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Chad Blair

Chad Blair has been a writer, editor and teacher in Honolulu for more than 25 years. His job as reporter and editor 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.

Chad Blair: @OahuDemocrats Is A Must-Read For Politicos

Chad Blair: @OahuDemocrats Is A Must-Read For Politicos

Donald Koelper and the party’s Twitter feed aggressively take on Trump and the Republicans.

Chad Blair: Schatz On Wrong Side Of Vote To Debate Endless War Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Schatz On Wrong Side Of Vote To Debate Endless War

The Hawaii senator opposed legislation that could have led to halting military force not specifically authorized by Congress.

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Be More Like California? Flickr: Russ Sanderlin

Chad Blair: Should Hawaii Be More Like California?

The Golden State is at the vanguard of the Trump resistance and much more that the islands might aspire to — or not.

Chad Blair: Showering Hawaii Officials With Manapua Flickr: sese_87

Chad Blair: Showering Hawaii Officials With Manapua

Gifts to elected and appointed leaders include sticky notes valued at $1, PB&Js at up to $5, and trips to Taiwan worth $5,750.

Chad Blair: My Akamai Guide To The 2018 Elections

Chad Blair: My Akamai Guide To The 2018 Elections

Gov. David Ige faces a strong challenge, and several well-known politicians may battle each other for high-profile positions.

Rail Bailout Bill Becomes Law As Ige Signs $2.4 Billion Measure Gov. David Ige

Rail Bailout Bill Becomes Law As Ige Signs $2.4 Billion Measure

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell thanks lawmakers while the governor promises to work next session for a “fair distribution” to counties of hotel tax money.

Hawaii Delegates Call DACA Decision ‘Heartless, Inhumane’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Delegates Call DACA Decision ‘Heartless, Inhumane’

Hirono says Trump’s action is “the latest step this president has taken to attack minority communities” and stoke fear and divisiveness.

Lawmakers Strike Deal To Increase Hotel Tax, GET To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Strike Deal To Increase Hotel Tax, GET To Pay For Rail

State lawmakers also want to require an audit of the struggling rail project. Senate Ways and Means will hear the measure Monday.

Hirono Finds Her Mojo In The Era of Trump Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono Finds Her Mojo In The Era of Trump

Her outspoken opposition to Trump has put the Hawaii Democrat in the national limelight.

Former Hawaii AGs Want Trump To Denounce Hate Flickr: Martin

Former Hawaii AGs Want Trump To Denounce Hate

They join other past attorneys general nationwide in citing the example of a gutsy Alabama AG who once stood up to the Ku Klux Klan.

Why Hotels Will Likely Get Stuck With Honolulu Rail Tab Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hotels Will Likely Get Stuck With Honolulu Rail Tab

State lawmakers also want a thorough audit of the beleaguered project.

Hawaii DOE: Progress Made On Hiring More School Bus Drivers Ground Transport, Inc. website

Hawaii DOE: Progress Made On Hiring More School Bus Drivers

The shortage of qualified drivers on Maui and Kauai has left many students facing long waits for a ride to school.