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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 reach him by email at cblair@civilbeat.org or follow him on Twitter at @chadblairCB.

Chad Blair: Honolulu Appears Overrun With Teslas. That’s Good News For EVs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Chad Blair: Honolulu Appears Overrun With Teslas. That’s Good News For EVs

Elon Musk’s electric vehicle, while not quite ubiquitous, is tops for market share among local luxury cars.

Chad Blair: ‘A Pandemic For The Unvaccinated’ Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Chad Blair: ‘A Pandemic For The Unvaccinated’

It seemed Hawaii had turned the corner on the coronavirus. Could things actually get worse?

Chad Blair: Honolulu Was Already Transformed By Tourism In 1969 Thomas Nebbia/National Geographic

Chad Blair: Honolulu Was Already Transformed By Tourism In 1969

National Geographic’s profile of Hawaii’s capital city 10 years after statehood was a preview of things to come.

Jill Biden To Visit Vaccine Clinic In Waipahu Sunday Courtesy: Office of the First Lady

Jill Biden To Visit Vaccine Clinic In Waipahu Sunday

The first lady will travel to Honolulu on her return from the Tokyo Olympics.

Disabled Kailua Tenants Say New Parking Rule ‘Makes Things Tough’ For Them Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Disabled Kailua Tenants Say New Parking Rule ‘Makes Things Tough’ For Them

A new law passed by the Legislature two years ago forbids the use of disability placards to park in metered stalls.

Chad Blair: A 30-Year-Old Rant On Hawaii Tourism Still Rings True Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Chad Blair: A 30-Year-Old Rant On Hawaii Tourism Still Rings True

The late Haunani-Kay Trask argued that the state’s top industry is a state-sanctioned prostitution ring.

Former Hawaii Lawmaker Bob Nakata Dies At 80 Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Former Hawaii Lawmaker Bob Nakata Dies At 80

The Oahu pastor was also a community organizer well known for his advocacy of affordable housing.

Ige Nominates Canto To Fill Land Board Vacancy

Ige Nominates Canto To Fill Land Board Vacancy

The BLNR position requires Hawaii Senate approval but she can begin serving immediately.

How High Will Hawaii Gas Prices Climb? Chad Blair/Civil Beat/2021

How High Will Hawaii Gas Prices Climb?

AAA forecasts an increase nationally by as much as 20 cents by August.