Civil Beat Staff

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: Hawaii Democrats Pledge Unity, Commitment In Election Ahead Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2022

Chad Blair: Hawaii Democrats Pledge Unity, Commitment In Election Ahead

The biannual breakfast ritual at times resembled a love fest and celebrity roast amid stark warnings of GOP opposition.

Hawaii Legislature: House Speaker In Close Race For Seat Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Legislature: House Speaker In Close Race For Seat

Dozens of House and Senate seats were on the primary ballot Saturday.

Chad Blair: We Are About To Find Out If Negative Advertising Works In Hawaii Screenshot/2022

Chad Blair: We Are About To Find Out If Negative Advertising Works In Hawaii

National studies say attacking political candidates can influence who wins and loses elections. But does it work locally?

Chad Blair: Lawmakers Don’t Seem Interested In Doing Anything About Corruption Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Chad Blair: Lawmakers Don’t Seem Interested In Doing Anything About Corruption

Candidate Q&A responses from incumbents and challengers in Hawaii’s legislative races suggest many don’t fully embrace reform.

Hirono, Schatz Want Term Limits For US Supreme Court Nick Grube/Civil Beat/2019

Hirono, Schatz Want Term Limits For US Supreme Court

Legislation calls for a new justice to take the bench every two years and spend 18 years in active service.

Chad Blair: Mud-Slinging In Hawaii’s Primary Is Getting Ugly Screenshot/2022

Chad Blair: Mud-Slinging In Hawaii’s Primary Is Getting Ugly

Voters have little ability to determine fact from fiction in the political advertising for major races.

Applicants Sought For Hawaii Elections Commission Screenshot/2022

Applicants Sought For Hawaii Elections Commission

Duties include investigating and holding hearings on violations and complaints.

Hawaii Senators Collected Big Bucks From Energy Interests At June Fundraiser

Hawaii Senators Collected Big Bucks From Energy Interests At June Fundraiser

The event was hosted by the chief lobbyist for Big Island energy company Hu Honua, Hawaii Gas and other energy clients.

How To Make Hawaii’s Legislature Work Better For The Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

How To Make Hawaii’s Legislature Work Better For The Public

Lawmakers could easily allow the public to see and understand more about exactly how they do our business.