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 or follow him on Twitter at @chadblairCB.

June 2020

Wednesday, June 3

Report On Bullying By State Senator Surfaces As Tension Mounts Over Hawaii Recovery Plan

May 2020

Friday, May 29

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Retired Judge Enjoys Double-Digit Lead In Prosecutor’s Race

Thursday, May 28

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Honolulu Mayor’s Race Is Up For Grabs

Wednesday, May 27

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Stop Virus Even If Economy Crumbles

Tuesday, May 26

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Voters Have Negative View Of Ige, Caldwell

Saturday, May 23

Biden Clobbers Sanders In Hawaii’s Presidential Primary

Tuesday, May 19

Chad Blair: David Ige, The Governor Who Cannot Govern

Wednesday, May 13

Schatz: Hawaii Not Moving Fast Enough On Contact Tracing

Monday, May 11

Back In Session: Hawaii Lawmakers Grapple With A Billion-Dollar Budget Hole

Friday, May 8

Chad Blair: How I Survived 10 Years At Civil Beat

Tuesday, May 5

Hawaii Supreme Court Hears Maui Water Case In A Historic Online Session

Saturday, May 2

Chad Blair: Nothing Screams ‘Aloha’ Like An Ankle Monitor

Friday, May 1

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Trying To Figure Out How To Get Back Into Session

April 2020

Tuesday, April 21

Chad Blair: How Long Can Our Civil Liberties Be Suspended?

Sunday, April 19

Running For Office During A Pandemic? It’s Tough For Newcomers

Saturday, April 18

Rick Blangiardi Is Back On TV, But This Time He’s A Political Candidate

Sunday, April 12

Chad Blair: Pandemic Is Scrambling State Budget Priorities

Friday, April 3

Chad Blair: Hawaii Democrats On ‘Leading Edge’ In Picking POTUS

March 2020

Saturday, March 28

Interior Official Pushing To Renew COFA Treaties This Year Despite Obstacles

Wednesday, March 25

Ige, Green Smooth Over Differences On COVID-19 Response

Tuesday, March 24

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green Banned From State’s Virus Response Effort

Friday, March 20

As Public Clamors For Information, Senate Panel On COVID-19 Goes Dark

Thursday, March 19

Hawaii State Senator Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 17

Hawaii Democrats Still Figuring Out What To Do About The Primary

Thursday, March 12

Chad Blair: Voters Deserve To Know What Tulsi Gabbard’s Up To

Tuesday, March 3

Priority Bills On Housing, Education And Wages Advance At Hawaii Legislature

February 2020

Friday, February 28

House Speaker Wants Hawaii Prepared For Coronavirus Economic Hit

Chad Blair: Lawmakers Take A Stand For The First Amendment

Thursday, February 27

Hawaii Senate Panel Approves $10.5 Million For Coronavirus

Wednesday, February 26

‘Inadvertent Mistake’ Deletes Online Evaluations Of Hawaii’s Top Judges

Thursday, February 20

Chad Blair: I’ll Give You My Membership Fee When You Pry It From My Cold, Dead Hands

Friday, February 14

Chad Blair: 10 Reasons Why Hawaii Should Hold The First Presidential Primary

Tuesday, February 11

Senate’s New Sexual Harassment Policy Hailed As ‘Good Step’

January 2020

Monday, January 27

Are You Local? What These Hawaii Scholars Have To Say Might Surprise You