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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.

Senators Introduce House-Passed Violence Against Women Act

Senators Introduce House-Passed Violence Against Women Act

Hirono and Schatz of Hawaii are backers of Dianne Feinstein’s bill.

Survey: Hawaii’s Roads Third Worst To Drive PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Survey: Hawaii’s Roads Third Worst To Drive

Only South Carolina and Louisiana scored worse than the Aloha State.

White Nationalists Try To Claim Aloha Spirit As Their Own

White Nationalists Try To Claim Aloha Spirit As Their Own

David Duke endorsed an ultra-right radio show on social media with the caption “the aloha spirit will set you free.”

Chad Blair: Is SpongeBob SquarePants More Than Just Nautical Nonsense? Flickr: Owen Prior

Chad Blair: Is SpongeBob SquarePants More Than Just Nautical Nonsense?

Personally, I think it’s just a cartoon. But a research paper connects Bikini Bottom to the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests.

Sen. Laura Thielen Won’t Seek Re-Election To Hawaii Senate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sen. Laura Thielen Won’t Seek Re-Election To Hawaii Senate

Thielen said, “I’m going to end my time as a legislator, and get back to the doing.”

Gabbard Qualifies For November DNC Debates Flickr: Tamaki Sono

Gabbard Qualifies For November DNC Debates

She has yet to meet the criteria for December, however.

Bleaching Of Hawaii Reefs Less Severe Than Predicted Dan Dennison

Bleaching Of Hawaii Reefs Less Severe Than Predicted

But the islands clearly suffered from warmer ocean temperatures.

Space Control Squadron Approved For Barking Sands Polihale/Wikimedia Commons

Space Control Squadron Approved For Barking Sands

The Air Force will create a high-tech unit to monitor U.S. satellites to support national security.

Pali Highway Work To Continue Into December

Pali Highway Work To Continue Into December

The good news is that drive times will be extended beginning Monday.

Chad Blair: Handicapping Hawaii’s CD2 Election Honolulu Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Handicapping Hawaii’s CD2 Election

Possible candidates include many of the usual suspects, but these are highly unusual times.

Honolulu Zoo Welcomes South African Cheetahs Courtesy

Honolulu Zoo Welcomes South African Cheetahs

With a nod to Harry Potter, say hello to Fawkes, Nagini and Pickett.

Schatz Staffer Tied To Fossil Fuel Investments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz Staffer Tied To Fossil Fuel Investments

His chief of staff lists stock owned by his spouse valued at up to $445,000.