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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.

Chad Blair: Advocates Again Pushing For Automatic Voter Registration Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Advocates Again Pushing For Automatic Voter Registration

Past proposals have perished at the Hawaii Legislature, but the success of mail-in voting suggests a favorable sea change.

Honolulu Mayor-Elect Blangiardi Announces Key Appointments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor-Elect Blangiardi Announces Key Appointments

They include Laura Thielen for Parks and Recreation and Dean Uchida for Planning and Permitting.

Big Island Democrats Select 3 For Senate Vacancy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Island Democrats Select 3 For Senate Vacancy

Gov. Ige will now choose the replacement for Kai Kahele.

Seven Democrats Apply To Replace Kahele At Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Seven Democrats Apply To Replace Kahele At Legislature

They include Big Island such notables as Chris Todd, Wil Okabe, Amy Kalili and “Fresh” Onishi.

Chad Blair: A Casino In Kapolei? Don’t Hold Your Breath Flickr: Liji Jinaraj

Chad Blair: A Casino In Kapolei? Don’t Hold Your Breath

A DHHL proposal to build a casino in Kapolei has folks again talking up the idea of legalized gaming in the islands.

Kai Kahele Resigns From Hawaii State Senate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kai Kahele Resigns From Hawaii State Senate

Gov. Ige will select a replacement for the congressman-elect.

Diamond Head Monument To Reopen To Visitors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Diamond Head Monument To Reopen To Visitors

The popular state attraction has been closed for nine months due to COVID-19.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Gov. David Ige Screenshot

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Gov. David Ige

Hawaii’s chief executive answers questions ranging from the state budget crisis to how he is coping with leading the state through a very tough time.

Tulsi Gabbard’s Anti-Transgender Bill Sparks Backlash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard’s Anti-Transgender Bill Sparks Backlash

The legislation would prevent people deemed males at birth from participating in women’s sports.