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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.

Chin Says It’s ‘Premature’ For Trump To Claim Victory In Travel Ban Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chin Says It’s ‘Premature’ For Trump To Claim Victory In Travel Ban Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the ban can partially take effect for now, and agreed to hear arguments in the case this fall.

Chad Blair: Can Ige Turn Modesty Into A Campaign Asset?

Chad Blair: Can Ige Turn Modesty Into A Campaign Asset?

Hawaii’s governor, who partly blames poor communications for his dismal poll numbers, will have to speak up a lot more if he hopes to win re-election.

Hawaii Lawmakers Revive Push To Provide Medicaid for Micronesians Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Revive Push To Provide Medicaid for Micronesians

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, co-author of a Medicaid eligibility bill, says the country has a “moral obligation” to provide health care for Micronesian immigrants.

Hawaii Democrats Poised To Invite Rep. Fukumoto To The Party Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Poised To Invite Rep. Fukumoto To The Party

The former Republican minority leader may face a last-minute challenge from an ex-legislator who she has defeated three times.

Chad Blair: Why Staring At Cellphones In Crosswalks Should Be Illegal Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Why Staring At Cellphones In Crosswalks Should Be Illegal

A Honolulu City Council bill would fine people who don’t look up from their mobile devices when crossing the street.

Hawaii Leaders Say State Is Under ‘Attack’ With Loss Of Federal Funds Civil Beat

Hawaii Leaders Say State Is Under ‘Attack’ With Loss Of Federal Funds

The proposed reauthorization of a housing bill leaves out annual funding of up to $13 million for Native Hawaiians.

How Did Donovan Dela Cruz Just Become Hawaii’s Most Powerful Senator? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Did Donovan Dela Cruz Just Become Hawaii’s Most Powerful Senator?

The longtime pro-business, pro-rail lawmaker has a history of ethics concerns, backroom dealing and a volatile temperament.

Hawaii Taxpayers Are On The Hook For $18 Million To Settle Claims Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Taxpayers Are On The Hook For $18 Million To Settle Claims

Lawsuits filed by airport subcontractors for nonpayment represent $10 million of the total. Gov. David Ige approved the payouts last week.

Schatz: Trump’s ‘Cruel’ Budget Is ‘Dead On Arrival’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz: Trump’s ‘Cruel’ Budget Is ‘Dead On Arrival’

Hirono, Gabbard and Hanabusa are also trashing the president’s proposals that they say favor the rich over the most vulnerable.

Run, Tulsi, Run? Gabbard’s Name Pops Up As Presidential Contender Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Run, Tulsi, Run? Gabbard’s Name Pops Up As Presidential Contender

The Hawaii congresswoman is rejecting PAC money as interest in a possible national campaign picks up.

Hawaii Prof To White Guys: ‘Get Out Of The Way’ UH Manoa

Hawaii Prof To White Guys: ‘Get Out Of The Way’

UPDATED: An African-American female math professor makes a provocative point about the over-representation of white males in academia. UH president defends freedom of expression.

Mueller As Special Counsel Pleases Hawaii Delegation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mueller As Special Counsel Pleases Hawaii Delegation

Hirono says it’s “a victory for the American people who have demanded the truth about Russia’s goal to undermine our democracy.”