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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.

Chad Blair: A Trip Back To Hawaii Journalism In The ’60s

Chad Blair: A Trip Back To Hawaii Journalism In The ’60s

You can almost hear the typewriters clacking as you read this former Honolulu Advertiser reporter’s memoir.

Chad Blair: Why Would Anyone Want To Run For Congress? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Why Would Anyone Want To Run For Congress?

Maybe because it pays well, there are lots of perks and it’s possible — just possible — to do some good.

OHA Sues State, UH Over ‘Longstanding Mismanagement’ Of Mauna Kea ©Sin Ok -stock.adobe.com

OHA Sues State, UH Over ‘Longstanding Mismanagement’ Of Mauna Kea

Updated: The legal action follows a ruling allowing the Thirty Meter Telescope project to go forward on a mountain considered deeply sacred by many Native Hawaiians. 

This May Be The Election When We Stop Ignoring OHA Handout photos

This May Be The Election When We Stop Ignoring OHA

Two high-profile challengers will spice up the races for the embattled Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees.

Kauai Mayor Wants To Be Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kauai Mayor Wants To Be Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor

Stressing education and family issues, Bernard Carvalho Jr. joins a crowded field of candidates for the state’s No. 2 job.

High Court Rejects Media Complaint About Police Commission Secrecy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

High Court Rejects Media Complaint About Police Commission Secrecy

The legal challenge was made to ensure that the public has access to hearings for Honolulu cops who want taxpayer help.

Chad Blair: The Story Of Micronesians Fighting America’s Wars Island Soldier

Chad Blair: The Story Of Micronesians Fighting America’s Wars

The documentary “Island Soldier” has its local premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival Nov. 3 and 5.

Chad Blair: Doug Chin Sure Sounds Like He Might Run For Congress Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Doug Chin Sure Sounds Like He Might Run For Congress

The AG’s dominance of the headlines may be scaring off potential candidates for the seat being vacated by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

GOP Rep. Andria Tupola To Run For Hawaii Governor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

GOP Rep. Andria Tupola To Run For Hawaii Governor

The Hawaii House minority leader is expected to formally announce her candidacy in November.

Chad Blair: Pro-Rail Groups Spent $200K On Special Session Lobbying Blitz www.finishrailnow.com

Chad Blair: Pro-Rail Groups Spent $200K On Special Session Lobbying Blitz

Most of the money came from developers, laborers and contractors with a stake in the Honolulu rail project. 

Chad Blair: Why Is It So Hard To Find Police Commissioners? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Why Is It So Hard To Find Police Commissioners?

The Caldwell administration says people are turning down the offer but some commissioners say the mayor isn’t willing to fully open the selection process.

Chad Blair: Special Interests Spend Big On Their Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Special Interests Spend Big On Their Lobbyists

Ethics Commission reports provide some details about what Hawaii’s professional persuaders spend, and what they earn.