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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.

It’s Biden Vs. Harris — And Gabbard — In CNN Debate’s 2nd Night Flickr: Gage Skidmore

It’s Biden Vs. Harris — And Gabbard — In CNN Debate’s 2nd Night

Sanders will face Warren and Buttigieg in the first round of the DNC forum, which is in Detroit.

EPA Won’t Ban Pesticide Already Banned In Hawaii Flickr.com

EPA Won’t Ban Pesticide Already Banned In Hawaii

Chlorpyrifos has been linked to health problems for children.

Guess Who Is The Most Unpopular US Senator? Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Guess Who Is The Most Unpopular US Senator?

It’s Mitch McConnell, says a new survey. Brian Schatz of Hawaii favors better.

Rep. Gabbard Skips More Major Votes In US House Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rep. Gabbard Skips More Major Votes In US House

Democrats killed Trump impeachment, blocked Saudi arm sales and held two cabinet members in contempt.

Study: Marshall Islands 10 Times More ‘Radioactive’ Than Chernobyl

Study: Marshall Islands 10 Times More ‘Radioactive’ Than Chernobyl

New research focuses on the northern atolls of Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap and Utirik.

House Votes To Condemn Trump Over ‘Racist’ Comments Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

House Votes To Condemn Trump Over ‘Racist’ Comments

Case and Gabbard of Hawaii join all Democrats in the mostly party-line vote.

Gabbard Has Missed Nearly A Quarter Of House Votes This Year Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Gabbard Has Missed Nearly A Quarter Of House Votes This Year

Those include votes on Friday to fund national defense, curb Trump on Iran and compensate 9/11 victims.

Maui Mayor: Both Wildfires 100% Contained KITV

Maui Mayor: Both Wildfires 100% Contained

Firefighters will continue mop-up work until the fires are declared extinguished.

Kahele Gets Anderson’s Backing In Congressional Bid Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kahele Gets Anderson’s Backing In Congressional Bid

The Honolulu City Council chairman has endorsed the state senator challenging Tulsi Gabbard.

Super PACS Spent $175K In City Council Rematch Courtesy of the candidates

Super PACS Spent $175K In City Council Rematch

The money was used to oppose Trevor Ozawa and support Tommy Waters.

Abigail Kawananakoa’s Spouse Changes Her Last Name Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Abigail Kawananakoa’s Spouse Changes Her Last Name

Veronica Gail Worth is now Veronica Gail Kawananakoa.

Hirono ‘Appalled’ By Conditions At The Border Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hirono ‘Appalled’ By Conditions At The Border

The Hawaii senator choked up recalling photos of a dead father and daughter.