map

Tuesday, October 14

HPD Looks to Break Code of Silence, Improve Abuse Training

Thursday, October 9

Prosecutor: Criticism of Handling of HPD Domestic Violence Case ‘Uninformed’

How Much Are State Candidates Spending on TV Ads?

iPhone Video Shows HPD Officer Striking Man, City Pays $37,500

Wednesday, October 8

No Criminal Charges for HPD Officer Who Beat His Girlfriend

Tuesday, October 7

San Jose Appreciates Open Government, Why Not Honolulu?

Thursday, October 2

Hawaii Senator Wants HPD to Use Drones for More Efficiency

September 2014

Tuesday, September 30

Hawaii Lawmakers Grill Honolulu Police Chief on Domestic Violence

Monday, September 29

HPD Chief: ‘There’s No Dark Conspiracy Here’

Thursday, September 25

Missing Mailbox Exposes Family Friction for HPD Chief, Prosecutor Wife

Tuesday, September 23

HPD Chief Sends Officer-Involved DV Case to Prosecutor

Monday, September 22

Honolulu Police Chief: We’re Not As Transparent As We Should Be

Thursday, September 18

Honolulu Police Chief Vows He Won’t ‘Cave In’ To Political Pressure

Caldwell Fundraiser Pumps the Tourism Industry for Cash

Friday, September 12

Caldwell: ‘Extreme Action’ Required If HPD Officer Assaulted Girlfriend

Thursday, September 11

Will HPD Seriously Confront Domestic Violence Within Its Ranks?

Hidden Super PAC Money Comes to Light in Campaign Spending Reports

Wednesday, September 10

Feds: ‘Aggressive Cost Containment’ Needed for Rail Project

Tuesday, September 9

High Construction Costs Could Delay Honolulu Rail Opening

Wednesday, September 3

What Will It Take to Make the Loco Moco More Famous?

August 2014

Thursday, August 28

Governor to Appeal FEMA Disaster Declaration Rejection

Hawaii Supreme Court Dismisses ACLU Election Challenge

Wednesday, August 27

Honolulu Rail Chief: ‘Healthy’ Cash Balance in Contingency

Thursday, August 21

ACLU Files Election Challenge on Behalf of Puna Voters

Tuesday, August 19

Sen. Mazie Hirono Takes on VA Over Hawaii Vet Problems

Monday, August 18

Cashing In: Caldwell Stocking Up For A Showdown

Sunday, August 17

Schatz: I’m Not Ready to Leave Puna Behind

Friday, August 15

Hawaii Primary: Schatz Hangs On To Win US Senate Race

Election Day in Puna: Area’s Voter Profile Bodes Well For Schatz

Thursday, August 14

Judge Rules Puna Voting Will Proceed on Friday

Wednesday, August 13

Hawaii Governor Makes Landfall in Storm-Ravaged Puna

Tuesday, August 12

Can High Stakes Politics Trump Real World Drama?

Monday, August 11

Puna Still Struggles as Politicians Parachute In

Sunday, August 10

Will Hanabusa’s Push in Puna Be Enough?

Saturday, August 9

Hawaii US Senate: Schatz Leads Hanabusa — Slightly

Wednesday, August 6

Hanabusa Beats Schatz in Fundraising (Over 20 Days in July)

Hawaii Legend Gets ‘Drunk History’ Treatment

Tuesday, August 5

Cashing In: Local Super PACS and Other Special Interests Spend Big

Friday, August 1

Civil Beat Poll: Schatz, Takai Both Frontrunners For Washington, D.C.

July 2014

Wednesday, July 30

Schatz Keeps Up His Campaign Spending Pace Before Primary

U.S. Senate Race: Who Can Save Hawaii’s Middle Class?

Tuesday, July 29

EMILY’s List Takes to TV for US Senate Candidate Colleen Hanabusa

Monday, July 28

Enviro Poll: Schatz Up 10 on Hanabusa, Ige Ahead of Abercrombie

On the Fence: Children, Gridlock and Immigration Reform in the Aloha State

Thursday, July 24

Tuna, Conservation and the Race for the U.S. Senate

Tuesday, July 22

Schatz, Hanabusa Disagree Over U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Monday, July 21

Schatz: FAA Backs Honolulu’s Ban on Aerial Advertising

PRP Emails Reveal Connections to Former Aide to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Thursday, July 17

Schatz Strikes Back at Hanabusa in Final Debate Before Primary

Hawaii Supreme Court Rebukes Deedy Trial Judge Over Closed Proceedings

Tuesday, July 15

Schatz and Hanabusa Disagree on Supplemental Funding for Honolulu Rail

Can Cheaper Rent Improve Your Child’s Test Scores?

New Hawaii State Hospital Chief Says Worker Safety Is ‘Paramount’

Friday, July 11

Federal Agent Accused of Murder Back in Honolulu for Second Trial

Thursday, July 10

Living Hawaii: The Surprising Price Tag for New Car Buyers in the Islands

Wednesday, July 9

Schatz Pulls in Another $820K in Campaign Cash

Tuesday, July 8

Hanabusa: Let’s Put Edward Snowden on Trial

Rep. Hanabusa Comes Out Swinging at Sen. Schatz in First TV Debate

June 2014

Friday, June 27

PRP Under Investigation Over Its 2012 Campaign Spending

Thursday, June 26

Ad Watch: Schatz Puts Arms Around ‘Island Son’ Obama

Wednesday, June 25

Ad Watch: Colleen Hanabusa’s 30 Seconds of Information Overload

Monday, June 23

Metal Spikes, Uncomfortable Benches and Pervasive Homelessness

Friday, June 20

PRP Super PAC Under the Microscope After Release of Internal Emails

An Inside Look at the Hawaii Super PAC That Helped Defeat Cayetano

Monday, June 16

Nightly Migration: Homeless Chased From Waikiki — for a Few Hours

Friday, June 13

Former Hawaii Gov. Cayetano Settles Libel Lawsuit Against Super PAC

Cashing In: Tsutsui Taps Maui, Role as Hawaii Lt. Gov. for Big Bucks

Wednesday, June 11

Hawaii Sen. Clayton Hee Takes Investigation to State Hospital

Monday, June 9

ATF Releases New 2013 Gun Trace Statistics For US, Hawaii

Friday, June 6

Nearly Half of Guns Traced in Hawaii Come From Out of State

Thursday, June 5

HPD: Nearly $6 Million in Legal Settlements in 11 Years

Wednesday, June 4

Mufi Makes It Interesting, Vows to Bring Back Hawaii Superferry

Tuesday, June 3

Ad Watch: ‘I Will Continue to Stand Up for Our Kupuna’

Monday, June 2

New Apps Crunch Hawaii Campaign Spending Data

‘Compassionate Disruption’: Honolulu’s Homelessness Balancing Act

Ad Watch: Schatz Takes on Big Oil, Climate Change in New Pitch

May 2014

Wednesday, May 28

HPD Use of Force Report: A Blurred Snapshot Lacking Context

Saturday, May 24

Ad Watch: Hanabusa Hits the TV Airwaves, Touts Local Upbringing

Thursday, May 22

Ad Watch: Hanabusa Airs First Ad, Highlighting her Hawaii Roots

Saturday, May 17

Honolulu Prosescutor Agrees More Transparency Better In Police Shootings

Friday, May 16

Withholding Police Disciplinary Records Will Cost Honolulu $43,000

Wednesday, May 7

Which Hawaii Representatives Got the Most Bills Passed?

Which Hawaii Senators Got the Most Bills Passed?

Tuesday, May 6

Hawaii State Hospital Gets New Administrator Amid Senate Investigation

Saturday, May 3

Ad Watch: Guns, Kids and Obama All Play a Part in Latest Schatz TV Spot

Thursday, May 1

Sen. Hee: Are Hawaii State Hospital Employees ‘Gaming the System?’

April 2014

Wednesday, April 30

Taking Root: A Rising Voice in Hawaii’s GMO Politics

Monday, April 28

Will the GMO Debate Fuel Campaign Donations as Local Elections Heat Up?

Friday, April 25

Campaign Cash Advantage: Schatz’s Edge Over Hanabusa Is Paying Off

Thursday, April 24

Meet Hawaii’s Congressional Candidate Who Calls Georgia His Home

Hawaii Takes ‘A Big Step’ in Making Police More Accountable for Misconduct

Thursday, April 17

Did Sen. Brian Schatz Score Big Political Points With Climate Summit?

Saturday, April 12

Ad Watch: Schatz Touts Equal Pay for Women in Latest TV Spot

Thursday, April 10

Senate Panel: Nepotism in Hawaii State Hospital Hiring Is ‘Disturbing’

Wednesday, April 9

Hanabusa Vs. Schatz — Will Voting Records Matter to Hawaii?

Wednesday, April 2

How Much Money Do Honolulu Agencies Really Need? Officials Won’t Say

March 2014

Friday, March 28

Hawaii Health Official Knew Little About Attacks on State Hospital Workers

Wednesday, March 26

No Love? Hanabusa and Schatz Can’t Find Nice Words for Each Other

Sunday, March 23

Will Senate Investigators Be Able to Fix the Hawaii State Hospital This Time?

Friday, March 21

The Middle Man: Hawaii’s Brian Schatz Zeroes In On Working Families

Thursday, March 20

Honolulu Police Want to Keep Misconduct Away From Public Scrutiny

Wednesday, March 19

The Mayor’s Money: Caldwell Expands Office Budget in Tight Times

Thursday, March 13

Behind Closed Doors: How the Hawaii Bar Rated Judge Mike Wilson

Wednesday, March 12

Hawaii Bar on Wilson: ‘Lack of Professionalism,’ ‘Work Ethic Concerns’

Tuesday, March 11

Prison Builders: Hawaii’s Billion Dollar Problem

Thursday, March 6

Top State Officials Face Subpoenas in Hawaii State Hospital Inquiry

Wednesday, March 5

Hawaii House Bill Would End Secrecy Surrounding Suspended Cops

February 2014

Friday, February 28

Cashing In: Hawaii Sen. Clayton Hee Is Largest Legislative Fundraiser

Wednesday, February 26

Don’t Destroy Police Disciplinary Files Just Yet, Hawaii Lawmakers Say

Wednesday, February 19

Hele On: Courts Rule in Favor of Honolulu Rail

Tuesday, February 18

Fired Honolulu Police Officer’s File Destroyed Before Discharge Revealed

Thursday, February 13

Get Ready — Political Campaigns Are Rumbling to Life in Hawaii

Tuesday, February 11

Hawaii Judge Orders Police Misconduct Files To Be Made Public

Thursday, February 6

Honolulu Risks Losing Millions on Affordable Housing Projects

Wednesday, February 5

Can Misconduct Bill ‘Validate’ Public Trust in Hawaii Police?

January 2014

Friday, January 31

Hawaii Lawmaker Wants New Statewide Agency To Monitor Police

Thursday, January 30

Fired Honolulu Cop’s File Illustrates Lack of Public Insight into Misconduct

Tuesday, January 28

Hawaii Senator Wants to Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Drunk Cops

Friday, January 24

Could Hawaii Lose Federal Cash Over Renaming of Alaska Tsunami Center?

Thursday, January 23

Hawaii State Hospital Workers Reported Dozens of Assaults in Recent Years

Wednesday, January 15

PRP Tax Filing Details Political Spending But Questions Remain

Monday, January 13

Honolulu Police Misconduct Continues But So Does the Secrecy

Friday, January 10

HUD Tells Honolulu to Pay $3 Million for ORI Grant Mismanagement

Wednesday, January 8

Senate Examines Alleged Assaults, Corruption and Reprisals at State Hospital

Tuesday, January 7

Last-Ditch Effort: Honolulu Offers Cash to Save $142M Housing Deal

A New Era in Ethics in Honolulu? Time Will Tell

Saturday, January 4

‘Extraordinary’ Effort Needed to Save Honolulu’s $142M Housing Deal

Friday, January 3

Hawaii Supreme Court Tells Deedy Judge To Defend Closed Proceedings