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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 reach him by email at cblair@civilbeat.org or follow him on Twitter at @chadblairCB.

Civil Beat Poll: Tulsi Gabbard Is Hawaii’s Most Popular Politician Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Tulsi Gabbard Is Hawaii’s Most Popular Politician

Only former President Obama gets higher marks than the Hawaii congresswoman.

Chad Blair: Candidates For Congress Sound A Lot Alike In Dissing Trump Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Candidates For Congress Sound A Lot Alike In Dissing Trump

Nobody misstepped Wednesday, but nobody really stood out in the field of five candidates to be Hawaii’s new U.S. representative.

Civil Beat Poll: Kim Leads Chin In Race For Congress Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Kim Leads Chin In Race For Congress

Fukumoto and Ing show strength among younger voters, many of whom remain undecided.

SLIDESHOW: Hawaii Bids A Final Aloha To Sen. Daniel Akaka Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Hawaii Bids A Final Aloha To Sen. Daniel Akaka

Three services were held in Honolulu on Friday and Saturday in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka.

Chad Blair: Harry Kim Shouldn’t Get A Pass On Racist Comment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Harry Kim Shouldn’t Get A Pass On Racist Comment

The mayor of Hawaii County called an African-American federal employee “that colored guy in the back there.”

Chad Blair: Naked And Afraid In Hawaii Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Naked And Afraid In Hawaii

Nude beaches may be illegal in the state, but several exist and should be made safer for those who partake.

Banking On Trump, Hawaii GOP Says Its Future Looks Bright Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Banking On Trump, Hawaii GOP Says Its Future Looks Bright

At their state convention Saturday, the islands’ Republicans hear optimistic predictions about the midterm elections.

Chad Blair: The Most Progressive Legislative Session In A Long Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: The Most Progressive Legislative Session In A Long Time

From approving medical aid in dying to banning certain sunscreens and pesticide chemicals, legislators passed bills they only thought about in years past.

Pesticide Compromise Reached As Conference Committee Time Expires Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pesticide Compromise Reached As Conference Committee Time Expires

Measures on medical marijuana and all-mail voting are moving forward before the session wraps up next week.

Hawaii Lawmakers Want To Spend $30M On Legal Homeless Encampments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Want To Spend $30M On Legal Homeless Encampments

Three “ohana zones” would be built on Oahu, and one each on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.

Bill To Regulate Pesticide Use Coming Down To The Wire Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Regulate Pesticide Use Coming Down To The Wire

Facing a Friday deadline, Hawaii lawmakers struggle to reach agreement on the wide-ranging measure.

Bump Stock Ban Passes Hawaii Legislature In Wake Of Las Vegas Massacre Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bump Stock Ban Passes Hawaii Legislature In Wake Of Las Vegas Massacre

The state is poised to prohibit the manufacture, sale and ownership of devices used to increase firearms’ rate of fire.