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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.

Palace And Capitol: Hawaiian Event Bridges Two Worlds Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Palace And Capitol: Hawaiian Event Bridges Two Worlds

On the same day the ruling government reconvened its Legislature, thousands noted the anniversary of the former government’s overthrow.

Chin’s Opponents Pile On Criticism Of Candidate’s Campaign Manager Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chin’s Opponents Pile On Criticism Of Candidate’s Campaign Manager

Kaniela Ing will file an ethics complaint with the FEC, while Chin’s other foes for a congressional seat also criticized him.

Chad Blair: Is David Ige’s Political Nene Cooked? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Is David Ige’s Political Nene Cooked?

Opponents smell blood as Hawaii’s governor takes heat for the false nuclear missile alert.

Chin Tells Campaign Manager To ‘Get House In Order’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chin Tells Campaign Manager To ‘Get House In Order’

The attorney general rejects a congressional opponent’s call to fire Dylan Beesley.

Chad Blair: Hawaii Superferry’s Voyage Of The Damned Flickr: rust.bucket

Chad Blair: Hawaii Superferry’s Voyage Of The Damned

A ferry system will likely never float in our islands because the waters are just too rough.

Hanabusa Launches Campaign With Swipe At ‘Rudderless’ Ige Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Launches Campaign With Swipe At ‘Rudderless’ Ige

The Hawaii congresswoman says state government is “adrift” and needs a course correction.

Chin To Step Down As Hawaii AG In Run For Congress Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chin To Step Down As Hawaii AG In Run For Congress

The attorney general was pressured to resign by the person he hopes to succeed, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

Chad Blair: Why Colleen Hanabusa Can’t Sit Still Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Why Colleen Hanabusa Can’t Sit Still

The Hawaii congresswoman talks about ambition, office-hopping and her quest for the Hawaii governor’s office.

Chad Blair: Did Hawaii Really Try To Thwart CNN’s Homelessness Report? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Did Hawaii Really Try To Thwart CNN’s Homelessness Report?

The DLNR explains its reasons for not granting a permit for access to an encampment near the Waianae Boat Harbor.

Chad Blair: Micronesia Won’t Soon Break Its Addiction To US Dollars Flickr: LuxTonnerre

Chad Blair: Micronesia Won’t Soon Break Its Addiction To US Dollars

The economic prospects of most COFA nations are limited. But their military importance to the U.S. is growing.

California Approves Saito Extradition To Hawaii San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office

California Approves Saito Extradition To Hawaii

The Hawaii State Hospital patient escaped in November and flew to the mainland.

Learmont To Replace Oshiro In Hawaii State House

Learmont To Replace Oshiro In Hawaii State House

She is a former legislative aide to the former longtime lawmaker, who resigned to join the labor board.