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.

Case Dismissed: 8 Years, No Conviction And A Honolulu Man’s Life Derailed Illustration by Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Case Dismissed: 8 Years, No Conviction And A Honolulu Man’s Life Derailed

Sefo Fatai says a woman he thought would give him money to pay off a debt to his boss handed him meth instead, plunging him into an eight-year ordeal fighting the criminal justice system.

SLIDESHOW: Inside Hawaii’s Prisons And Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Inside Hawaii’s Prisons And Jails

Civil Beat reporter Yoohyun Jung and photographer Cory Lum visited six state correctional facilities last week. No surprise, the facilities are overcrowded and seriously in need of repair.

Acting Honolulu Prosecutor Hit With Federal Subpoena Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Acting Honolulu Prosecutor Hit With Federal Subpoena

His office says it’s not clear what the feds want to talk about, but that Dwight Nadamoto will cooperate.

 

Judge Allows Katherine Kealoha’s Private Attorney To Withdraw Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Allows Katherine Kealoha’s Private Attorney To Withdraw

Earle Partington says he’ll still be around to help her with any future issues once she’s been sentenced.

Taxpayers Spent Nearly $700,000 on Kealohas’ Legal Fees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Taxpayers Spent Nearly $700,000 on Kealohas’ Legal Fees

The court-appointed attorney for Katherine Kealoha received the largest chunk of the fees.

Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot In Fifth Honolulu Officer-Involved Shooting Of The Year Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot In Fifth Honolulu Officer-Involved Shooting Of The Year

Honolulu police officers shot about 20 rounds at the 30-year-old man as he was driving his car toward them, the Honolulu police chief said.

Public Safety Deputy Director For Corrections Is Retiring Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Safety Deputy Director For Corrections Is Retiring

Jodie Maesaka-Hirata is leaving in December and will be replaced by a top DPS administrator.

Friends Tell Court Former Honolulu Police Chief Kealoha Was A Model And Deserves Leniency Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Friends Tell Court Former Honolulu Police Chief Kealoha Was A Model And Deserves Leniency

Several wrote that Louis Kealoha, convicted of conspiracy in federal court, did not know the extent of crimes committed by his wife, former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, but her lawyer said it’s unfair for her to take all the blame.

Kealohas Plead Guilty To Federal Felony Charges Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas Plead Guilty To Federal Felony Charges

Katherine Kealoha and her husband, former HPD Chief Louis Kealoha, will likely face years in prison after reaching plea agreements with federal prosecutors.

Former Honolulu Police Chief Agrees To Plead Guilty To Bank Fraud Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Honolulu Police Chief Agrees To Plead Guilty To Bank Fraud

Louis Kealoha’s plea deal will keep him from a trial that had been set for January. It comes a day after his wife, Katherine, signed her own agreement.

Katherine Kealoha Signs Plea Deal With Prosecutors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Katherine Kealoha Signs Plea Deal With Prosecutors

Her attorney said she signed a deal at the Federal Detention Center Sunday morning.

Kealoha Plea Deal In The Works Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Plea Deal In The Works

A hearing has been set for Tuesday in federal court to finalize a settlement that would avoid more trials.