Michael Levine is Civil Beat’s Washington D.C. bureau. He has been a reporter covering civic issues in Hawaii since 2008, when he became a staff writer for The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai. Before moving to Honolulu to become a reporter-host for Civil Beat, he was promoted to assistant news editor during a resurgent period in the paper’s storied 108-year run as Kauai’s primary local news source.
As a reporter, Mike focused on law, crime, politics, government, Hawaiian rights and land use issues, and instituted a “Sunshine on Kauai” initiative to bring greater transparency to local government through Freedom of Information Act requests.
Before joining The Garden Island, Mike supported his Kauai lifestyle by picking lettuce and acting as a tour guide. He also worked for Fodor’s to update the Kauai section of the 2010 Hawaii Guidebook and Kauai Guidebook 3rd Edition. Mike also has worked as a news desk editor and writer at NBA.com in New York.
Mike grew up in New Jersey and is a graduate of Lehigh (Penn.) University’s Department of Journalism and Communication, with a minor in material science and engineering.
You can follow Mike on Twitter at @mlevineCB.