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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.

Mazie Hirono Memoir To Be Published In April

Mazie Hirono Memoir To Be Published In April

It will chronicle her immigrant journey from Japan to Hawaii and all the way to the U.S. Senate.

Youth Correctional Facility Managers Receive Ethics Fines Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Youth Correctional Facility Managers Receive Ethics Fines

Mark Patterson and Darrell Bueno violated the state’s Fair Treatment Law.

Chad Blair: A New Conservative Voice Hopes To Persuade Islanders

Chad Blair: A New Conservative Voice Hopes To Persuade Islanders

Barefoot News Hawaii aims to fill an online media void and grow the local Republican Party.

Could Magic Mushrooms Be Permitted In Hawaii? Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Could Magic Mushrooms Be Permitted In Hawaii?

A bill before the Legislature would remove psilocybin from the federal register of Schedule I drugs.

Chad Blair: Are House Lawmakers Out To Get Josh Green? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Are House Lawmakers Out To Get Josh Green?

A bill from the speaker and majority leader would forbid lieutenant governors from holding side jobs.

Bill: Don’t Card People If Old Enough To Buy Booze Or Smoke City and County of Honolulu

Bill: Don’t Card People If Old Enough To Buy Booze Or Smoke

A measure at the Hawaii Legislature says it’s a matter of protecting privacy.

How About A Casino In Waikiki? There’s A Bill For That Flickr: Nick Amoscato

How About A Casino In Waikiki? There’s A Bill For That

The Hawaii Legislature has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on the idea.

A State Lottery For Hawaii? Lawmakers Are Thinking About It Flickr: Iain Watson

A State Lottery For Hawaii? Lawmakers Are Thinking About It

A hearing is set this week on a bill that proposes using revenue for public education.

Chad Blair: Is Scott Saiki The De Facto Governor Of Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Is Scott Saiki The De Facto Governor Of Hawaii?

The Hawaii House speaker has assumed an outsized role in the state’s response to the pandemic.