Civil Beat Staff

Suevon Lee

Suevon Lee joined Honolulu Civil Beat as a reporter in June 2017.

She was previously based in Los Angeles, where she wrote for legal news wire Law360. She also served as editor-in-chief of former print culture magazine, KoreAm Journal.

She has also worked in New York, where she was a reporting intern for ProPublica and editor/reporter for an affiliate publication of the New York Law Journal. She has also spent time in Florida, covering courts for the Ocala Star-Banner.

Originally from the D.C. suburbs, Suevon graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English. She holds a masters from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a master of studies in law from Yale Law School.

You can reach Suevon via email slee@civilbeat.org or follow on twitter at @suevlee

The Crusade To Keep Hawaii Kids Fed This Summer Courtesy of Hawaii Literacy

The Crusade To Keep Hawaii Kids Fed This Summer

While the Department of Education provides meals on summer school campuses, other efforts are afoot to deliver food to nonschool venues.

Vog From Kilauea Increases The Need For Classroom Air Conditioning Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Vog From Kilauea Increases The Need For Classroom Air Conditioning

The last weeks of the school year were hard on some Big Island schools, and there’s concern about what’ll happen when they reopen Aug. 6.

Eruption Threatens Future Of Some Big Island Charter Schools USGS

Eruption Threatens Future Of Some Big Island Charter Schools

The ongoing volcanic lava flow is raising many issues for students and their families.

A Gathering Of Exceptional Students Where Grades Take A Back Seat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Gathering Of Exceptional Students Where Grades Take A Back Seat

Islander Scholars aren’t necessarily the highest academic achievers. They’re just good kids who define strong character.

Innovation Pays Off For These Hawaii Schools Hawaii Department of Education

Innovation Pays Off For These Hawaii Schools

About $1 million in state and federal funds were awarded to 13 public schools for creative projects to boost student learning and involvement.

Study: Hawaii Lacks Sufficient High-Quality Child Care Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Study: Hawaii Lacks Sufficient High-Quality Child Care

The shortage is widespread across the state, but especially in rural areas.

Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Gabbard Opponent For Congress Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Gabbard Opponent For Congress

UPDATED: In its endorsement of challenger Sherry Campagna, the union sharply criticized Gabbard’s human rights record because of her stance on Syria.

School Board: Schools ‘Heading In The Right Direction’ Under New Leader Cory Lum/Civil Beat

School Board: Schools ‘Heading In The Right Direction’ Under New Leader

Nearly a year into the job, Superintendent Christina Kishimoto received mainly top ratings in her year-end evaluation.

This Marshallese Tutor Is A ‘Connection To Home’ For Students Charlie Kaijo/Civil Beat

This Marshallese Tutor Is A ‘Connection To Home’ For Students

Chris Timos helps kids straddle both Pacific Island and American cultures as they adjust to school in this small Arkansas town.

An Arkansas School District Goes All-In Welcoming Marshallese Students Charlie Kaijo/Civil Beat

An Arkansas School District Goes All-In Welcoming Marshallese Students

Local schools are betting that building strong relationships with students and families can pave the way for academic success.

How Hawaii Schools Are Building Bridges To Micronesian Students Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii Schools Are Building Bridges To Micronesian Students

As enrollment expands, schools and community groups are trying new ways to close cultural and academic gaps.

Legislature Approves Bill To Protect Against Sex-Based Discrimination Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Approves Bill To Protect Against Sex-Based Discrimination

The measure was weakened in conference committee, but supporters say it’s an important first step.