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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.

Candidates For Governor Hone Their Messages At Hilo Forum Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Candidates For Governor Hone Their Messages At Hilo Forum

At a time of upheaval on the Big Island, two Democrats and two Republicans talked about how to build a better future.

This Democratic Party Email Promoting Hanabusa Is Raising Eyebrows

This Democratic Party Email Promoting Hanabusa Is Raising Eyebrows

The party says it really didn’t mean to promote the gubernatorial candidate over her Democratic rivals, including Gov. David Ige.

Chad Blair: How I Spent My Summer Vacation Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Our columnist was in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines getting a crash course in fragile democracies and press freedom.  

Ad Watch: Ige And Hanabusa On What Makes Them Different Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ad Watch: Ige And Hanabusa On What Makes Them Different

The incumbent Hawaii governor boasts of delivering on a promise to put AC in classrooms, while the challenger touts her leadership chops.

Chad Blair: She’s Back! Hawaii’s Most Notorious Candidate Returns www.hawaiigovernor.com

Chad Blair: She’s Back! Hawaii’s Most Notorious Candidate Returns

Along with her friend “Jesus,” Angela Kaaihue is now vying for Andria Tupola’s Leeward Oahu seat.

Ed Case Prepares To Enter Hawaii Race For Congress Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Ed Case Prepares To Enter Hawaii Race For Congress

The former congressman pulled papers to run Monday, the day before the filing deadline.

Clayton Hee Withdraws From Hawaii Governor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Clayton Hee Withdraws From Hawaii Governor’s Race

UPDATED The former state senator will instead seek his former legislative seat or make another bid for lieutenant governor.

Hawaii’s Future Is At Stake, Hanabusa Tells State Democratic Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Future Is At Stake, Hanabusa Tells State Democratic Convention

On the event’s second and final day, delegates replace chairman Tim Vandeveer with Kealii Lopez.

Ige Takes Shots At Trump To Fire Up Audience At Democratic Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Takes Shots At Trump To Fire Up Audience At Democratic Convention

Facing an uphill battle for re-election, the governor repeatedly stated, “We can be proud as Democrats,” as two-day event began.

We’re Now Taking Comments On The Latest Civil Beat Poll Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

We’re Now Taking Comments On The Latest Civil Beat Poll

We’ve fired up the comments section for this special live chat with Civil Beat’s political writers about our latest poll results. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Voters Seem Ready For A Constitutional Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Voters Seem Ready For A Constitutional Convention

A solid majority of those surveyed support the idea of holding the first such event in 40 years.

Civil Beat Poll: Tulsi Gabbard Is Hawaii’s Most Popular Politician Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Tulsi Gabbard Is Hawaii’s Most Popular Politician

Only former President Obama gets higher marks than the Hawaii congresswoman.