Ben Nishimoto

director of philanthropy Honolulu Civil Beat

Ben Nishimoto is the Director of Philanthropy for Honolulu Civil Beat, responsible for communicating the impact of local nonprofit journalism to prospective individual, foundation and business supporters.

Prior to Civil Beat, Ben was the Vice President of Advancement at PBS Hawaii, where he played a leadership role in the station’s capital campaign while also overseeing annual fund strategies.

Born and raised in Aiea, Ben graduated from the University Laboratory School, a public charter school in Manoa. He majored in political science at Occidental College in Los Angeles, then came home to work for PBS Hawaii as a grant writer, helping establish HIKI NO, a statewide student news network.

Ben believes strongly that journalism can thrive as a public good supported by people and communities who value information without agenda or bias. A news junkie, Ben is thrilled to work in a newsroom and among journalists dedicated to making Hawaii — his home — a better place to live.

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