Civil Beat Staff

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.

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2 Test Positive For COVID-19 In Marshall Islands

It’s a first for the nation, which had managed to avoid the pandemic through tough travel restrictions.

OHA Candidates Take To The Airwaves In Hunt For Support

OHA Candidates Take To The Airwaves In Hunt For Support

When it comes to races for Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees, many voters leave their ballots blank.

Chad Blair: Here’s Who Really Votes For President In Hawaii www.usa.gov/election

Chad Blair: Here’s Who Really Votes For President In Hawaii

It’s the members of the Electoral College that make the ultimate determination. But will this year be different?

Honolulu GOP Chair Violated Federal Hatch Act Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Honolulu GOP Chair Violated Federal Hatch Act

Brett Kulbis used party social media pages to solicit political contributions.

Blangiardi = Trump, Amemiya = Values

Blangiardi = Trump, Amemiya = Values

The latest television commercials from the men who would be Honolulu’s mayor.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Hawaii Voters Embrace Biden For US President Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Hawaii Voters Embrace Biden For US President

They also say they are satisfied with voting by mail, especially in a time of coronavirus.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Voters Still Sour On Ige And Caldwell Courtesy: City and County of Honolulu

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Voters Still Sour On Ige And Caldwell

And yet they also believe those very same leaders made the right call on stay-at-home and quarantine orders.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: For Prosecutor, More Voters Prefer Alm Over Kau Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: For Prosecutor, More Voters Prefer Alm Over Kau

They also strongly favor term limits for prosecutor just like the ones for Honolulu mayor and City Council.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Blangiardi Holds Commanding Lead In Mayor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Blangiardi Holds Commanding Lead In Mayor’s Race

The former television executive is ahead of Keith Amemiya by 20 percentage points and enjoys broad support among most voters.