Civil Beat Staff

Yoohyun Jung

Yoohyun Jung was the data reporter 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.

Hawaii Data Landscape: Antiquated Infrastructure, Widespread Distrust Courtesy: Hawaii Data Collaborative

Hawaii Data Landscape: Antiquated Infrastructure, Widespread Distrust

New report from the Hawaii Data Collaborative lays out the challenges faced by the state’s data ecosystem and recommendations on how to move forward.

Hawaii’s Pandemic-Induced Rental Car Shortage — Here’s What The Data Shows Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Pandemic-Induced Rental Car Shortage — Here’s What The Data Shows

Rental car companies sold off part of their fleets to make up for economic losses caused by the pandemic.

Hawaii’s Antiquated 211 Phone Line Gets A Much Needed Upgrade

Hawaii’s Antiquated 211 Phone Line Gets A Much Needed Upgrade

As the pandemic escalated last year, soaring call volumes crashed the system. Hawaii Data Collaborative is helping overhaul it.

Relics Of Sugar’s Past, Hawaii Dams Will Take Years To Fix Or Remove Courtesy: DLNR

Relics Of Sugar’s Past, Hawaii Dams Will Take Years To Fix Or Remove

The majority of Hawaii’s dams trace their roots back to the sugar cane plantation days, but the industry has left the state. And so has the money to maintain them.

Fewer Farmers Are Growing Hawaii’s ‘Miracle Food’ Taro Despite Growing Demand Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Fewer Farmers Are Growing Hawaii’s ‘Miracle Food’ Taro Despite Growing Demand

Growing, cultivating and cooking the starchy root vegetable, which is used to make poi, is hard work that’s not always profitable.

Report Calls For Better Data About And For Native Hawaiians Courtesy: Hawaii Budget & Policy Center/Papa Ola Lokahi

Report Calls For Better Data About And For Native Hawaiians

Native Hawaiians face disproportionate social and economic problems, but data about them is often incomplete, complicating efforts to improve the situation.

Hawaii Farmers Need Better Data To Make Decisions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Farmers Need Better Data To Make Decisions

Several market analysis programs have been discontinued in the past decade, including monthly reports on Hawaii produce like bananas and papayas.

Hawaii Has A Lot Of Agricultural Land. Very Little Of It Is Used For Growing Food Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Has A Lot Of Agricultural Land. Very Little Of It Is Used For Growing Food

The amount of land used for farming in Hawaii has shrunk dramatically since the 1930s.

EPA: Hawaii’s Military Bases Dumped 630,000 Pounds Of Toxic Nitrate Into The Ocean Cory Lum/Civil Beat

EPA: Hawaii’s Military Bases Dumped 630,000 Pounds Of Toxic Nitrate Into The Ocean

While federally permitted, the Environmental Protection Agency hopes the data’s public release spurs facilities to reduce their chemical waste.