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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.

Who’s Behind This Increasingly Vocal Hawaii Group Opposing Covid-19 Mandates? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Who’s Behind This Increasingly Vocal Hawaii Group Opposing Covid-19 Mandates?

The grassroots Aloha Freedom Coalition says it is not affiliated with any political or religious views, but only wants to stand up for liberty.

Former HSTA President May Seek State Senate Seat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former HSTA President May Seek State Senate Seat

Corey Rosenlee is looking to run for the office currently held by Mike Gabbard.

Chad Blair: How Water In Hawaii Became A Matter Of Public Trust Bianca Isaki

Chad Blair: How Water In Hawaii Became A Matter Of Public Trust

A new book on legal fights in West Maui details the complicated but critical role of management of the precious resource.

Chad Blair: Why Would Anyone Want To Be Governor Of Hawaii? Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/ 2018

Chad Blair: Why Would Anyone Want To Be Governor Of Hawaii?

It’s a lot of work, much of it thankless, and everyone has an opinion about the gov — usually not flattering.

Vicky Cayetano Offers A ‘Humble Spirit’ In Run For Hawaii Governor Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Vicky Cayetano Offers A ‘Humble Spirit’ In Run For Hawaii Governor

The businesswoman says the state needs “fresh perspective” and “innovative ways of thinking” to recover from Covid.

Harris Meets With Hawaii Troops As Afghanistan Crisis Escalates Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Harris Meets With Hawaii Troops As Afghanistan Crisis Escalates

The vice president and her husband canceled public appearances on their way back from Asia.

Hawaii Tech Writer Selected For Facebook Journalism Initiative Ryan Ozawa

Hawaii Tech Writer Selected For Facebook Journalism Initiative

Ryan Ozawa is among 25 journalists joining the launch of a platform called Bulletin.

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Challenge As A ‘Dream Destination’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Challenge As A ‘Dream Destination’

A UH economist argues that our government has too often fallen short in handling the visitor industry.

Honolulu Fire Commission Still Stalled On Hiring New Chief Screenshot

Honolulu Fire Commission Still Stalled On Hiring New Chief

The two finalists were scheduled to address the panel but instead commissioners went into executive session.