Civil Beat Staff

Yoohyun Jung

Yoohyun Jung reports on criminal justice and public safety for Honolulu Civil Beat. She specializes in investigative and watchdog reporting.

Before joining Civil Beat, she worked across media platforms in the United States and South Korea. Most recently, Jung worked as a radio writer for Korea Broadcasting System’s English division in Seoul, Korea. Prior to that, she worked in various roles, including data specialist, education reporter and public safety reporter, at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.

Jung has won numerous state and regional awards and fellowships for her investigative and enterprise work, including from the Arizona Newspapers Association, Arizona Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2016, she was one of five fellows selected for an investigative fellowship at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, through which she completed a year-long investigation on a rapidly expanding international school network.

A graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, Jung started her reporting career as a Eugene C. Pulliam fellow on the Page One team of the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She is also an alumna of The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, a training program for young journalists of color.

News tips are always appreciated. You can follow Yoohyun on Twitter @yoohyun_jung. You can also reach her via email at yjung@civilbeat.org or on the phone at 808-220-3431.

New Prison Oversight Commission Has A Full Plate Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

New Prison Oversight Commission Has A Full Plate

Off to a slow start, the new commissioners say they want to take a wide-ranging look at the entire criminal justice system.

Can Hawaii’s Elected Leaders Save The State From ‘Drowning?’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Hawaii’s Elected Leaders Save The State From ‘Drowning?’

Legislators kicked off the 2020 session united with the governor to tackle the cost of living. The question is whether their bold ideas will become reality.

Three Hawaii Correctional Facilities Ban Contact Visits Despite Potential Benefits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Three Hawaii Correctional Facilities Ban Contact Visits Despite Potential Benefits

Studies suggest non-contact visits can be harmful for families, especially children.

Public Safety Department Wants 15 More Guards But Can’t Fill Vacancies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Safety Department Wants 15 More Guards But Can’t Fill Vacancies

Some members of the House Finance Committee want to know how the new positions can be justified.

Sheehan Out As Honolulu Police Commission Chair Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sheehan Out As Honolulu Police Commission Chair

Loretta Sheehan has led the commission through much of the federal corruption probe.

Honolulu Police Official Says Suspect Shot Because ‘He Was Not Compliant’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Official Says Suspect Shot Because ‘He Was Not Compliant’

HPD explained why officers shot and killed a man in Kailua who had walked away from a work furlough facility.

Honolulu Police Shoot Man In Kailua Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Shoot Man In Kailua

A woman who was in the car with the suspect has been arrested.

Honolulu Businessman Files Federal Complaint In Prosecutor Impeachment Effort Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Honolulu Businessman Files Federal Complaint In Prosecutor Impeachment Effort

Tracy Yoshimura has asked a federal court to clear up an e-signature issue that has stalled his initiative to oust Keith Kaneshiro.

Judge Puts Hawaii Taser Case On Hold www.taser.com

Judge Puts Hawaii Taser Case On Hold

A lawsuit over the right to carry a stun gun for personal protection will wait on the outcome of a seemingly unrelated weapons case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

HPD Swears In New Deputy Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Swears In New Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief Jonathon Grems retired in December. Clyde Ho took over.

A Baking Job Helped A Federal Offender Transform Her Life After Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Baking Job Helped A Federal Offender Transform Her Life After Prison

A Honolulu nonprofit’s support was essential to turning Kellyn Cabral’s life around, she says.

Honolulu Man Tried Repeatedly On Meth Charges Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Man Tried Repeatedly On Meth Charges Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

Sefo Fatai, an auto mechanic, spent nearly three years in jail awaiting trial. He was never convicted.