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.

COVID-19 Is Changing ‘The Face Of Hunger’ In Hawaii Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Is Changing ‘The Face Of Hunger’ In Hawaii

The Hawaii Foodbank has distributed nearly 19 million pounds of food since March. The statewide food insecurity rate for 2020 was projected to be 16.8%, but the figure was far greater for children at 29.4%, or 89,050.

New Lawsuit Filed In Kamehameha Schools Abuse Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Lawsuit Filed In Kamehameha Schools Abuse Case

Sexual abuse allegations mount after the school paid an $80 million settlement agreement in 2018.

COVID-19 Data: Dashboards Galore, But Key Data Still Sparse

COVID-19 Data: Dashboards Galore, But Key Data Still Sparse

People in Hawaii have plenty of COVID-19 dashboards to choose from, but important information sought by researchers and policymakers is still missing.

Biden Easily Won Hawaii But Data Shows Support For Trump Has Grown Bryan Berkowitz/Civil Beat

Biden Easily Won Hawaii But Data Shows Support For Trump Has Grown

In this historic turnout, the president’s supporters turned out in larger numbers but not enough to influence state elections.

Easy Targets? Some Oahu Homeless Have Been Ticketed Dozens Of Times During The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Easy Targets? Some Oahu Homeless Have Been Ticketed Dozens Of Times During The Pandemic

A Civil Beat analysis of court data on HPD’s pandemic enforcement shows homeless people account for nearly 25% of pandemic violations despite making up less than 1% of the population.  

Glitches And Problems: My First Adventure With Hawaii’s New COVID-19 Travel Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Glitches And Problems: My First Adventure With Hawaii’s New COVID-19 Travel Program

The Safe Travels program is super confusing. That shows in the data, and in reality.

Wrong Tests, Weird Exemptions – What The Data Tells Us About Hawaii’s Reopening Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Wrong Tests, Weird Exemptions – What The Data Tells Us About Hawaii’s Reopening

Many of the 67,000 or so travelers in the first week of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program came with unapproved test results.

Are You Wearing A Mask In Public? These Hawaii Researchers Want To Know Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are You Wearing A Mask In Public? These Hawaii Researchers Want To Know

Hawaii is one of the first states to conduct a widespread study of how many people are wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Hawaii’s Population Is Shrinking. The Pandemic Could Make Things Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Population Is Shrinking. The Pandemic Could Make Things Worse

The state’s population has been declining for three years. Experts worry that the economy will suffer as more people move away due to changes caused by the coronavirus.