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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.

In New TV Ad, Amemiya Compares Blangiardi To Trump

In New TV Ad, Amemiya Compares Blangiardi To Trump

The candidate also embraces the Democratic Party of Hawaii and buys more airtime than his mayoral opponent.

Survey: Hawaii Residents Give State Low Marks For COVID Response

Survey: Hawaii Residents Give State Low Marks For COVID Response

They are also wary of reopening to tourism even as they struggle to make ends meet and fear the pandemic’s long-term impact.

Hawaii Mourns The Death Of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Mourns The Death Of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Gov. Ige orders flags lowered to half-staff to honor the late associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who died Friday at age 87.

New Directors Named For Hawaii’s Labor Department Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Directors Named For Hawaii’s Labor Department

Scott Murakami left the pandemic-beleaguered agency earlier this year.

Chad Blair: How One Maui Resident Is Working To Help Ballots Arrive In Time

Chad Blair: How One Maui Resident Is Working To Help Ballots Arrive In Time

The #LeaveRoomForBallots campaign urges folks to mail their ballot in early and to minimize postal service in October.

Term Limits Proposed For Offices In 3 Counties Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Term Limits Proposed For Offices In 3 Counties

Voters this fall will be asked about putting a cap on terms for the Honolulu prosecutor, the Maui County Council and mayor, and the Hawaii County Council.

DOH Closes, Fines Illegal Adult Care Home Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOH Closes, Fines Illegal Adult Care Home

The Grateful ARCH in Honolulu must pay $249,000.

Chad Blair: Can David Ige Be Impeached?

Chad Blair: Can David Ige Be Impeached?

Many folks are angry at Hawaii’s governor over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But booting him from office is not that easy.

Luxury Yacht Owner Fined $100K For Coral Damage DLNR

Luxury Yacht Owner Fined $100K For Coral Damage

An anchor was dropped in Kailua Bay on the Big Island.