Christina Jedra is a reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat. She covers local government in the City and County of Honolulu and public policy issues on Oahu including housing and homelessness. Previously, Christina was investigative reporter for The (Delaware) News Journal and DelawareOnline.com. Her investigation into a little-known Wilmington City Council fund revealed that the former council president used his position to direct over $600,000 in public money to nonprofits he founded. At least $15,000 of those funds went directly in his pocket. Changes to the lawand a state audit followed. The councilman was indicted and is currently fighting the charges of profiteering and official misconduct.
Through hundreds of public records requests and shoe-leather reporting, she's broken many other stories including... - Delaware's largest behavioral health provider was falsifying patient records to conceal inadequate, and sometimes nonexistent, treatment in a prison addiction treatment program, according to former employees and clients. The program is under investigation by the Delaware Department of Justice. - A construction training program funded by the Delaware Department of Labor misclassified workers and benefitted from unpaid work. The organization ended up paying $55,000 in penalties and back pay. - People accused of loitering and panhandling in Wilmington sometimes get no-contact orders that banish them from the entire city, a practice that experts say is ineffective and potentially unconstitutional. Officials have since moved to change the law.
Before that, she worked at The Baltimore Sun in an internship honoring Mary J. Corey, the first woman to lead the Sun newsroom. For the Sun, she profiled half of the 45 victims of Baltimore's deadliest month as part of an award-winning multimedia project.