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.

Scam Artists Promised Mortgage Relief, Delivered Heartbreak To Hawaii Homeowners Yoohyun Jung/Civil Beat

Scam Artists Promised Mortgage Relief, Delivered Heartbreak To Hawaii Homeowners

Anthony Williams ripped off homeowners in several states, prosecutors say. In Hawaii, some of his marks then enticed new victims in their Filipino community.

Honolulu Mayor: Prison May Be ‘Safest Place’ To Ride Out COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor: Prison May Be ‘Safest Place’ To Ride Out COVID-19

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s comments contradict the CDC and the experience of correctional facilities across the country where coronavirus is spreading rapidly.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Cutting Payroll Costs To Weather Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Cutting Payroll Costs To Weather Pandemic

The question for already-beleaguered media outlets nationwide is when steps such as furloughs and reduced work schedules can be lifted.

Public Defender’s Office Wants Hundreds More Hawaii Inmates Released Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Defender’s Office Wants Hundreds More Hawaii Inmates Released

The Supreme Court is considering the proposed releases to avoid a coronavirus outbreak in correctional facilities.

Some Hawaii Inmates Likely To Be Released Amid COVID-19 Concerns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Hawaii Inmates Likely To Be Released Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Under orders from the Supreme Court, the attorney general is spearheading a meeting to develop an evaluation process.

Hawaii Prison Plan For COVID-19 Emphasizes Hygiene Over Inmate Releases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prison Plan For COVID-19 Emphasizes Hygiene Over Inmate Releases

The state says that, despite overcrowding, there will be room to isolate sick inmates.

Honolulu EMS Sees Rise In Non-Emergency Coronavirus Calls Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu EMS Sees Rise In Non-Emergency Coronavirus Calls

The calls are stretching the department’s ability to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Hawaii Prosecutors Retool Policies To Avoid Filling Up Jails During Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Prosecutors Retool Policies To Avoid Filling Up Jails During Pandemic

One prosecutor — Justin Kollar of Kauai — has signed on to a national initiative to release some low level offenders not considered a threat to the community.

Sentencing Postponed, Katherine Kealoha Resigns As Attorney Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sentencing Postponed, Katherine Kealoha Resigns As Attorney

The Hawaii Supreme Court granted the former deputy prosecutor’s request to step down as she awaits sentencing.

Hawaii Gun Violence Commission Would Leave The Public In The Dark Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Hawaii Gun Violence Commission Would Leave The Public In The Dark

The Legislature has proposed creating a new group to help tackle violent crimes but exempting it from the Sunshine Law.

Feds Want Katherine Kealoha In Prison For 14 Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Want Katherine Kealoha In Prison For 14 Years

In a series of sentencing memos filed Friday, prosecutors are seeking the harshest sentences for the Kealohas and their co-conspirators.

Acting Prosecutor Dwight Nadamoto Announces Run For The Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Acting Prosecutor Dwight Nadamoto Announces Run For The Job

He filed his paperwork back in December but withheld his announcement until now.