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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.

127 Homeless People Died On Oahu Last Year, Up From 2018 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

127 Homeless People Died On Oahu Last Year, Up From 2018

The figure is also a 46% increase from just two years ago.

TSA: More Guns Being Brought To Airport Checkpoints TSA

TSA: More Guns Being Brought To Airport Checkpoints

Last year set a record with 4,432 firearms discovered in carry-on bags or on passengers.

US Senate Passes Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Civil Beat

US Senate Passes Save Our Seas 2.0 Act

Hirono and Schatz of Hawaii are co-sponsors of the bill intended to reduce plastic debris in oceans and along coastlines.

Amemiya Reports Nearly $1M In Mayoral Campaign Contributions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Amemiya Reports Nearly $1M In Mayoral Campaign Contributions

The total includes the $200,000 the businessman loaned himself in his first run for office.

Hawaii’s Pot Decriminalization Takes Effect Jan. 11 Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Pot Decriminalization Takes Effect Jan. 11

The possession of 3 grams or less of marijuana will be subject only to a $130 fine under the new law.

Chris Lee Leaving House Seat For State Senate Run Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chris Lee Leaving House Seat For State Senate Run

The lawmaker is seeking the Kailua to Hawaii Kai seat being vacated by Laura Thielen.

Schatz Supports Kaine’s War Powers Resolution

Schatz Supports Kaine’s War Powers Resolution

It’s intended to force debate and a vote in Congress to prevent escalation of hostilities with Iran

TV Executive Blangiardi Weighing Running For Honolulu Mayor Flickr: Bytemarks

TV Executive Blangiardi Weighing Running For Honolulu Mayor

The longtime general manager will leave his Hawaii News Now post Jan. 15.

State Auditor Suspends Review Of OHA LLCs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Auditor Suspends Review Of OHA LLCs

Les Kondo blames a decision by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees to withhold information. But two trustees say he is “playing politics.”

Waimea Native Forest Acquired For Conservation DLNR

Waimea Native Forest Acquired For Conservation

The 3,716 acres of mountain watershed on Oahu will be used for management and recreation.

Children’s Meals In Restaurants To Require Healthy Drinks Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Children’s Meals In Restaurants To Require Healthy Drinks

The new law, which goes into effect Wednesday, calls for default beverages such as milk or water.

City Launches Online Short-Term Rental Complaint Form

City Launches Online Short-Term Rental Complaint Form

It was mandated by a new law that Honolulu officials expect will increase violation notices.