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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.

Trump Announces Two Picks For 9th Circuit Court Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Trump Announces Two Picks For 9th Circuit Court

The generally liberal appellate court, which includes Hawaii as part of its jurisdiction, is shifting rightward.

Hawaii Joins California’s Vehicle Emission Rules Challenge Flickr: Heather Harvey

Hawaii Joins California’s Vehicle Emission Rules Challenge

There are 23 states suing the Trump administration’s action from earlier this week.

Manahan’s Chief Of Staff Running For City Council Seat

Manahan’s Chief Of Staff Running For City Council Seat

Radiant Cordero wants to represent the greater Kalihi area at Honolulu Hale.

Chad Blair: What’s Right-Wing Provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos Doing In Honolulu?

Chad Blair: What’s Right-Wing Provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos Doing In Honolulu?

The former Breitbart News editor is scheduled to appear in town this Friday and Saturday.

Feds Grant $5.2 Million To Protect Coral Reefs Nathan Fitch/Civil Beat

Feds Grant $5.2 Million To Protect Coral Reefs

The projects will benefit American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas and three Micronesian nations.

Hawaii Challenges Kentucky Law Limiting Abortion Access Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Challenges Kentucky Law Limiting Abortion Access

Doctors are banned from providing second-trimester services for women after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Hirono: Time For House To Move On Impeaching Kavanaugh Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hirono: Time For House To Move On Impeaching Kavanaugh

The Hawaii senator is upset about a recent news report alleging misbehavior on the part of the justice when he was in college.

Honolulu Completes Heat Mapping Campaign City and County of Honolulu

Honolulu Completes Heat Mapping Campaign

Volunteers mapped Oahu “hot spots” as climate change heats up.

Sheriff’s Office: No Threat To Hawaii State Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sheriff’s Office: No Threat To Hawaii State Capitol

The Honolulu Police Department located an Arizona man who apparently encouraged a mass shooting in a social media post.

Comedian Augie T. Eyes Honolulu City Council Run

Comedian Augie T. Eyes Honolulu City Council Run

Augie Tulba is raising cash in a possible bid for Ron Menor’s seat.

Gabbard Campaign Asks DNC To Revise Debate Criteria Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Campaign Asks DNC To Revise Debate Criteria

The presidential candidate has not yet qualified for the September forum.

Hawaii Teachers Spend $561 Of Own Cash On Supplies Flickr: chrismetcalfTV

Hawaii Teachers Spend $561 Of Own Cash On Supplies

Only educators in California spend more for their classrooms, says a new report.