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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.

Chad Blair: Are House And Senate Leaders Taking Ethics Reform Seriously? David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Chad Blair: Are House And Senate Leaders Taking Ethics Reform Seriously?


Speaker Scott Saiki and President Ron Kouchi explain where they stand on restoring public trust at the Capitol.

Hawaii House GOP: Government Reform Is A Priority Chad Blair/Civil Beat/2023

Hawaii House GOP: Government Reform Is A Priority

The minority’s package of bills adopts all the proposals of a special commission, including term limits.
Hawaii Gov Signals He’ll Sign Ethics Reform Bills That Land On His Desk David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Hawaii Gov Signals He’ll Sign Ethics Reform Bills That Land On His Desk

Josh Green also said he will not hold campaign fundraisers during the legislative session.
Chad Blair: Lawmakers Are Rushing To Hold Last-Minute Fundraisers Before Session Begins Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat/2019

Chad Blair: Lawmakers Are Rushing To Hold Last-Minute Fundraisers Before Session Begins

Major proposals from the special commission on government reform aim to reduce the influence of money in politics.
Chad Blair: Danny Kaleikini’s Little-Known Brush With Politics In Hawaii Flickr/Michelle Kidani/2012

Chad Blair: Danny Kaleikini’s Little-Known Brush With Politics In Hawaii

The late entertainer came close to being elected Hawaii’s lieutenant governor.
Applicants Sought For Elections Commission Screenshot/2022

Applicants Sought For Elections Commission

It's for a vacancy created by the Hawaii County member.

Chad Blair: The Republicans Are Melting Down Screenshot/2023

Chad Blair: The Republicans Are Melting Down

The speaker debacle, the failed midterms, possible indictments and more illustrate a Republican Party in deep disarray. Can it recover?
Media Veteran Named Press Secretary To Gov. Green Submitted

Media Veteran Named Press Secretary To Gov. Green

Erika Engle most recently handled communications for the Honolulu City Council.
State Capitol Reopens With Public Parking Options Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

State Capitol Reopens With Public Parking Options

New pay stations will collect fees starting at $2 an hour.