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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.

Former Honolulu Mayor Eileen Anderson Dead At 93 Courtesy

Former Honolulu Mayor Eileen Anderson Dead At 93

State flags will be lowered in her honor on Wednesday.

Veteran Hawaii Journalist Bob Jones Dead At 85 Courtesy: Denby Fawcett

Veteran Hawaii Journalist Bob Jones Dead At 85

His extensive career included work as a print reporter, foreign correspondent, TV anchor and columnist.

Hawaii GOP Elects New Party Chair, Again Chad Blair/Civil Beat/2014

Hawaii GOP Elects New Party Chair, Again

Lynn Finnegan is a former state House representative and Lt. Gov. candidate.

East-West Center Board Announces Its Next President EWC

East-West Center Board Announces Its Next President

Suzanne Vares-Lum will be the first woman and first Native Hawaiian to lead the institution.

Honolulu Fire Commission Restarts Search For Department Chief Screenshot/2021

Honolulu Fire Commission Restarts Search For Department Chief

A new commissioner could deliver a tie-breaking vote sometime in 2022.

$365M Released For School, Airport, Hospital Infrastructure Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

$365M Released For School, Airport, Hospital Infrastructure

The capital improvement projects were approved and appropriated by the Hawaii Legislature.

Gary Gill Returns To Politics In Bid For State House Submitted

Gary Gill Returns To Politics In Bid For State House

The former Honolulu City Council chair is seeking to fill the seat held by Sylvia Luke.

Josh Green Raises Money On Mainland For Hawaii Governor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Josh Green Raises Money On Mainland For Hawaii Governor’s Race

His absence leaves Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors to fill in as acting governor while Gov. David Ige is in Scotland.

Keith Amemiya Joins Race For Hawaii Lt. Gov. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Keith Amemiya Joins Race For Hawaii Lt. Gov.

His entrance raises to five the number of Democrats seeking the office. Will Ron Menor make six?