Civil Beat Staff

Chad Blair

Chad Blair

Chad Blair has been a writer, editor, and teacher in Honolulu for more than 20 years. His job as reporter is to cover Hawaii, especially how political decisions impact people and communities.

Chad has worked as a journalist for Pacific Business News, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Weekly. He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu Community College, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University of Honolulu.

A “military brat,” Chad was born on an Army base in Alabama and later lived with his family in Germany, Illinois, Nebraska and Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where he edited the school newspaper. He also minored in Spanish and studied for a semester in Mexico.

Chad worked for a year on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, where he tracked satellites for the U.S. Air Force/NORAD. He then earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American studies from UH Manoa. His dissertation, “Democracy in Hawaii: Class, Race and Gender in Local Politics” (1996), was published as “Money, Color and Sex in Hawaii Politics” (Mutual Publishing; 1998).

You can follow Chad on Twitter at @chadblairCB.

Money Talks To Lawmakers During Legislative Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Money Talks To Lawmakers During Legislative Session

Numerous legislators continue to hold campaign fundraisers at the same time they’re making decisions on their benefactors’ issues.

Hirono Will Oppose Gorsuch Nomination To High Court Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hirono Will Oppose Gorsuch Nomination To High Court

After examining his judicial record, the Hawaii senator concludes Trump’s pick is “only a justice for some,” not all.

Hawaii Dems Take Victory Lap Over Demise Of ‘TrumpCare’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Dems Take Victory Lap Over Demise Of ‘TrumpCare’

“This victory is proof that TrumpCare was never on the level,” said Sen. Brian Schatz.

House Restores Honolulu Rail Tax — For Now Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

House Restores Honolulu Rail Tax — For Now

But Senate Bill 1183 faces a high hurdle in making it past the House Finance Committee.

Hawaii Republican Quits Party After Criticizing Trump Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Republican Quits Party After Criticizing Trump

State Rep. Beth Fukumoto will seek to join Democrats because she says she no longer has much in common with the GOP.

Lawmaker Blows Smoke At Teen Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmaker Blows Smoke At Teen Lobbyists

Supporters, including many teens, are upset that a key lawmaker won’t even meet with them to talk about the legislation.

Gabbard: Decriminalize Marijuana At The Federal Level C-SPAN

Gabbard: Decriminalize Marijuana At The Federal Level

The Hawaii congresswoman says “outdated policies on marijuana are having devastating ripple effects on individuals and communities across the country.”

Hirono: Gorsuch Has Pattern Of Ignoring ‘The Little Guy’ U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono

Hirono: Gorsuch Has Pattern Of Ignoring ‘The Little Guy’

The Hawaii senator told the Supreme Court nominee, “For me, this hearing is about the people in this country who are getting screwed every single second, minute, and hour of the day.”

Hawaii House Sends ‘Prudent’ State Budget To Senate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Sends ‘Prudent’ State Budget To Senate

A flat revenue stream means lawmakers had to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the governor’s initial proposal.

Help Wanted: Panels On Ethics, Campaigns Need Volunteers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Help Wanted: Panels On Ethics, Campaigns Need Volunteers

Hawaii’s Judicial Council has extended for a second time this year the deadline to apply to be a board commissioner.

Hawaii Delegates: ‘Trumpcare’ A Bad Deal For Americans U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz

Hawaii Delegates: ‘Trumpcare’ A Bad Deal For Americans

Sen. Schatz calls the proposed GOP replacement for Obamacare “one of the worst pieces of legislation I’ve seen in decades.”

McKelvey Booted From Chairmanship In Rare Mid-Session Shake-Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

McKelvey Booted From Chairmanship In Rare Mid-Session Shake-Up

After hours of closed-door wrangling, three House chairmanships are changed in a move opposed by at least nine lawmakers.