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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.

Hawaii GOP Has A New Candidate For Governor Screenshot/2022

Hawaii GOP Has A New Candidate For Governor

Lynn Mariano is a retired veteran who calls himself a uniter.

United Airlines Suspends Flights To Majuro In Marshall Islands April Estrellon/Civil Beat /2018

United Airlines Suspends Flights To Majuro In Marshall Islands

The atoll’s airport may be at “high risk” for collapse, say officials, prompting public safety concerns.

House Panel On State Audits Needs More Time Screenshot/2022

House Panel On State Audits Needs More Time

The investigative committee has received hundreds of new pages of documents to review.

State Rep. Bob McDermott Running For US Senate Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

State Rep. Bob McDermott Running For US Senate

The GOP lawmaker wants to unseat Democrat Brian Schatz and shut down the Red Hill fuel facility.

Schatz Covid Case Upends US Senate Votes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Schatz Covid Case Upends US Senate Votes

The Hawaii senator tested positive with a breakthrough case.

Hawaii Democrats: Rep. Case Does Not Reflect Party’s Values And Principles Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaii Democrats: Rep. Case Does Not Reflect Party’s Values And Principles

The congressman is criticized for his stance on Build Back Better, but Case says the party mischaracterizes his position and never bothered to call him.

House May Ask AG To Probe Alleged Criminal Conduct By State Auditor Screenshot/2022

House May Ask AG To Probe Alleged Criminal Conduct By State Auditor

Rep. Della Au Belatti said her committee’s work raises concerns about possible witness tampering by Les Kondo, who called the allegation “irresponsible and outrageous.”

Hawaii PUC Chairman Stepping Down In June PUC

Hawaii PUC Chairman Stepping Down In June

Gov. Ige will name a replacement for Jay Griffin later this spring.

Honolulu’s Republican Party Told To Move Fundraiser Off Army Base Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu’s Republican Party Told To Move Fundraiser Off Army Base

The event at Schofield Barracks was to feature mainland party activist Scott Presler, described in reports as anti-Muslim.