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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.

Hirono Has $1 Million On Hand For Likely Senate Re-election Bid John Hook/Civil Beat

Hirono Has $1 Million On Hand For Likely Senate Re-election Bid

Sen. Brian Schatz, whose term is not up until 2022, has $2.2 million in campaign cash, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Hawaii Senate To Propose 10-Year Extension On Rail Tax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate To Propose 10-Year Extension On Rail Tax

But Honolulu would receive a smaller share of the surcharge while some money goes to the state highway fund. Will the House go for it?

Attorney General Sessions’ Criticism Of Hawaii Judge Draws Fire Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Attorney General Sessions’ Criticism Of Hawaii Judge Draws Fire

Hirono, Schatz are among those denouncing the attorney general’s remarks about “a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific.”

Hawaii Legislators Make Headway On State Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislators Make Headway On State Budget

But differences in funding priorities remain, as do hot-button bills on paying for rail and education.

Campaign Cash Flowing To Hawaii’s Congresswomen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Campaign Cash Flowing To Hawaii’s Congresswomen

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has amassed $2 million, while Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has about an eighth of that.

Why Tom Gorak’s Appointment To The PUC May Be In Trouble Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Tom Gorak’s Appointment To The PUC May Be In Trouble

As the legislative session nears its end, a committee hearing has not been scheduled on the nomination.

Hawaii Film About Transgender Woman Is At Center Of Federal Debate "Kumu Hina" (2014)

Hawaii Film About Transgender Woman Is At Center Of Federal Debate

Trump wants to eliminate money for public broadcasting, and support for “Kumu Hina” is cited as one reason for the budget cut.

House Legislators Clash Over Bill To Trim Judges’ Pensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Legislators Clash Over Bill To Trim Judges’ Pensions

Meanwhile, bills advanced to fund Honolulu rail, clarify control over roads and make it easier to treat mentally ill patients against their will.

AG: Hawaii Senate Improperly Withheld Testimony From Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat

AG: Hawaii Senate Improperly Withheld Testimony From Public

An attorney general opinion says legislators cannot censor public testimony about proposed bills. But they did just that.

Is OHA’s CEO Keeping Ties To Companies Secret From Ethics Panel? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Is OHA’s CEO Keeping Ties To Companies Secret From Ethics Panel?

A descendant of Hawaiian royalty files a complaint against Kamana’opono Crabbe with the state Ethics Commission.

Why Hawaii Still Won’t Require Disclosures Of Pesticide Use Flickr: CGP Grey

Why Hawaii Still Won’t Require Disclosures Of Pesticide Use

A measure to implement the recommendations of a state-sponsored study group met with “too much opposition,” one lawmaker said.

Mixed Reaction From Hawaii Delegates Over Syria Attacks Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mixed Reaction From Hawaii Delegates Over Syria Attacks

Gabbard says Trump administration “acted recklessly,” Hanabusa calls it a “targeted and measured response,” Schatz says it “risks deeper escalation” while Hirono wants “a coherent strategy.”