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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: Do Aloha Shirts Win Campaigns In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Do Aloha Shirts Win Campaigns In Hawaii?

From Sig Zane to Hawaiian Force, Reyn Spooner to Rix, it’s the rare local leader who won’t wear aloha wear. They say it brings them luck.

Chad Blair: On The Day After, Democratic Dominance On Display Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: On The Day After, Democratic Dominance On Display

As always, winners and losers came together in the same room just hours after the primary for the biennial Unity Breakfast.

OHA Candidates Headed To General Election Runoff Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Candidates Headed To General Election Runoff

Kalei Akaka and Esther Kia‘aina will face off for the Oahu trustee seat while three incumbents advance with three challengers to November.

Take The Civil Beat 2018 Primary Election Quiz Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Take The Civil Beat 2018 Primary Election Quiz

Think you’re a political whiz? Test your knowledge of top candidates running for office in Hawaii.

Chad Blair: You’d Be Surprised Which Candidates Favor Legalizing Pot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: You’d Be Surprised Which Candidates Favor Legalizing Pot

A survey sent to almost everyone on the Hawaii primary ballot found 98 who support legalization and only 30 who oppose it.

Ad Watch: Governor, LG Wannabes Hone Their TV Pitches

Ad Watch: Governor, LG Wannabes Hone Their TV Pitches

The leading Democratic candidates sometimes shine in a series of mostly positive campaign commercials.

Chad Blair: Did David Ige Tell Colleen Hanabusa To ‘Sit Down And Shut Up’?

Chad Blair: Did David Ige Tell Colleen Hanabusa To ‘Sit Down And Shut Up’?

Hanabusa supporters are blasting the governor for challenging Hanabusa’s repeated criticism of him, saying it’s really a dis on women.

Ad Watch: Hawaii Governor’s Race Switches Into Attack Mode

Ad Watch: Hawaii Governor’s Race Switches Into Attack Mode

A large construction union is behind an effective ad attacking Gov. David Ige’s response to the false missile alert.

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.