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.

Behind The Verdict In The Kealoha Trial: An Interview With The Jury Foreman Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Behind The Verdict In The Kealoha Trial: An Interview With The Jury Foreman

There was no smoking gun just a “mountain of evidence” that led to the conspiracy conviction of the former Honolulu police chief, his prosecutor wife and two police officers.

City Sued In Crash That Killed Three Pedestrians After Police Pursuit Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

City Sued In Crash That Killed Three Pedestrians After Police Pursuit

Two people who were among the injured say an officer violated HPD policy. They are also suing the alleged drunken driver.

Family Asks Judge To Overturn Verdict That Cleared Cops In Man’s Death Honolulu Police Department

Family Asks Judge To Overturn Verdict That Cleared Cops In Man’s Death

A federal jury concluded police officers did not use excessive force in their use of a Taser and pepper spray during an encounter with Sheldon Haleck.

Prosecutor’s Safe House For Abuse Victims To Close As Questions Swirl Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Prosecutor’s Safe House For Abuse Victims To Close As Questions Swirl

The City Council cut funding for the facility, a favored project of the Honolulu prosecutor, and now it faces allegations of civil rights abuses from residents.

Katherine Kealoha Is Sent To Jail Until Sentencing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha Is Sent To Jail Until Sentencing

Updated: A federal judge revoked her bail Friday after she was found guilty of federal conspiracy and obstruction charges.

Jury Convicts Kealohas And 2 HPD Officers Of Conspiracy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Jury Convicts Kealohas And 2 HPD Officers Of Conspiracy

Update: Honolulu’s former police chief and his prosecutor wife, along with two police officers, were found guilty Thursday in one of the biggest corruption cases in Hawaii history.

PODCAST: Closing Arguments In The Kealoha Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

PODCAST: Closing Arguments In The Kealoha Trial

Spectators at the trial weigh in on how prosecutors and defense attorneys tried to persuade jurors of their case.

Kealoha Conspiracy Trial Is Now In The Hands Of The Jury Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Conspiracy Trial Is Now In The Hands Of The Jury

Closing arguments in one of the most highly-publicized criminal trials in Hawaii history concluded Wednesday.

Kealoha Conspiracy Trial: ‘Power, Greed And Manipulation’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Conspiracy Trial: ‘Power, Greed And Manipulation’

Closing arguments began Tuesday in the trial of Louis and Katherine Kealoha and three Honolulu police officers.

Podcast: Crime And Punishment In The Kealoha Trial Yoohyun Jung

Podcast: Crime And Punishment In The Kealoha Trial

Civil Beat reporters chat with federal public defenders about conspiracy, sentencing guidelines and more.

How To Attract Good Police Officers In The Face Of A Nationwide Shortage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How To Attract Good Police Officers In The Face Of A Nationwide Shortage

The Honolulu Police Department is trying some innovative ideas to fill hundreds of vacancies.

Hawaii Police Shooting Board Won’t Release Its Findings — At Least For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Police Shooting Board Won’t Release Its Findings — At Least For Now

The new board wants advice from the state AG’s office before deciding whether to reveal what its concluded about officer-involved deaths.