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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.

Illinois Becomes 11th State To Legalize Pot Flickr: Heath Alseike

Illinois Becomes 11th State To Legalize Pot

The action comes as Hawaii is poised to decriminalization marijuana possession.

Names Of 7 Oahu Plane Crash Victims Released Courtesy of KITV

Names Of 7 Oahu Plane Crash Victims Released

Eleven people total died in the Dillingham Airfield incident Friday.

Honolulu Hale Lit Up In Rainbow Colors

Honolulu Hale Lit Up In Rainbow Colors

It’s in recognition of Pride Month and the Stonewall riots.

Report: Trump Vetted Gabbard For Administration Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Trump Vetted Gabbard For Administration Job

The newsite Axios reported that a background check was conducted on the Hawaii congresswoman.

Hawaii Joins States Blocking T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Joins States Blocking T-Mobile, Sprint Merger

A multi-state lawsuit argues that the proposed union would increase costs for cell phone services.

Forbes: Hawaii’s Best Employer Is Hawaiian Airlines Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Forbes: Hawaii’s Best Employer Is Hawaiian Airlines

A market research company surveyed 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees.

Ige: Construction Of TMT On Mauna Kea Can Begin Office of the Governor

Ige: Construction Of TMT On Mauna Kea Can Begin

The Hawaii governor issued a “notice to proceed” on the giant telescope even as one protester is arrested.

NYT: Reps. Case, Gabbard Mum On Impeachment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

NYT: Reps. Case, Gabbard Mum On Impeachment

More than 70 House Democrats and one Republican now support an inquiry into Trump.

Chad Blair: Today Is Not The Day For Tulsi Gabbard’s Political Memoir

Chad Blair: Today Is Not The Day For Tulsi Gabbard’s Political Memoir

Publication of the book appears to have been pushed back to May of 2021, long after the presidential election.

New Ruling In Maui Water Case Still Doesn’t Resolve Old Dispute Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Ruling In Maui Water Case Still Doesn’t Resolve Old Dispute

The state appellate court has asked a lower court to answer key questions.

Sailboat Salvaged, Magic Island Lagoon Reopened Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sailboat Salvaged, Magic Island Lagoon Reopened

The popular recreation spot had been closed for several days after a vessel ran aground.

Schatz Invites Silenced Climate Analyst To Testify Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz Invites Silenced Climate Analyst To Testify

The State Department official’s testimony to Congress is reported to have been blocked by the White House.