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.

Honolulu Police Acquire More Military-Style Equipment Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Acquire More Military-Style Equipment

The local ACLU criticizes the purchase of equipment like the $580,000 Lenco Bearcat armored vehicle as encouraging local police to adopt a “warrior mentality.”

Louis Kealoha Files For Divorce From Katherine Kealoha Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Louis Kealoha Files For Divorce From Katherine Kealoha

The marriage is irretrievably broken, Louis Kealoha indicated in his court complaint.

Judge Will Decide Kealohas’ Fate In Bank Fraud Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Will Decide Kealohas’ Fate In Bank Fraud Trial

A federal judge approved the law enforcement couple’s waiver of a jury trial.

New Police Ethics Training Hopes To Stop ‘Misguided Loyalty’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Police Ethics Training Hopes To Stop ‘Misguided Loyalty’

The new program from New Orleans teaches police officers to intervene and prevent mistakes before they happen.

Honolulu’s Property Crime Problem: ‘Tourists Make Great Victims’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Property Crime Problem: ‘Tourists Make Great Victims’

Violent crime is down but property crime is climbing, new FBI data shows.

Kealohas: No Jury For Bank Fraud Trial Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas: No Jury For Bank Fraud Trial

A hearing is set for next week to decide if just a judge will hear the case involving complicated financial issues.

New Oahu Jail Project Is Stalling Out Over Lack Of Cash, Community Support Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Oahu Jail Project Is Stalling Out Over Lack Of Cash, Community Support

OCCC has a five-year master plan, but it’s unclear when the five-year period starts or ends, and nobody wants to pay for it. 

Contractor Pleads Guilty In Schofield Bribery Case U.S. Army

Contractor Pleads Guilty In Schofield Bribery Case

John Winslett admitted taking more than $700,000 in kickbacks.

Kealohas Could Avoid Bank Fraud Trial If Plea Deal Reached Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealohas Could Avoid Bank Fraud Trial If Plea Deal Reached

A new indictment lays out more details in the case involving Katherine Kealoha’s oversight of children’s trust funds.

New Ideas For Transforming Hawaii’s Prisons flcikr: Jason Farrar

New Ideas For Transforming Hawaii’s Prisons

From alternatives to incarceration to storytelling to more legal action, experts on law and justice have plenty of thoughts on improving Hawaii’s system.

Federal Judge Postpones Sentencing Of The Kealohas For Two Weeks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Judge Postpones Sentencing Of The Kealohas For Two Weeks

Louis Kealoha, the former Honolulu police chief, and Katherine Kealoha, a former deputy city prosecutor, are now scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31.

Feds Step Up Enforcement Of Illegal Gambling In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Step Up Enforcement Of Illegal Gambling In Hawaii

Officials say asset forfeiture will be a key strategy in stopping and deterring the spread of illicit gambling houses.