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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.

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.

Our Salary Database Now Includes Hundreds Of Hawaii County Employees Flickr.com

Our Salary Database Now Includes Hundreds Of Hawaii County Employees

With the inclusion of Big Island data first requested in July 2017, only Honolulu police officers are still missing. A judge’s ruling is pending on that.

Tropical Storm Warning Issued For Oahu NOAA

Tropical Storm Warning Issued For Oahu

UPDATED: Warnings are also in effect for Maui County and the Big Island, and a storm watch is now in effect for Kauai.

Candidate Surveys Are Rolling In But We Want Even More Flickr.com

Candidate Surveys Are Rolling In But We Want Even More

Lots of candidates have yet to send in their Q&As. There’s still time but you’re cutting it close.

We’re Giving All Hawaii Candidates The Chance To Make Their Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We’re Giving All Hawaii Candidates The Chance To Make Their Case

Civil Beat has again emailed surveys to every person on the ballot in the islands. Now we’re starting to publish their answers.

Say Aloha To Civil Beat’s 3 New Interns Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Say Aloha To Civil Beat’s 3 New Interns

The newest additions to the staff include our first-ever video production intern, a news reporter and a candidate survey assistant.