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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.

‘A Deep Moral Crisis’: Commission Proposes ‘Bold’ Reforms In Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

‘A Deep Moral Crisis’: Commission Proposes ‘Bold’ Reforms In Government

Commission members urged the public to pay close attention to what the Hawaii Legislature does with the 31 proposals intended to combat corruption, ethical issues and more.

Chad Blair: The Hawaii Legislature’s New And (Mostly) Improved Website Screenshot/2022

Chad Blair: The Hawaii Legislature’s New And (Mostly) Improved Website

It has not been updated in over a decade, and there are still tech fixes to be worked through.

Chad Blair: Hate Crimes And Hate Groups In The Land Of Aloha Screenshot

Chad Blair: Hate Crimes And Hate Groups In The Land Of Aloha

As recent events attest, we are not immune from the wickedness of deranged bias and prejudice.

Chad Blair: The ‘Rainbow Wave’ Election Touches Hawaii’s Shores Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

Chad Blair: The ‘Rainbow Wave’ Election Touches Hawaii’s Shores

The local Democratic Party’s Stonewall Caucus is praising the results. But LGBT officials say they primarily intend to serve the diverse interests of their districts.

Lauren Cheape Matsumoto New Hawaii House Minority Leader Submitted

Lauren Cheape Matsumoto New Hawaii House Minority Leader

Kurt Fevella remains minority leader in the Senate, where the caucus has doubled in size.

Chad Blair: Why Do So Many Hawaii Voters Wait Until The Last Minute? Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2022

Chad Blair: Why Do So Many Hawaii Voters Wait Until The Last Minute?

Because they can. Still, the trend is for more of us to vote early, meaning election results will be released earlier, too.

Congress: Jill Tokuda To Be Hawaii’s Next US Representative David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Congress: Jill Tokuda To Be Hawaii’s Next US Representative

Rep. Ed Case and Sen. Brian Schatz easily won their respective reelections, with little push back from Republicans.

Chad Blair: Liz Cheney, Tulsi Gabbard And The Future Of America

Chad Blair: Liz Cheney, Tulsi Gabbard And The Future Of America

The congresswoman from Wyoming is headed into the political wilderness while the former congresswoman from Hawaii is a rising star — but on the right.

Another Vacancy Posted For Hawaii Supreme Court Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Another Vacancy Posted For Hawaii Supreme Court

It is the second associate justice position to become open this month due to mandatory retirement age rules.