Lorin Eleni Avendaño

Honolulu Civil Beat

Reporter Profile

Eleni is a multimedia reporter who was born and raised in Honolulu. As a business reporter at Pacific Business News, she covered health care, nonprofits and tourism, writing about the Affordable Care Act, alternative lodging and the controversy over the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii. She has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter. Eleni studied international relations and communications at American University and will complete her master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in May 2019.

Beat: Public health disparities among Native Hawaiians

Eleni covers disparities in health care outcomes and access to care among Native Hawaiians and other ethnic groups, low-income communities and residents of more remote areas.  She also spotlights solutions stories, looking at promising new innovations that address some of the state’s most urgent health care problems and that can be replicated across Hawaii. This beat includes several reporting trips to the neighbor islands, as well as coverage out of the Legislature on health care policy issues. Eleni is on Hawaii Public Radio and will appear at public events to discuss the work.