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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.

Hirono’s Up For Re-Election Next Year But Schatz Has Twice The Cash U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono

Hirono’s Up For Re-Election Next Year But Schatz Has Twice The Cash

Campaign finance reports show Hawaii’s U.S. senators have far different totals on hand, but Hirono did raise $400,000 from April to June.

Gabbard Rakes In Far More Campaign Cash Than Hanabusa Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Rakes In Far More Campaign Cash Than Hanabusa

The latest federal campaign finance reports indicate very different strategies by Hawaii’s congresswomen, and reinforce the notion Hanabusa may run for governor.

National Poll Finds That David Ige Is One Of The Least Popular Governors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

National Poll Finds That David Ige Is One Of The Least Popular Governors

Hawaii’s chief executive had an approval rating below 50 percent in the survey, unlike most other governors.

Chad Blair: This Young Leader Is All Fired Up Courtesy of Jen Ruggles

Chad Blair: This Young Leader Is All Fired Up

Are Puna and Kau being discriminated against? Jen Ruggles thinks so, especially when it comes to basic human services.

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Senators Get Feisty With Tweets And Sound Bites Twitter

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Senators Get Feisty With Tweets And Sound Bites

Move over, Tulsi Gabbard: Other members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation are also getting national attention.

Hawaii Unlikely To Cooperate With Trump’s Voter Fraud Panel Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Unlikely To Cooperate With Trump’s Voter Fraud Panel

State law doesn’t allow for the sharing of personal information with the federal government.

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.