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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.

Anti-Trump Movement Urges Hawaii Politicians To Take A Stand Indivisible Hawaii

Anti-Trump Movement Urges Hawaii Politicians To Take A Stand

Members of a new hui called Indivisible Hawaii are letting the state’s congressional delegation know they are worried about the country.

Bill Would Require Recounts In Close Hawaii Elections Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

Bill Would Require Recounts In Close Hawaii Elections

The proposal would make recounts automatic if a race’s victory margin is less than 250 votes or less than 1 percent of votes cast.

Hawaii Lawmaker Accepted Junket From Turkish Opposition Group Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmaker Accepted Junket From Turkish Opposition Group

Sen. J. Kalani English is among 151 state legislators nationwide whose official travel has been tied to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Ceiling Tiles Fall At Hawaii Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ceiling Tiles Fall At Hawaii Capitol

Officials blame recent strong winds, but the tiles began to noticeably sag earlier this month.

Caldwell Vows ‘Laser-Like’ Focus on Affordable Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell Vows ‘Laser-Like’ Focus on Affordable Housing

The Honolulu mayor warns that Oahu could become a “de facto gated community.”

As Two Tax Bills Advance, Honolulu Rail Has Legislators’ Attention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Two Tax Bills Advance, Honolulu Rail Has Legislators’ Attention

Almost all options for saving the over-budget project are still on the table as the House and Senate consider extending the GET surcharge.

Minimum Wage Hike Clears Hawaii Senate Committee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Hike Clears Hawaii Senate Committee

Supporters call the current wage woefully inadequate in such an expensive state. Businesses argue $15 would be devastating.

Drivers May Face Higher Taxes, Fees To Maintain Highways Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Drivers May Face Higher Taxes, Fees To Maintain Highways

A bill to hike Hawaii’s fuel and vehicle weight taxes and registration fee stays afloat at the Legislature.

Measure To Stop Mayors From Moonlighting Shelved Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Measure To Stop Mayors From Moonlighting Shelved

But at least one former Honolulu mayor thinks holding a second job raises “substantive concerns about conflicts of interest.”

Big Changes In Store For Hawaii Public Radio

Big Changes In Store For Hawaii Public Radio

The National Public Radio affiliate plans a realignment of its news and music programming Tuesday.

Why Are Hawaii Judicial Nominees Mostly Men? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are Hawaii Judicial Nominees Mostly Men?

UPDATED: In part it’s because male attorneys outnumber female attorneys in the islands, and fewer women apply for judge jobs than men.

Hawaii Senate To Make Substantial Changes To Rail Tax Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate To Make Substantial Changes To Rail Tax Bill

A measure to extend Oahu’s tax surcharge and return the state’s skim to Honolulu could morph into a much broader piece of legislation.