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 2016

Thursday, December 22

Was Acting HPD Chief In On The Theft Conspiracy?

Tuesday, December 20

Honolulu Police Chief Placed On Leave During Corruption Probe

Monday, December 19

Feds Say Honolulu Police Chief Is A Suspect In Corruption Case

Hawaiian Federal Recognition: The Lessons From Standing Rock

Friday, December 16

Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty In Mailbox Conspiracy Involving Police Chief

Thursday, December 15

Conspiracy Charges Filed Against Former Cop In Chief’s Mailbox Case

Wednesday, December 14

New Lawsuit Filed Against Police Chief, His Wife And Other Officers

Thursday, December 8

Lobbyist To Head Police Commission

State Hides Work History Of Former Cop Charged With Sex Assault

Tuesday, December 6

Gabbard Faced Tough Questions In Dakota About Hawaiian Issues

Sunday, December 4

Standing Rock Protesters: ‘We’re Not Ready To Pack Up Yet’

Good News For Standing Rock: Feds Say No To Pipeline Route

Saturday, December 3

Hula Dancer Who Served In Iraq Joins Vets Protesting Pipeline

Friday, December 2

Protesters Give Water To Sheriff Who Wants To Cut Their Supplies

Thursday, December 1

Aloha, Standing Rock: Islanders Brave Cold, Snow In Solidarity

November 2016

Tuesday, November 29

Gabbard To Join Veterans In Protest Of North Dakota Oil Pipeline

Wednesday, November 23

Why Keith Kaneshiro Is Standing Behind Katherine Kealoha

Friday, November 18

Who Voted For Donald Trump In Hawaii?

Wednesday, November 16

Wrongful Death Case Highlights Kealoha’s Legal Entanglements

Tuesday, November 15

Hawaii Hasn’t Been This Short On Congressional Clout In Awhile

Friday, November 11

Schatz: Remember Sanders’ Passion When Looking To 2018 Vote

Tuesday, November 8

Schatz, Gabbard, Hanabusa Win Big In Congressional Races

Friday, November 4

A Rare Gift: HPD Chief Donates $500 To Prosecutor’s Campaign

Wednesday, November 2

Anti-Caldwell Super PAC May Have Broken Campaign Laws

Tuesday, November 1

Super PACs Raise Over $1 Million In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Rolling Toward Re-Election, Keith Kaneshiro Defends His Record

October 2016

Thursday, October 20

Voters Asked To Strengthen Honolulu Police Commission

Thursday, October 6

Why It’s So Hard To Find Serious Candidates For City Prosecutor

Wednesday, October 5

What Will Anosh Yaqoob Do If He’s Elected? He Has No Idea

Monday, October 3

Caldwell Aide Works Campaign For Free But Gets City Contracts

September 2016

Thursday, September 29

What Happens When A Cop Goes On Desk Duty?

Monday, September 26

Why Is Ron Taketa Still On The Honolulu Police Commission?

Wednesday, September 21

Are Honolulu Prosecutors Covering Up Police Misconduct?

Friday, September 16

Hirono, Gabbard Get Death Threats

Thursday, September 15

Civil Beat Sues Hawaii Attorney General Over Secret Auditor Report

Wednesday, September 14

Feds Zeroing In On Targets In Police Chief Probe

Fish Council Votes Against Ocean Protection Measure

Friday, September 9

How Fishing Interests Infiltrated Conservation’s Biggest Event

The Projector: Bringing Kaneohe Bay Coral Back From the Brink

Wednesday, September 7

New Police Commissioner Takes on Honolulu Police Chief

Tuesday, September 6

Here Are The Actions The IUCN Is Considering Taking

HPD Chief Kealoha Lawsuit Could Cost City $300K

Sunday, September 4

IUCN: Extinction Threatens 87 Percent Of Hawaii’s Native Plants

Two Things The ‘Father Of Biodiversity’ Fears Most: Trump And Nuclear War

Saturday, September 3

Jane Goodall Says Aloha

Friday, September 2

A $43,000 Junket To Recruit Cops

August 2016

Wednesday, August 31

Why The World Conservation Congress Is A Big Deal For Hawaii

Friday, August 26

Secret No More: Rail Subcontractors Received $235M In One Year

Tuesday, August 23

Will Hawaii Dems’ Progressive Movement Have Staying Power?

Tuesday, August 16

Attorney: Police Commission ‘Ill Equipped’ To Investigate Chief

Kealohas’ ‘Bizarre’ Legal Strategy: Filing Lawsuits And Going Public

Saturday, August 13

Schatz, Gabbard And Hanabusa Win Congressional Primaries

Monday, August 8

How Ethics Commission Upheaval Is Playing Out In The Mayor’s Race

Thursday, August 4

How Kirk Caldwell Blew Through $500K In Just 29 Days

Wednesday, August 3

Caldwell’s Inaction On Police Reform Draws Political Attacks

July 2016

Thursday, July 28

Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director

Tuesday, July 26

Why It’s So Hard To Find A Fresh Voice In Hawaii Politics

Monday, July 25

Hirono Campaign Has $558K

Wednesday, July 20

Schatz Shows Fundraising Prowess

Tuesday, July 19

HART Signs $875M Contract To Build Rail To Middle Street

Schatz Enjoys A Comfortable Perch On Capitol Hill

Wednesday, July 13

A Peek Inside The Corruption Probe Of Honolulu’s Police Chief

Monday, July 11

Police Are Shooting And Killing More People In Hawaii This Year

Wednesday, July 6

Police Union Wants Final Say On Body Cams

Friday, July 1

Councilman Calls For Audit Amid Honolulu Ethics Commission Chaos

June 2016

Thursday, June 30

Kauai Mayor Can’t Suspend Chief

Monday, June 13

How Caldwell Has Undermined The Honolulu Ethics Commission

Friday, June 3

Caldwell Nominates ‘Breath Of Fresh Air’ For Honolulu Police Commission

Harassment Of Fisheries Observers Has Doubled, Groups Say

Wednesday, June 1

Hawaii’s Ice Age Never Really Went Away

May 2016

Tuesday, May 31

Why Is It So Hard To Pass Police Reform In Hawaii?

Thursday, May 26

Longs Sued For Overdose Accident

Wednesday, May 25

Kaneshiro Files For Re-Election

Tuesday, May 24

HART Has Bigger Problems Than Utilities

Martin Makes Curious Pick For HART

Friday, May 20

Lesbians Win $80K Over HPD Arrest

Thursday, May 19

Totto Tells Ethics Commission To Scrap ‘Silly’ Time Sheet Rules

Tuesday, May 17

Does Colbert Matsumoto Have A Conflict Of Interest With Rail?

Thursday, May 12

Hawaii AG Investigated Auditor’s Office Before Recent Shakeup

Monday, May 9

What’s The Honolulu Board of Water Supply Trying To Hide?

Friday, May 6

Schatz Takes On D.C., Homelessness And The Donald

Thursday, May 5

Rail Contractor Gets ‘Public Apology’ After Bitter Lawsuit Ends

Cheech & Chong: Trump Is An ‘Aptitude Test’ For Voters

Monday, May 2

How Much Is Your Sashimi Worth?

April 2016

Friday, April 29

A Review Board For Police Killings: One Tepid Step Toward Reform

Thursday, April 28

Under Investigation: Kealohas Speak Out, Suggest They’re Political Targets

Prosecutor Files Complaint Over Police Officer Actions

Tuesday, April 26

Survey Says … Hawaii Is Corrupt!

Friday, April 22

A Decade Of Influence: A&B Has Given More Than $600K To Politicians

Wednesday, April 20

Caldwell Taps Insurance Exec For HART

HPD Officer Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Bribery, Prostitution

Monday, April 18

Is The Proposed Review Of Police Killings Just ‘Window-Dressing’?

Friday, April 15

Omidyar Chips In $100K To Keep Trump From White House

Thursday, April 14

Grabauskas: Honolulu Rail Audit ‘A Mess’

Cops, Coffee and Conversation: HPD Reaches Out To Citizens

Monday, April 11

HART Board Chairman Resigns Amid Questions About Rail Cost Overruns

‘A Bum Job:’ Trust In Honolulu’s Police Commission Crumbles

Thursday, April 7

Cops, Coffee And A PR Push For Harmony

Tuesday, April 5

Pushing For More Police Oversight

Why Was Ethics Director Suspended? Report Offers Few Details

March 2016

Tuesday, March 29

Police Certification Takes Hold Back East

Friday, March 25

Hirono Says She’s ‘Fond Of Bernie,’ But Solid In Her Support of Clinton

Wednesday, March 23

Charter Change: How Easy Should It Be To Fire A Police Chief?

Hawaii Union Membership Declines

Wednesday, March 16

House Kills Statewide Training Board For Law Enforcement Officers

Tuesday, March 1

Police Reform Bills Forge Ahead In Hawaii Legislature

February 2016

Monday, February 29

How Devout Is Hawaii? Not Very

Old Case Sheds New Light On Police Major’s Domestic Violence Past

Thursday, February 25

Rail Vote Suit Dismissed, Appeal Likely

Wednesday, February 24

My Mayor, My Boss: Employees Contribute To Caldwell Campaign

Monday, February 22

Sen. Josh Green Is Sitting On A Half-Million Dollars Of Campaign Cash

Friday, February 19

HPD Race Case Could Cost Honolulu Nearly $1 Million In Legal Fees

Some Hawaii House Members Are Awash In Campaign Cash

Thursday, February 18

Feeling Sleepy? Many Of Us Are

Wednesday, February 17

No Promotion For HPD Major With Domestic Abuse Baggage

Tuesday, February 16

HPD To Investigate Assistant Police Chief With Domestic Violence Past

Monday, February 15

Hawaii PACs Already Busy Raising And Spending Cash

Thursday, February 11

Hawaii Closer To Implementing Statewide Police Standards

Wednesday, February 10

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform

Monday, February 8

Police Unions Bargain For More Secrecy

Thursday, February 4

HPD’s New Assistant Chief Has A History Of Domestic Violence

Committee OKs Bill Granting Public Access To Police Misconduct Records

Cops Who Quit: Resignations Hide Police Misconduct In Hawaii

Monday, February 1

HPD Tried To Fire A Record Number Of Cops In 2015

Caldwell Signs Honolulu Rail Tax Extension

January 2016

Thursday, January 28

Private Police Force At Hawaii Airports Draws Legislative Scrutiny

Wednesday, January 27

Honolulu City Council Approves Rail Tax Extension

HPD Keeps Mum About Fired Cop Now Charged With Sex Assault

Friday, January 22

Hawaii Prosecutor Releases Records In DLNR Sex Assault Case

Thursday, January 21

2014 Was Deadly For Hawaii Workers

Lawsuit: Police Actions Led To Informant’s Murder

Wednesday, January 20

State Lawmaker Raises Privacy in Proposal To Regulate Police Body Cameras

Tuesday, January 19

Hawaii Police Union Asks State To Stop Kauai Body Camera Use

Friday, January 15

Police Reform Gaining Steam At Honolulu Charter Commission

Thursday, January 14

FBI Arrests Kauai Cop For Embezzlement

Wednesday, January 13

DLNR Was Warned About Bad Cop Before Hiring Him

Tax Extension Revenue For Honolulu Rail Chugs Ahead

Tuesday, January 12

Five Unanswered Questions About Honolulu’s $6.6 Billion Rail Project

Monday, January 11

Why Did The State Hire A Cop Who’d Been Fired By HPD?

Friday, January 8

Councilwoman Calls For Domestic Abuse Audit

Civil Asset Forfeiture In Hawaii: Crime Deterrent Or Legalized Theft?

Monday, January 4

Lawsuit Filed Over HPD Beating Caught on Video