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 2018

Friday, December 21

Hawaii Supreme Court Overturns 30 Years Of Government Secrecy

Thursday, December 20

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Federal Government Shutdown

Civil Rights Panel Backs Federal Recognition For Native Hawaiians

Thursday, December 13

Honolulu Police Corruption Probe Now Includes Katherine Kealoha’s Brother

Friday, December 7

Federal Investigators Are Digging Deeper Into Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office

Wednesday, December 5

Tulsi Gabbard’s Race To The Top

Tuesday, December 4

Hawaii Does Fine Raking In Federal Dollars Without Earmarks

Sunday, December 2

Tulsi Gabbard For President? ‘I Am Seriously Considering It’

Saturday, December 1

Tulsi Gabbard In Vermont: Protect Our Resources From Those ‘Driven By Greed’

November 2018

Thursday, November 29

Is This The Beginning Of Tulsi Gabbard’s Bid For President?

Monday, November 26

Hawaii False Missile Alert: New Problems Found In Federal Warning System

Wednesday, November 21

Tulsi Gabbard Just Called Donald Trump ‘Saudi Arabia’s Bitch’

Monday, November 19

Hirono Files Suit Against Trump Over Appointment of Acting AG

Thursday, November 15

Back In Washington Ed Case Gets Ready For ‘A Wild Ride’

Friday, November 9

Where Does Tulsi Gabbard Fit In The New House Democratic Majority?

Tuesday, November 6

Democrat Ed Case Easily Wins 1st Congressional District Race

Monday, November 5

Hawaii’s Big Donors Pump Millions Into Mainland Political Campaigns

October 2018

Monday, October 29

A Vegas Crooner Faces Long Odds In Quest To Unseat Tulsi Gabbard

Tuesday, October 23

Gabbard Spending A Lot Of Campaign Cash, But Not All Of It In Hawaii

Monday, October 22

Why GOP Congressional Candidate Cam Cavasso Won’t Quit Running

Friday, October 19

Civil Beat Poll: Hirono Approval Rating Still High Despite Kavanaugh Backlash

Monday, October 15

Hirono Rakes In The Campaign Cash Following Kavanaugh Hearing

Friday, October 12

Can A Moderate Like Ed Case Still Thrive In Washington?

Saturday, October 6

Hawaii Senators Want To Energize Voters After Kavanaugh Vote

Thursday, October 4

Hawaii In The Thick Of DC Battle Over Ballast Water Dumping

September 2018

Thursday, September 27

Hirono: ‘Does Character Matter?’

Here’s How Mazie Hirono Shaped Her ‘Badass’ Image In Washington

Friday, September 21

Loss Of Mainland Market For Marlin Is One More Sign Dan Inouye Is Gone

Tuesday, September 18

Hirono Tells McConnell To His Face: ‘Do The Right Thing’

Tuesday, September 11

Why Brett Kavanaugh Scares Native Rights Advocates

Wednesday, September 5

Hirono To Kavanaugh: ‘I Think You Have A Problem Here’

Brett Kavanaugh No Friend Of Special Rights For Native Hawaiians

Tuesday, September 4

Brian Schatz Has Become A Big Shot In Campaign Fundraising

August 2018

Wednesday, August 29

‘These Little Buggers’ Are Taking A Big Bite Out Of Hawaii’s Macadamia Crop

Monday, August 27

Why Progressives In Blue Hawaii Face An Uphill Battle

Monday, August 20

Gabbard’s Climate Stance Gets Her Listed As A Presidential Contender

Friday, August 17

From Bitcoin to Real Estate: How Federal Lawmakers Invest Their Money

Thursday, August 16

US Senate To Trump: Journalists Are Not ‘Enemies Of The People’

Saturday, August 11

Ed Case Wins 1st Congressional District Primary Race

Friday, August 10

Federal Judge Blocks Third Trial Against Special Agent Christopher Deedy

Ocasio-Cortez Brings Her Star Power To Hawaii To Boost Kaniela Ing

Wednesday, August 8

How Martin Hamburger Became A Staple Of Hawaii Politics

Tuesday, August 7

Hanabusa’s Legacy in Congress: From Military Spending To A Post Office In Kahala

Wednesday, August 1

Sherry Campagna’s Quest To Unseat Hawaii’s Most Popular Politician

Civil Beat Poll: Case Has Big Lead In 6-Way Race For Congress

July 2018

Wednesday, July 25

In Crowded Race For Congress, Democrats Span Ideological Spectrum

Tuesday, July 17

Kim Outspends The Pack In Crowded Race For Congress

Thursday, July 12

Katherine Kealoha’s Boyfriend Pleads Guilty To Federal Conspiracy

Hawaii Politicians Turn Digital Ads Into A Fundraising Bonanza

Tuesday, July 10

Trump’s Judge Pick From Hawaii Confirmed Despite GOP Pushback

Monday, July 9

Katherine Kealoha’s Boyfriend Charged With Lying About Their Affair

Tuesday, July 3

Donna Kim’s Misleading Attack On Her Opponent

June 2018

Thursday, June 28

Hirono Bill Aims To Strengthen Unions

Wednesday, June 27

Supreme Court Deals A Major Blow To Public Sector Unions

Senate Votes To Give Missile Alert Authority To Feds

Tuesday, June 26

Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban In Split Decision

Monday, June 25

Hirono Is Front And Center In Battle Against Trump’s Judicial Nominees

Thursday, June 21

‘It’s Very Personal To Me:’ Hirono Slams Trump’s Immigration Policy

Wednesday, June 20

Why A Hawaii Senator Wants To Stop A Coal-Fired Plant In Kenya

Tuesday, June 19

Here’s A New Twist In The Honolulu Corruption Case

Friday, June 15

Hawaii Gets $3.2 Million To Thwart Election Hacking

Wednesday, June 13

National Politics Percolate At ‘Hawaii On The Hill’ Event In DC

Tuesday, June 12

What The North Korean Summit Means For Missile Defense In Hawaii

Monday, June 11

How Tulsi Gabbard’s Fight Against War Is Affecting Hawaii

Wednesday, June 6

Tulsi Gabbard Is Writing A Book

Monday, June 4

Kaniela Ing Faces More Campaign Finance Questions — This Time From Feds

May 2018

Wednesday, May 30

Interior Secretary Doubles Down On ‘Konnichiwa’ Comment To Hanabusa

Tuesday, May 29

FBI Offers $20K Reward For Info About Missing Hawaii Kai Man

Thursday, May 24

Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Gets His Job Back

Tuesday, May 22

The Case Of A Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Is About To Go Public

Monday, May 21

Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Gabbard Opponent For Congress

Thursday, May 17

Kilauea Eruption Prompts US Senate Action On Volcano Monitoring

Wednesday, May 16

Hirono Evokes Floods And Volcanoes In Effort To Restore Net Neutrality

Tuesday, May 15

Beth Fukumoto Takes Her Hunt For Campaign Cash To DC

Monday, May 7

How Tulsi Gabbard Is Turning Her National Profile Into Campaign Cash

April 2018

Wednesday, April 25

Supreme Court Justices Skeptical About Hawaii’s Challenge to Trump Travel Ban

Tuesday, April 24

This New Military Spending Site Is Floundering

Monday, April 23

Hawaii Businesses Are Making Billions Off The Military

Tuesday, April 17

Sen. Donna Kim Leads Crowded Congressional Field In Fundraising

Monday, April 16

Honolulu Officials Promise Feds They’re On Board With Rail Money

Saturday, April 14

US Missile Strikes In Syria Draw Strong Reaction From Hawaii Delegation

Wednesday, April 11

Trump’s Federal Judge Nominee For Hawaii Gets Warm Reception In DC

Tuesday, April 10

Hawaii Senators Get Their Shot At Facebook CEO Zuckerberg

Friday, April 6

Former US Sen. Daniel Akaka Dead At 93

Wednesday, April 4

Schatz For President In 2020? Don’t Count On It, He Says

Tuesday, April 3

Super PAC’s Attack Reveals Gaps In Hawaii Campaign Finance Law

Monday, April 2

How ‘Blind Faith’ Led To Hawaii’s Biggest Police Corruption Scandal

March 2018

Thursday, March 29

College Would Get A Lot More Affordable Under This New Schatz Proposal

Thursday, March 22

New Federal Budget Deal Has Lots Of Goodies For Hawaii

Monday, March 19

Former Hawaii Resident Confirmed For Top Border Protection Post

Tulsi Gabbard’s Record On Gun Control Is A Moving Target

Wednesday, March 7

Hawaii Federal Judge Nomination Offers Glimpse Of Partisan Dealmaking

February 2018

Wednesday, February 21

Honolulu Police Commission Gets New Leadership

Hirono On Her Cancer Battle: ‘My Voice Remains Strong’

Tuesday, February 20

How Honolulu’s New Police Chief Is Shaking Up A Troubled Department

Wednesday, February 14

Congressional Budget Deal Likely Means More Federal Money For Hawaii

Monday, February 12

This Trump Pick Wins Rare Applause from Hawaii’s Democratic Senators

Thursday, February 8

Why We Didn’t Name Hawaii’s ‘Button Pusher’

Wednesday, February 7

Hawaii Police Union Strikes Back At Chief Ballard Over Reassignments

New HPD Report Shows Just How Hard It Is To Fire A Bad Cop

January 2018

Wednesday, January 31

Kim Leads Pack In Congressional Campaign Cash

Tuesday, January 30

Man Who Sent Out False Missile Alert Was ‘Source Of Concern’ For A Decade

Saturday, January 27

Botched Illegal Gambling Case Prompts Lawsuit Against Prosecutors

Thursday, January 25

This Is What Hawaii’s Missile Defense System Looks Like

Monday, January 22

Hawaii Delegation Splits Its Votes As Government Shutdown Ends

Sunday, January 21

Hirono: Congress Must Resolve Shutdown Issues Without Trump’s Help

Friday, January 19

Partisan Gridlock Leads To Federal Shutdown

Officers At Bar Shooting Denied City-Paid Legal Defense

Saturday, January 13

False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill

Friday, January 12

Will The HPD Scandal Jump-Start Police Reform In The Legislature?

Friday, January 5

Another Guilty Plea In Federal Police Corruption Investigation

Wednesday, January 3

Police Commission Loosens Rules On Legal Fees For Officers

Woman Sues Hawaii For Hiring Ex-Cop Who Then Assaulted Her

Tuesday, January 2

Hawaii Is Still Waiting For An Audit Of Police Property Seizures