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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.

Irene Hirano Inouye, Widow Of Sen. Dan Inouye, Dies At 71 Civil Beat/Brian Tseng

Irene Hirano Inouye, Widow Of Sen. Dan Inouye, Dies At 71

Her work included historic preservation and membership on major boards and commissions.

Election Officials Ask Voters To Update Signatures

Election Officials Ask Voters To Update Signatures

It helps to ensure the integrity and security of mail-in ballots.

Chad Blair: Hawaii Democrats On ‘Leading Edge’ In Picking POTUS

Chad Blair: Hawaii Democrats On ‘Leading Edge’ In Picking POTUS

The local party is conducting its presidential primary by mail-in voting and asking voters to rank candidates in order of preference.

Worried About Paying The Rent? Read This Guide Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Worried About Paying The Rent? Read This Guide

The state is offering advice to assist Hawaii homeowners and renters during the COVID-19 crisis.

A Guide To Benefits In The Federal COVID-19 Package

A Guide To Benefits In The Federal COVID-19 Package

Sen. Schatz’s office is directing Hawaii folks to the resource to help families, workers and businesses access funds and assistance.

Interior Official Pushing To Renew COFA Treaties This Year Despite Obstacles US DOI

Interior Official Pushing To Renew COFA Treaties This Year Despite Obstacles

Doug Domenech says the U.S. is “on the cusp” of extending agreements with three Micronesian nations.

Biden Gets Backing Of Dozens Of Well-Known Hawaii Democrats Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Biden Gets Backing Of Dozens Of Well-Known Hawaii Democrats

They include the House speaker and Senate president as deadlines for the party-run presidential primary near.

Ige, Green Smooth Over Differences On COVID-19 Response Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige, Green Smooth Over Differences On COVID-19 Response

Hawaii’s lieutenant governor said he and the governor talked about working more closely together on the coronavirus crisis.

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green Banned From State’s Virus Response Effort Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green Banned From State’s Virus Response Effort

Updated: After recently naming him as the state’s liaison, Gov. David Ige has now essentially fired Green, a medical doctor, from participating in the coronavirus effort.

As Public Clamors For Information, Senate Panel On COVID-19 Goes Dark Chad Blair/Civil Beat

As Public Clamors For Information, Senate Panel On COVID-19 Goes Dark

Olelo Community Media was scheduled to televise the special meeting at the Capitol Thursday. Now the chamber is reconsidering future broadcasts.

Walk-In Voting Canceled For Hawaii Democratic Primary Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Walk-In Voting Canceled For Hawaii Democratic Primary

Updated 3/21/20: The party will add another round of mailed balloting for the April 4 presidential contest, but details are still being finalized.

Saiki To Ige: State’s Handling Of COVID-19 ‘Has Been Chaotic’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Saiki To Ige: State’s Handling Of COVID-19 ‘Has Been Chaotic’

The Hawaii House speaker urges the governor to order “an immediate statewide shutdown” of the state for the next 15 days.