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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.

Ige Assures Caldwell Of Ala Wai Flood Control Financing Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Assures Caldwell Of Ala Wai Flood Control Financing Plan

The latest letter in the saga over canal flood control informs city leaders that at least some dollars have been committed to the project.

Ige Calls For Reconsideration Of Water Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Calls For Reconsideration Of Water Bill

The governor says passage of the stalled measure is in the public interest but critics called it an abuse of Ige’s position.

Two Ethics Reform Measures Clear House-Senate Conference Committee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Two Ethics Reform Measures Clear House-Senate Conference Committee

But a campaign finance measure is on hold after the Campaign Spending Commission complains that amendments would result in less transparency rather than more.

Chad Blair: Why, Tulsi, Why? Team Tulsi

Chad Blair: Why, Tulsi, Why?

Her fans cried, “Run, Tulsi, Run.” But now the Hawaii congresswoman’s presidential campaign is sputtering and the big question is why is she staying in the race?

Honolulu Mayor To Legislature: Let’s Partner On Fixing The Ala Wai Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor To Legislature: Let’s Partner On Fixing The Ala Wai

The federal government has allocated $345 million to control flooding of the canal, but key lawmakers have balked at approving $125 million in local matching funds.

Hawaii Loses Leading Civil Rights Advocate Joakim ‘Jojo’ Peter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Loses Leading Civil Rights Advocate Joakim ‘Jojo’ Peter

The native of Chuuk, Micronesia fought for social justice for Pacific Islanders in Hawaii and beyond.

Chad Blair: Inside The Legislature’s Backroom Brawl Over A Water Rights Bill Hawaii Farm Bureau

Chad Blair: Inside The Legislature’s Backroom Brawl Over A Water Rights Bill

Hawaii lawmakers are assessing whether there is support for reviving a bill allowing Alexander & Baldwin continued water access on Maui that was once declared dead.

Minimum Wage Increase Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Forward Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Increase Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Forward

But there was no action on a controversial measure — stymied for now — that would allow continued diversion of stream water.

Chad Blair: Possible Resurrection Of Water Bill Has Capitol Abuzz Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Possible Resurrection Of Water Bill Has Capitol Abuzz

Lawmakers supporting the measure to extend rights to divert stream water — including for Alexander & Baldwin — play hardball behind closed doors.

Ed Case’s ‘Talk Story’ Has Aged Well Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ed Case’s ‘Talk Story’ Has Aged Well

The Hawaii congressman perfected constituent forums when he was in office 10 years ago. Now he’s taking that show on the road again.

A&B Water Rights Bill May Have New Life Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A&B Water Rights Bill May Have New Life

UPDATED: There is talk that the Hawaii state Senate will vote on the controversial legislation as early as Tuesday.

Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’

The land company Alexander & Baldwin is among the big losers after senators can’t agree on a proposal to allow stream diversion to continue.