Civil Beat Staff

Viola Gaskell

Viola Gaskell is Civil Beat’s education reporter. Born and raised in Hana, Maui, she grew up in Hawaii public schools, and is deeply interested in the inner workings of the state’s education system and its effects on Hawaii’s youth.

After a stint as a foreign correspondent, she returned to Maui in 2021 and became the associate editor of Maui Times, where she wrote, photographed and edited stories for print and online publication.

Her coverage of the landmark Hong Kong protest movement was published in papers and on news sites in the U.S., Australia and Europe by DPA during her year-long tenure with the Berlin-based press agency. Viola has written about Hong Kong and China for news sites like Al Jazeera, The Independent and VICE, and has published dozens of multimedia stories with publications including Flux Hawaii and Whetstone Magazine about topics from Hawaii’s lei industry to air pollution solutions across Asia.

In 2020, Viola was a mentor with Solutions Journalism Network for Nigeria-based journalist Ifedayo Ogunyemi.