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Richard Wiens

Richard Wiens has been helping to run newsrooms big and small for more than 30 years, and was most recently editor and publisher of the Del Norte Triplicate, a newspaper in the far-northern California town of Crescent City, also known as the tsunami magnet of the West Coast.

There, he coordinated coverage that won numerous statewide awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, including first place for spot news coverage of a tsunami — spawned by the Japanese earthquake of March 2011 — that destroyed Crescent City Harbor.

Prior to that, he helped run the city desks of the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Spokane (Washington) Spokesman-Review and the Los Angeles Daily News. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 1979, he got his start in newspapering at the Hillsboro (Oregon) Argus, where he advanced from reporter to managing editor during his seven-year tenure.

Shedding the bonds of print journalism to become news editor of Honolulu Civil Beat is the latest challenge of Richard’s career. Others have included directing coverage of the numerous military institutions in Colorado Springs, and of a controversial downtown Spokane shopping mall developed partly with public money by the owner of the newspaper he worked for.

He has won statewide first-place awards for feature writing and military coverage, and helped direct coverage of the standoff between white supremacist Randy Weaver and federal agents at Ruby Ridge in North Idaho that was the Pulitzer runner-up for spot news in 1992.

Throughout his career, he has pushed for coverage that helps citizens better understand — and hopefully improve — the community they live in.

Contact Richard at rwiens@civilbeat.org or follow him on Twitter at @WiensCivilBeat.

Maui Brush Fire Forces Evacuations Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Maui Brush Fire Forces Evacuations

The blaze was still uncontained Thursday evening, and two shelters had been opened.

Magic Island Lagoon Closed After Grounding Of Sailboat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Magic Island Lagoon Closed After Grounding Of Sailboat

The 32-foot vessel Summer Salt got stuck on the barrier between the lagoon and the ocean Wednesday night.

Honolulu Rail Officials Hand-Deliver Recovery Plan To Feds Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Officials Hand-Deliver Recovery Plan To Feds

The trip to San Francisco was made in hopes that the Federal Transit Administration will start releasing more money for the project.

Results Announced In Oahu Neighborhood Board Elections City and County of Honolulu

Results Announced In Oahu Neighborhood Board Elections

There are 435 seats on 33 boards islandwide, but there were no candidates for 29 of the positions.

National Weather Service To Investigate Fake Tsunami Alert Chad Blair/Civil Beat

National Weather Service To Investigate Fake Tsunami Alert

A bogus message about an earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami went out on a global telecommunications system

Honolulu City Council Action: Waters Sworn In, Anderson Elected Chairman Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Council Action: Waters Sworn In, Anderson Elected Chairman

Tommy Waters defeated Trevor Ozawa for the District 4 post in a special election last month.

Honolulu Police Sergeant Charged With Domestic Abuse

Honolulu Police Sergeant Charged With Domestic Abuse

Updated: Darren Cachola had already lost his job — and then got it back — after a previous 2014 incident, in which he was caught on video punching his girlfriend.

Names, Ranks And Salaries Of Honolulu Cops Are Still Secret Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Names, Ranks And Salaries Of Honolulu Cops Are Still Secret

Legal challenges from Hawaii’s police union have prevented the public release of the identities of almost 2,000 sworn officers.

IMAGES OF 2018: A Year Of Alarms, Elections, Lava And A Notable Passing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

IMAGES OF 2018: A Year Of Alarms, Elections, Lava And A Notable Passing

The mother of all false alerts preceded very real disasters that flooded Kauai with rainwater and the Big Island with lava. Then came the threat of Hurricane Lane.

ConCon Is Gone Gone — Voters Reject State Constitutional Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ConCon Is Gone Gone — Voters Reject State Constitutional Convention

It was a once-a-decade chance for the public to go over the heads of the Legislature, but the measure was opposed by public employee unions.

Questions About The ConCon? We’ve Got Your Answers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Questions About The ConCon? We’ve Got Your Answers

Once a decade there’s a twist to Hawaii’s general election — a vote on whether to hold a constitutional convention. Here’s what voters need to know.

We May Finally Get To See Honolulu Police Salary Information Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We May Finally Get To See Honolulu Police Salary Information

A judge’s rejection of a police union challenge clears the way for the release of names and pay levels for hundreds of officers.