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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 Officials Have Received Big Pay Raises In The Past Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Officials Have Received Big Pay Raises In The Past Year

Civil Beat fills out its salary database with thousands of City and County of Honolulu workers, including those caught up in a federal probe.

Some Principals Can Still Earn More Than Top DOE Officials Civil Beat

Some Principals Can Still Earn More Than Top DOE Officials

Civil Beat’s public employee salary database now includes 22,395 employees of the Hawaii Department of Education.

Neighbor Islands: Harry Kim Now The Highest-Paid Mayor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neighbor Islands: Harry Kim Now The Highest-Paid Mayor

Maui County has the most employees, but Hawaii County has generally caught up in the salaries paid to top executives.

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Pay Hikes For Water Board Engineers Outpace Other City Officials

And check out what we’re paying Honolulu City Council members and other employees of the city’s legislative branch.

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Hawaii’s Judges Are The Top Paid Judiciary Employees

They’re getting smaller raises these days, which concerns the chief justice who says qualified judges are hard to find.

Doctors Are Still The Top-Paid Public Employees In Hawaii Flickr.com

Doctors Are Still The Top-Paid Public Employees In Hawaii

The Hawaii Health Services Corp. and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs have big changes atop their pay scales, but the highest-salaried physician hasn’t changed.

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Two Deans And A Football Coach Are Top Paid Employees At UH

Civil Beat’s salary database just added 7,424 statewide employees of the University of Hawaii system. At least 1,639 make six-figure salaries.

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The Fattest Paychecks In Hawaii Government Don’t Always Go To The Top Bosses

More than 14,000 state employees have been added to Civil Beat’s salary database, including many who earn more than the governor.

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Some Six-Figure Salaries At The State’s Watchdog Agencies

At look at the payrolls of the State Auditor’s Office, Ethics Commission and Ombudsman’s Office

Hawaii Legislature’s Top-Paid Officials Never Run For Office Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature’s Top-Paid Officials Never Run For Office

The latest installment of Civil Beat’s public salary database includes employees of the Senate, House and Legislative Reference Bureau.

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Hawaii Salary Database 2020: We’re Kicking Off This Year’s Report With HPD

A legal challenge by the police union held up release of officers’ names for years but a recent court ruling found disclosure is required under public records law. 

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Maui Brush Fire Forces Evacuations

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