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 2017

Thursday, December 28

Suits Against Honolulu Cops Cite ‘Culture Of Silence’ At HPD

Friday, December 22

New Police Chief Reassigns Union President To Patrol Shift

Wednesday, December 20

Trump Nominates Honolulu Attorney Jill Otake For Federal Judgeship

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Builds A New-Look Police Commission

Thursday, December 14

Hawaii Supreme Court: Christopher Deedy Can Go On Trial For A Third Time

Wednesday, December 6

Honolulu Police Officer’s Road Rage Results In Lawsuit Against City

November 2017

Wednesday, November 29

Did Honolulu Police Go Too Far In The Case Of This Man’s Death?

Tuesday, November 28

New Kealoha Defense Tactic: Going After ‘Mainland Prosecutors’

Thursday, November 16

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission

Wednesday, November 15

New HPD Chief Shares Her Goals For A Department In Turmoil

Tuesday, November 14

Kealohas Get New Defense Attorneys In Federal Conspiracy Case

Thursday, November 9

Judge: Kealohas Are Too Broke To Pay For Their Own Defense

Wednesday, November 8

Judge To Kealohas: Show Me Your Finances

Tuesday, November 7

Kealoha Attorneys Want Out Of Corruption Case

Monday, November 6

Honolulu Police Officers Begin Testing Body Cameras

Friday, November 3

Officer Charged In Corruption Case Challenges Police Commission

Explosive Motion Calls For Ouster Of Kealoha Attorneys

Wednesday, November 1

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Secret Meetings About Police Chief

Three Officers Plead Not Guilty In Honolulu Police Corruption Case

October 2017

Friday, October 27

Former HPD Police Chief Gets New Criminal Defense Attorney

HPD Corruption Case: Who Is Alison Lee Wong?

Wednesday, October 25

Covert Honolulu Police Unit Has Long History Of Troubles

Monday, October 23

How Far Will The Honolulu Police Corruption Investigation Spread?

Friday, October 20

Former Honolulu Police Chief And Prosecutor Wife Arrested

No Criminal Indictment Yet In Federal Police Corruption Probe

Wednesday, October 18

FBI Reveals New Details About The Alleged Honolulu Police Conspiracy

Third HPD Officer Arrested As Part Of Corruption Investigation

Tuesday, October 17

Questions Surface Over Integrity Of HPD Chief Candidate

Monday, October 16

Two Honolulu Cops Face Felony Charges In Corruption Case

Sunday, October 15

FBI Arrests Two Allegedly Tied To Honolulu Police Corruption Probe

September 2017

Thursday, September 28

Honolulu Police Commission Picks Seven Finalists For Chief

Wednesday, September 27

Outspoken Honolulu Police Commissioners Just Got More Power

Wednesday, September 20

Kealoha’s Quest For City To Pay His Legal Fees Takes A Nasty Turn

Firefighters Union Protests Lack Of Information On Marco Polo Investigation

Monday, September 11

News Outlets Challenge Honolulu Police Commission Secrecy

How A Police Officer’s Complaints About HPD Corruption Went Viral

Hawaii Prison Warden’s Case Shows Firing A Public Worker Isn’t Easy

Thursday, September 7

Honolulu’s Search For A New Police Chief Down To 9 Candidates

SHOPO: Don’t Release Police Officer Names For Salary Database

Wednesday, September 6

Hawaiian Heiress Hires Doctors To Help Reclaim Her $215M Fortune

August 2017

Thursday, August 31

OHA’s Peter Apo To Pay $25,000 For Ethics Violations

Wednesday, August 30

Grand Jury Probe Zeroes In On ‘Safe House’ Property Deal

Friday, August 25

Royal Hawaiian Heiress Asks Judge To Silence Her Former Attorney

Wednesday, August 23

Is Hawaii’s Royal Princess Mentally Fit?

Thursday, August 17

How A Princess’s Embattled Fortune Could Become A Massive Native Hawaiian Charity

Tuesday, August 15

Fight For Hawaiian Royalty’s Fortune Pulls AG Into The Fray

Will Native Hawaiians Be The Victims In This Fight Over A Royal Fortune?

Monday, August 14

Ex-Cop Sues Honolulu For Not Paying To Defend Him In Assault Lawsuit

Friday, August 11

Ex-Honolulu Cop Offers $300,000 To Settle Suit With Bartender He Shot

July 2017

Wednesday, July 26

Judge Blasts Honolulu Prosecutors Over Handling Of Theft Case

Thursday, July 20

Police Commissioners Clash Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Secret Hearings

Wednesday, July 19

Two Police Commissioners Say Secret Hearings For Cops Are Improper

Thursday, July 13

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility?

Thursday, July 6

Why Taxpayers Might Have To Pay For Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Attorney

Wednesday, July 5

Honolulu Police Commission: Where’s Our Consultant?

Embattled City Prosecutor Kealoha Has Been On Unpaid Leave Since April

June 2017

Friday, June 30

Judge Orders Release Of City Prosecutor’s Employment Records

Monday, June 26

Kealohas Tried to Discredit Police Commissioner In Corruption Probe

Thursday, June 22

Ex-Honolulu Police Chief’s Fight For Legal Fees Turns Nasty

Wednesday, June 21

Another Delay In Nationwide Search For Honolulu Police Chief

Tuesday, June 20

How HART Tried — And Failed — To Keep Rail Records Secret

Thursday, June 15

Audit Finds Domestic Violence Crackdown Isn’t Working In Honolulu

Tuesday, June 13

Medical Bills Exceed $1 Million For Woman Accidentally Shot By Cop

Monday, June 12

VIDEO: What It’s Like To Be A Cop In Honolulu

Tuesday, June 6

Katherine Kealoha Sues City To Keep Her Employment Records Secret

Friday, June 2

Hawaii Supreme Court To Rule On Secret Government Deliberations

Thursday, June 1

Civil Beat Poll: Caldwell Is As Unpopular As Trump In Hawaii

May 2017

Friday, May 19

Should Taxpayers Have Paid The Legal Tab For This Honolulu Cop?

Wednesday, May 17

Hubbub Over Reality TV Star Sinks HPD Chief Selection Panel

Tuesday, May 16

ACLU: 10 Questions For The Next Honolulu Police Chief

Did Hawaii Lawmakers Just Give Public Worker Unions Too Much Power?

Wednesday, May 10

It Looks Like Political Insiders Will Help Pick The Next Honolulu Police Chief

Friday, May 5

Police Commissioner Cites Another ‘Failed Investigation’ Of Possible Abuse

Wednesday, May 3

Kealoha Threatens Police Commissioner With Ethics Complaint

Dog The Bounty Hunter’s Wife Might Help Select HPD’s Next Chief

Why The Stakes Are So High In Hawaii Police Union Negotiations

April 2017

Friday, April 28

New Public Union Deals Will Be Costly For State

Police Misconduct Cases: A Settlement, A Sentence And An Acquittal

Thursday, April 27

Lawmakers Advance A Bill Allowing A Mainlander To Be Police Chief

Monday, April 24

Honolulu Prosecutor Could Be A Witness For The Defense

Thursday, April 20

Judge Blocks Access To AG Investigation Of Hawaii Auditor

Police Commission May Be Short-Changing Cops In Need Of Attorneys

Wednesday, April 19

Honolulu Closer To Outfitting Officers With Body Cameras

Tuesday, April 18

Hawaii Police Agencies Struggle To Equip Officers With Body Cameras

Thursday, April 13

Kauai Police Chief Says He’s Applied For Honolulu Chief Job

Monday, April 10

Should Honolulu’s New Police Chief Be An Insider Or An Outsider?

Friday, April 7

Gabbard Skeptical That Syria Was Behind Chemical Attack

Wednesday, April 5

Honolulu Police Chief Job Attracts At Least 30 Applicants

Tuesday, April 4

Lawsuit: Police Officers, Union Tried To Cover Up Bar Shooting

Monday, April 3

Honolulu Police Chief Applications Are Rolling In

HPD Major Retires Amid Justice Department Corruption Probe

How The Hawaii Police Union Is Helping Keep Bad Cops On The Job

March 2017

Tuesday, March 28

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Still Chilly To Police Reform

Thursday, March 23

Did Honolulu Cops Issue Fake Tickets Or Did The Honolulu Prosecutor Make Up The Story?

Monday, March 6

Does The Justice Department Really Have A Case Against The Kealohas?

February 2017

Thursday, February 23

To Be A Honolulu Police Commissioner, First Be A Political Insider

Wednesday, February 22

Ex-Cop Hired By Hawaii DLNR Found Guilty Of Rape

Wednesday, February 15

Police Chief Orders Full Review Of Toddler Assault Case

Wednesday, February 8

‘Rare’ Request Seeks To Hide Criminal Case From Honolulu Prosecutor

Friday, February 3

HPD Chief Got His $250K Payout But No One Will Say Who Gave It To Him

Thursday, February 2

Senator: Police Union Wrong On Domestic Violence Bill

New Report Shows Serious Misconduct Persists At HPD

Wednesday, February 1

HPD: We Don’t Have $250,000 To Give The Chief

January 2017

Thursday, January 26

Lawsuit: Police Commission Broke The Law With Secret Meetings

Can One Attorney Sue The Chief And Defend Him At The Same Time?

Wednesday, January 25

Will Police Reform Finally Gain Traction In The 2017 Legislature?

Tuesday, January 24

Acting HPD Chief Concerned About $250K Payment To Kealoha

Monday, January 23

Police Commission Clarifies HPD Chief’s $250K Deal

Friday, January 20

Why One Police Commissioner Wanted To Fire The Chief

Wednesday, January 18

Honolulu Police Chief Gets $250,000 In Retirement Deal

Senator: ‘Silent’ Police Commission Should Stay Quiet A Bit Longer

Friday, January 13

Honolulu Police Commission To City Council: Stay Out Of It

FBI Serves Search Warrant At Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office

Tuesday, January 10

City Council Members ‘Leery’ Of HPD Chief’s Retirement Deal

Monday, January 9

HPD Chief Could Get A Lucrative Cash Payout Along With Pension

Is HPD Chief’s Departure Just The Beginning Of An ‘Ugly’ Mess?

Friday, January 6

Embattled Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha To Retire

Wednesday, January 4

Police Commission Remains Mum About HPD Chief Situation

Police Commission: HPD Chief’s Future Will Be Discussed In Secret

Tuesday, January 3

City Prosecutor Under Corruption Probe Will Run Criminal Intel Unit

The Plot Thickens In The Honolulu Police Chief Conspiracy Case