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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: Why We Drink So Much During The Pandemic Flickr: TIGER500

Chad Blair: Why We Drink So Much During The Pandemic

Many of us are anxious, lonely and depressed, obviously. But it’s not a healthy trend.

Former Marshall Islands President Joins EWC Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Marshall Islands President Joins EWC Board

Hilda Heine is a current Member of Parliament in the RMI.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Voters Split Over Recreational Marijuana Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Voters Split Over Recreational Marijuana

The Hawaii Legislature chose not to advance a bill this year to make pot legal, even as more states progress in the opposite direction.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Majority Of Oahu Voters Oppose Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Majority Of Oahu Voters Oppose Rail Project

But 44% say it should go all the way to Ala Moana Center instead of shortening the 20-mile route.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Hawaii Voters Really, Really Like Lt. Gov. Josh Green Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Hawaii Voters Really, Really Like Lt. Gov. Josh Green

But Gov. David Ige gets low marks as does Speaker Scott Saiki, the Legislature and former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Most People Surveyed In Hawaii Say They Will Get Vaccinated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Most People Surveyed In Hawaii Say They Will Get Vaccinated

Only 12% say they have chosen not to be immunized for COVID-19. There is also support for vaccine passports and employer mandates.

Ritte, DeCoite Seek To Succeed English In State Senate

Ritte, DeCoite Seek To Succeed English In State Senate

The two faced off in a close primary election for DeCoite’s House seat in 2020.

Chad Blair: Marriage Equality Advocate Joins State Commission On Fatherhood Kelli Bullock Hergert of Kelli with an Eye Photography

Chad Blair: Marriage Equality Advocate Joins State Commission On Fatherhood

Jeff Esmond plans to draw on his own experience as a gay dad to help other families in similar situations.

Automatic Voter Registration Bill Nears Final Approval Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Automatic Voter Registration Bill Nears Final Approval

House and Senate conferees agreed on Wednesday to language in the legislation.