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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 Legislature Removes Police Exemption For Misconduct Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Removes Police Exemption For Misconduct Cases

The bill now goes to Gov. David Ige who can approve it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

GOP House Candidate Arrested For Quarantine Violation

GOP House Candidate Arrested For Quarantine Violation

Officials say Kilomana Danner refused to complete mandatory travel forms.

New TV Spots Promote Keith Amemiya’s Democratic Roots

New TV Spots Promote Keith Amemiya’s Democratic Roots

The first-time candidate in the nonpartisan race for Honolulu mayor is also advertising heavily.

Lawmakers Want To Keep Foreign Interference Out Of Elections Flickr: Carmen Rodriguez

Lawmakers Want To Keep Foreign Interference Out Of Elections

A bill advancing at the Hawaii Legislature would prohibit outside corporations and others from contributing to local races.

A New Direction For The Hawaii Supreme Court? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A New Direction For The Hawaii Supreme Court?

Gov. David Ige will get a chance to name a new member to the state’s highest court with the retirement of Richard Pollack.

Kym Pine Touts ‘Strong, Passionate’ Leadership In Political Ad

Kym Pine Touts ‘Strong, Passionate’ Leadership In Political Ad

The candidate for mayor of Honolulu has just one TV commercial running but plans more.

Why ‘Mayor Mufi’ Wants To Be Mayor Mufi Again

Why ‘Mayor Mufi’ Wants To Be Mayor Mufi Again

The former Honolulu executive is betting that voters will want a tested leader in these testy times.

Chad Blair: Did You Hear About The White Supremacists In Aloha Shirts?

Chad Blair: Did You Hear About The White Supremacists In Aloha Shirts?

It’s no joke. Right-wing extremists known as boogaloos are showing up around the country wearing “Hawaiian” shirts, packing heat and raging for insurrection.

Hanabusa: There’s No Time For On-The-Job Training In A Crisis

Hanabusa: There’s No Time For On-The-Job Training In A Crisis

The candidate for mayor of Honolulu says her leadership has been tested over time, and that is what’s needed most in a pandemic.