Civil Beat is the largest news outlet dedicated to public affairs reporting about Hawaii. Our focus is on investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary that gives readers a broad view on issues of importance to the community.
Created in 2010 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Civil Beat has quickly become one of the most respected news sites in Hawaii. Our journalists have won dozens of state and regional awards and Civil Beat has been named the best news website in Hawaii for the past four years by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Civil Beat also hopes to foster community discussion by providing a place where citizens can debate important issues in a civil manner, free from cheap shots and personal swipes. We do that through encouraging a wide variety of reader-written Community Voices, public events and through our integrated Facebook comments.
Why Support Us?
Our goal is to challenge our leaders to do better. We are the watchdogs of the public’s trust and we take seriously the mission to ensure our government and civic leaders are not abusing that trust.
But it’s not only our responsibility. Citizens have a critical role to play in moving our society forward by engaging in and discovering the best solutions. A news organization like Civil Beat depends on the community that it serves to help carry out its mission.
By purchasing a subscription, you are helping support us to do the work that it takes to keep this mission strong.
We welcome you to the civic square.
Civil Beat Staff
- Pierre Omidyar, CEO & Publisher
- Randy Ching, Co-Founder
- Patti Epler, Editor
- Richard Wiens, Managing Editor
- Eric Pape, Deputy Editor
- Todd Simmons, Opinion Editor
Business & Marketing
- Heidi Pliszka, Director of Business Operations
- Cliff Hahn, Audience Development Manager
- Alice Terry, Operations Specialist
- April Estrellon, Administrative Assistant
- Winner, Best Overall News Site, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter
- First Place Winner, 2015 Best of the West for Editorial Writing, the Civil Beat Editorial Board, “Homeless Policy: Sand Island Camp Is a Waste of Money”
- Second Place, 2015 Best of the West for Explanatory Reporting, Nathan Eagle and Bob Porterfield, “Pension Promises” series
- Second Place, 2015 Best of the West for General Interest Column Writing, Denby Fawcett, “A Pidgin Guide to the Fall of Abercrombie,” “For Reporters, Jihadist Wars More Dangerous Than Vietnam,” and “Domestic Violence in Hawaii“
- Third Place, 2015 Best of the West for Growth and Environmental Reporting, Anita Hofschneider and PF Bentley, “Promised Land” series
- Third Place, 2015 Best of the West for News Slideshow, PF Bentley, The Projector: Homeless in Waikiki photo slideshow
- First Prize Winner, The 2013 National Awards for Education Reporting, Beat Reporting, Small Newsroom, Alia Wong’s education coverage
- Second Prize Tie, The 2013 National Awards for Education Reporting, Single-Topic News or Feature, Small Newsroom, Alia Wong & PF Bentley’s series “Learning Hilo”
- Winner, 2013 Online Journalism Awards, Explanatory Reporting, Small, tie, Sophie Cocke’s series “The Ala Wai Canal: Hawaii’s Biggest Mistake?”
- Winner, 2013 Online Journalism Awards, The Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Small, Nick Grube and Patti Epler’s series “In The Name of the Law”
- Finalist, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Online Feature Reporting, Sophie Cocke, “Bones in Purgatory: 660 Skeletal Remains Languish in Church Basement”
- Winner, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Best Multimedia Presentation, Sophie Cocke, Joe Rubin and PF Bently, “Ala Wai Canal: Hawaii’s Biggest Mistake?”
- Winner, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Online Feature Reporting, Sophie Cocke, “Waikiki’s Venetian Nightmare: Natural Disasters in Paradise?”
- Finalist, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Government Reporting, Nathan Eagle & Nick Grube, “Hawaii’s Public Records” series
- Finalist, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Online Feature Reporting, Nathan Eagle, “Making Waves: Tommy Russo is ‘Fighting for Change’ on Maui”
- Winner, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Public Service Reporting, Nick Grube & Patti Epler, “In the Name of the Law” series
- Finalist, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Column Writing or Blog/News, Patti Epler, Patti Epler columns
- Finalist, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Editorial Cartoon/Illustration, John Pritchett, “I feel so Much Safer Now”
- Winner, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Investigative Reporting, Kery Murakami, Nathan Eagle and Adrienne LaFrance, “Living Hawaii: Why is the Price of Paradise So High?”
- Finalist, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for News Photography/Videography, PF Bentley, “Same Sex Marriage Special Session – Jubilation”
- Finalist, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Feature Photography/Videography, PF Bentley, “Hawaiian Language Immersion Program – Student wit Book”
- Finalist, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Online News Reporting, Alia Wong & PF Bentley, “Learning Hilo”
- Finalist, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Online News Reporting, Alia Wong, “Fo Teach Pidgin o Not Fo Teach Pidgin – Das Da Question”
- Finalist, 2013 SPJ Hawaii Chapter Award for Best Multimedia Presentation, Civil Beat Staff, “In the Name of the Law”
- Second Place, Growth and Environment Reporting, Best of the West 2012, Sophie Cocke’s series ”Up in the Air”
- Second Place, Breaking News Reporting, Best of the West 2012, Civil Beat staff, Japan tsunami threat coverage
- Third Place, Explanatory Reporting, Best of the West 2012, Michael Levine and John Temple’s series ”No Conflict”
- Third Place, Editorial Cartooning, Best of the West 2014, John Pritchett, “Healing Powers”, “I feel so Much Safer Now”
We recognize the significance of diacritical markings in written Hawaiian as pronunciation guides, but have opted not to use them on Civil Beat because they display inconsistently across various computer platforms and browsers.
For diacritically accurate Hawaiian spellings, consult these sources: Hawaiian Dictionary, Revised and Enlarged Edition, by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert (UH Press); Place Names of Hawaii, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel H. Elbert and Esther T. Mookini (UH Press).
These references can also be found online via the Hawaiian electronic library Ulukau.
www.CivilBeat.com was launched on May 4, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Technical information can be found on the Site Credits page.