Civil Beat Staff

Patti Epler

Patti Epler is the Editor and General Manager of Civil Beat.

Patti has been a reporter and editor since 1976. She began her career in Anchorage, Alaska, writing a column for The Anchorage Times and covering cops and courts in the frontier state at a time construction of the massive trans-Alaska pipeline was drawing thousands of young people north and opening up a new energy source for the country.

Patti moved to Hawaii in 1982 where she lived on a 41-foot sailboat in Keehi Lagoon and worked for Honolulu Magazine. She returned to Alaska in 1984 to a job covering the state’s booming oil and gas business, utilities, mining and environmental issues. In 1989, she was one of the lead reporters on the Exxon Valdez oil spill. She was also a member of the Anchorage Daily News team that won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal For Public Service for a series on alcoholism and self-destructive behavior among Alaska Natives.

In 1990, she and her family, including a young daughter, moved to Olympia, Washington, where Patti covered politics and the Legislature for the Tacoma News Tribune. In 1997, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and an editor’s job at the alt-weekly, Phoenix New Times. In 2004, she became projects editor and city editor at the East Valley Tribune, at the time the Phoenix metro area’s second largest daily paper. In 2008, Patti edited and directed that paper’s series on the immigration enforcement practices of a colorful local sheriff, an effort that was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.

She moved to the online news world in 2009, joining with other journalists to found the Arizona Guardian, a short-lived news site covering politics and government. In 2010, she returned to Alaska to work on another reporter-founded website, the Alaska Dispatch.

She was hired as Civil Beat’s deputy editor in September 2011 and was named Editor when former Editor John Temple left to take a job as managing editor of the Washington Post in April 2012.

Patti is an old-school investigative journalist in a new media world. She still values solid relationships with news sources and strong journalistic ethics. Like many of her colleagues, she’s been laid off (more than once) from what were once vibrant and thriving newspapers. She is now a true believer in online journalism and all that the internet has to offer news operations that embrace meaningful reporting and investigative and watchdog journalism to encourage community discussion of important civic and political issues. Those concepts are at the core of Civil Beat.

She’s always available to grab a cup of coffee and talk about Hawaii and story ideas.

You can follow Patti on twitter @PattiEpler. You can also email her at patti@civilbeat.org. Direct line is 808-377-0561.

December 2012

Saturday, December 15

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Dec. 10 – 14

Saturday, December 8

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Dec. 3 – 7

Saturday, December 1

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Nov. 26 – 30

November 2012

Saturday, November 17

10 Must Read Stories From the Week Of Nov. 12 – 16

Saturday, November 10

10 Must Read Stories From the Week Of Nov. 5 – 9

Saturday, November 3

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Oct. 29 – Nov. 3

October 2012

Sunday, October 28

Hawaii Tsunami Barely Noticeable, No Significant Damage Reported

Saturday, October 27

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Oct. 22 – 26

Saturday, October 20

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Oct. 15 – 19

Tuesday, October 16

There’s No Excuse For Hawaii Ed Department’s Really Bad Management

Saturday, October 13

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Oct. 8 – 12

Saturday, October 6

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Oct. 1 – 5

September 2012

Saturday, September 29

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 24 – 28

Friday, September 21

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 17 – 21

Wednesday, September 19

Embracing Our Inner Webbyness: Civil Beat Grows In A New Direction

Saturday, September 8

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 3 – Sept. 7

Saturday, September 1

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Aug. 27 – Aug. 31

August 2012

Tuesday, August 28

The Story Of Us: Civil Beat Is Growing

Saturday, August 25

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Aug. 20 – 24

Saturday, August 18

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Aug. 13 – 17

Friday, August 10

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Aug. 6 – Aug. 10

Friday, August 3

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of July 30 – August 3

July 2012

Sunday, July 29

Our Fact Checks Get A Fact Check

Saturday, July 28

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of July 23 – 27

Saturday, July 21

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of July 16 – 20

Friday, July 20

Hirono’s War Chest Keeps Pace With Lingle’s

Thursday, July 19

Hawaii Legislative Candidates Answer Surveys

Monday, July 16

Hannemann and Gabbard Race For The Cash

Saturday, July 14

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of July 9 – 13

June 2012

Saturday, June 23

10 Must Read Stories From The Week of June 18 – 22

Saturday, June 16

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of June 11 – June 15

Saturday, June 9

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of June 4 – June 8

Friday, June 8

Our Hawaiian Spring: New Facebook Voting Game Aims To Boost Turnout

Saturday, June 2

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 28 – June 1

May 2012

Saturday, May 26

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 21 – 25

Saturday, May 19

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 14 – May 18

Saturday, May 12

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 7 – 11

Friday, May 11

Last Chance To Take Our Political Survey!

Saturday, May 5

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of April 30 – May 4

Tuesday, May 1

A Letter From Civil Beat

April 2012

Saturday, April 28

10 Must Read Stories From The Week of April 23 – 27

Saturday, April 21

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of April 14 – 20

Hawaii’s U.S. Senate Candidates Raise Big Bucks But Are Spending Frugally

Thursday, April 19

Hanabusa, Djou Cruising With Campaign Cash

Tuesday, April 17

Hannemann, Gabbard Pull Away from Pack in CD2 Money Race

Wednesday, April 4

Zero Confidence in Lawmakers Revealed

March 2012

Saturday, March 24

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of March 19 – 23

Tuesday, March 13

Civil Beat Will Live Blog Hawaii GOP Caucuses

February 2012

Saturday, February 25

Windfall Of Tax Revenue To Be Had Without Tax Increase

Saturday, February 18

Not So Public: Auditor Stonewalled On Prison Job

Thursday, February 9

Hirono Gets 28% of Individual Contributions From Small Donors

Sunday, February 5

Hanabusa, Djou Each Start 2012 With $300K In Bank

Wednesday, February 1

Hannemann Ahead in CD2 Race For Cash

January 2012

Tuesday, January 31

Lingle Rakes in Cash From Mainland PACs

Wednesday, January 25

Civil Beat’s Guide To The 2012 Elections

Thursday, January 12

Open Records Agency Proposes Changes To Hawaii Sunshine Law