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Hawaii Investigates with Matt Levi: A New Series

First show takes viewers behind the walls of Hawai`i’s Youth Prison

Airs this Thursday on KGMB 6:30 pm

“Twenty-six years ago, I took the first cameras into the youth prison and interviewed teenage offenders confined there,” explains Levi. “ I wanted to know, has the system changed since then? Is money spent on youth corrections being spent wisely?” Levi tracked down former inmates, who are now in their forties. They agreed to be interviewed. We’ll see whether they have changed, and what they want to tell today’s young people about which path to follow.

Honolulu, Hawai`i– April 11, 2010. A new television series produced by Hawaii Reporter will air on KGMB/KHNL. The series is called Hawaii Investigates and stars former KGMB reporter Matt Levi. The first half hour show airs on KGMB on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. and the second show airs the next night, April 15, on KHNL at the same time.

Matt Levi has been a private detective in Hawai`i for almost 25 years, following a career as an investigative reporter on Hawai`i television. He will be hosting Hawai`i’s newest locally produced TV series produced by Hawaii Reporter.

The show is uplifting and thought provoking and focuses on Hawaii’s youth. Newly Appointed Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna is a key interview. The first show takes viewers behind the walls of Hawai`i’s youth prison- the Hawai`i Youth Correctional Facility. It is the last stop in the Hawai`i juvenile justice system and was declared in a state of “chaos” by the federal government just a few years ago.

Levi speaks to administrators, staff, and the young inmates themselves.

“Hawaii Reporter wants to facilitate local in depth reporting with this investigative series,” says Malia Zimmerman, Hawaii Reporter founder and show producer. “Because of his experience and professional background, there is no one better than Matt Levi to take the lead on this new show. We hope that the business community will support this kind of news program with their advertising and sponsorship, because this is just one of so many important stories about Hawaii that should be told.”

Matt Levi has been a private detective in Hawai`i for almost 25 years, following a career as an investigative reporter on Hawai`i television. He has continued to do documentary programs since leaving full time television, including the first in-depth examination of Hawai`i’s crystal meth epidemic. Levi also works for Hawai`i’s Juvenile Drug Court, counseling teenage offenders.

Hawaii Reporter is an award-winning, independent, online news journal launched covering key business, government, political and educational stories in Hawaii.

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