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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.

Decision On Roe V. Wade Will Not End Abortion Rights In Hawaii Courtesy: Ku'ualoha Ho'omanawanui/2021

Decision On Roe V. Wade Will Not End Abortion Rights In Hawaii

But the high court’s ruling alters the national landscape regarding privacy laws and puts contraception and same-sex marriage laws at risk in other states.

HPU Scholarship Honors Former Gov. Linda Lingle Courtesy

HPU Scholarship Honors Former Gov. Linda Lingle

It’s for students that show potential to become “exceptional leaders.”

Chad Blair: 4 Top Dems Are In A Close Race For Hawaii Lt. Gov. Chad Blair/Civil Beat/2022

Chad Blair: 4 Top Dems Are In A Close Race For Hawaii Lt. Gov.

The four — Keith Amemiya, Ikaika Anderson, Sylvia Luke and Sherry Menor-McNamara — made some interesting points at their first live appearance together.

KITV Establishes Robert Kekaula Fellowship Screenshot/2022

KITV Establishes Robert Kekaula Fellowship

It comes in recognition of the late journalist’s contributions to the community and broadcasting.

Hu Honua Lobbyist Hosted Fundraiser For Senators Who Were Key To Energy Bill

Hu Honua Lobbyist Hosted Fundraiser For Senators Who Were Key To Energy Bill

The event benefited Hawaii Sens. Donovan Dela Cruz, Glenn Wakai, Michelle Kidani and Bennette Misalucha, who all voted in favor of the controversial bill.

Chad Blair: How Schatz Uses Tweets To Speak Out Screenshot

Chad Blair: How Schatz Uses Tweets To Speak Out

The Hawaii Democrat is increasingly and unabashedly partisan on the ubiquitous social media platform.

Chad Blair: Is It Just Me Or Are Protests Turning Nasty? Screenshot/2022

Chad Blair: Is It Just Me Or Are Protests Turning Nasty?

Anti-mask and anti-vax rants have sometimes been ugly. But Hawaii remains a relatively peaceful place to take to the streets.

Hawaii Democrats Elect New Party Chair Submitted

Hawaii Democrats Elect New Party Chair

Dennis Jung succeeds Tyler Dos Santos-Tam.

How A Powerful Lawmaker Forced Through A Contentious Energy Bill Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

How A Powerful Lawmaker Forced Through A Contentious Energy Bill

When Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz’s pet legislation faced opposition from Rep. Nicole Lowen, he suddenly intervened with the power to make or break her bills.