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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.

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.”

How House Leaders Scuttled Better Pay For Foster Parents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How House Leaders Scuttled Better Pay For Foster Parents

House Speaker Scott Saiki said attorney fees were too high in a multi-million-dollar settlement of a lawsuit challenging foster care payment rates.

Mazie Hirono Diagnosed With Kidney Cancer Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mazie Hirono Diagnosed With Kidney Cancer

UPDATED: The U.S. senator from Hawaii says her illness will not deter her from seeking a second term next year.

Campaign Cash Flowed To Hawaii Lawmakers As Hot Topics Debated

Campaign Cash Flowed To Hawaii Lawmakers As Hot Topics Debated

Lawmakers may not have settled the rail tax issue, but they did hold a lot of fundraisers during the session.

OHA Gets An F Grade For Telling You How It Spends Your Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Gets An F Grade For Telling You How It Spends Your Money

The Native Hawaiian agency claims it’s becoming more open all the time, but a national study says otherwise.

Hirono: Comey Firing A ‘Disservice To The American People’ FBI

Hirono: Comey Firing A ‘Disservice To The American People’

Schatz declares that Trump’s dismissal of the FBI director is “a full-fledged constitutional crisis.”

Former Congressional Candidate Shirlene Ostrov Wants To Be GOP Chair Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Congressional Candidate Shirlene Ostrov Wants To Be GOP Chair

She’s running against state Rep. Andria Tupola and wants “to rebuild the party and offer voters a real choice.”

Who Won And Who Lost In A Legislative Session Marked By Failure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Who Won And Who Lost In A Legislative Session Marked By Failure

The session cost some legislative leaders their jobs and may have brightened the political futures of others.

Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Adjourn Without Deal To Pay For Rail

UPDATED: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell hopes for a special session, but the Legislature is done for now after a final day shake-up in leadership.