Civil Beat Staff

Yoohyun Jung

Yoohyun Jung is 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. You can also reach her via email at yjung@civilbeat.org or on the phone at 808-220-3431.

Does Hawaii Have A Grip On COVID-19? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Does Hawaii Have A Grip On COVID-19?

Health officials are expressing concern over a recent spike in cases, but say Hawaii has the capacity it needs to scale back the travel quarantine.

Survey Shows Harsh Financial Realities Facing Many Hawaii Residents Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Survey Shows Harsh Financial Realities Facing Many Hawaii Residents

A recent survey shows 45% of residents have experienced a decrease in household income and 13% received help from a food bank or drive.

Face Scanners At Hawaii Airports Are ‘Terrifying,’ ACLU Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Face Scanners At Hawaii Airports Are ‘Terrifying,’ ACLU Says

A DOT spokesman says the pilot program isn’t technology from “spy movies,” but a civil rights group argues it is mass surveillance.

Shoddy Record Keeping By HPD Skews Public Picture Of Police Killings Flickr.com/Tex Texin

Shoddy Record Keeping By HPD Skews Public Picture Of Police Killings

A Civil Beat review found that Honolulu police officers killed at least 29 people in the past decade, at least 11 more cases than are listed in HPD’s use of force reports.

Oahu Jail Guard Charged With Smuggling Drugs Into Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Jail Guard Charged With Smuggling Drugs Into Jail

The charges were announced Thursday, a day after the corrections officer was searched at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Honolulu Police Chief: George Floyd’s Death Was ‘Avoidable’ And ‘Criminal’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Chief: George Floyd’s Death Was ‘Avoidable’ And ‘Criminal’

During the June 3 police commission meeting, the chief said many things went wrong in the Minneapolis incident that is causing nationwide unrest.

UH Football Player Arrested For Violating Quarantine UH Screenshot

UH Football Player Arrested For Violating Quarantine

Venasio “Solo” Vaipulu reportedly left his designated quarantine location daily.

Two Reform-Minded Members Quit The Honolulu Police Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Two Reform-Minded Members Quit The Honolulu Police Commission

The two were frustrated over the commission’s lack of power to make meaningful change in the police department.