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.

March 2019

Thursday, March 21

Chad Blair: Are Hawaii Legislators Paid Too Much?

Tuesday, March 19

Senate Shoots Down Proposal To Buy Underused Federal Prison

Wednesday, March 13

Big Pay Raises Coming For Lawmakers And Top State Execs

Chad Blair: Why Is Keith Kaneshiro Still Getting A Paycheck?

Friday, March 8

Chad Blair: David Ige Unwinds And Chats About Hawaii’s Future

Tuesday, March 5

Senate Approves Proposed Tax Increase To Help Public Schools

Monday, March 4

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year

Friday, March 1

Gut And Replace Resurfaces At Hawaii Legislature

February 2019

Wednesday, February 27

Chad Blair: How Much Hate In The 808 These Days?

Thursday, February 21

Chad Blair: Public Records Chief Is Still Trying To Make It Harder To Get Public Records

Friday, February 8

Chad Blair: Bestiality Is Still Legal In Hawaii

Wednesday, February 6

Senate May Invoke Rarely Used Subpoena Power For Hearing On Prison Chief

Saturday, February 2

Tulsi Gabbard On Running For President: ‘We Must Fight For The Soul Of Our Country’

January 2019

Thursday, January 31

Chad Blair: Do We Really Need A Dan Inouye Day? Or An Obama Ice Cream Shop?

Monday, January 28

Not All Hawaii Lawmakers Embrace Gut-And-Replace

Wednesday, January 23

Caucus Pushes Bills Addressing Violence Against Women

Tuesday, January 22

Ige: ‘The Future Is Personal’

Wednesday, January 16

Gov. Ige’s Administrative Director Is Now Also His Chief Of Staff

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes

Chad Blair: The Incredible Shrinking Tulsi Gabbard

Friday, January 11

Tulsi Gabbard Running For President In 2020

Thursday, January 10

Minimum Wage And Marijuana: What To Expect In The 2019 Hawaii Legislature

Sunday, January 6

Obama: ‘We Have A Deficit Of Leadership And We Need New Blood’

Thursday, January 3

Chad Blair: Tulsi Gabbard’s Unlikely Path To The Presidency