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Kevin Knodell

Kevin Knodell covers the military and veterans in Hawaii and the greater Pacific for Civil Beat as a corps member for Report For America, a national nonprofit that places journalists in local news rooms.

Kevin has worked for small town newspapers, national magazines and digital media startups. As a freelance journalist he has reported from the field on Northeast Syria’s Kurdish-led Rojava Revolution, reported on wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, explored Iraqi Kurdistan’s night life and interviewed refugees using art to fight terrorist ideology.

His writing and photography have appeared at Playboy, The Daily BeastForeign Policy, Vice, The Nib, Crosscut and others. As a contributing editor at the digital conflict news collective War is Boring he spent as a year as the coordinator for the Iraq and Syria field team during the Yazidi Genocide and worked with the investigative news team.

Kevin’s most recent assignment before joining Civil Beat was as a correspondent for Coffee or Die Magazine in Iraq and Syria he where he covered the consequences of Turkey’s invasion of Northeast Syria in the fall of 2019, confrontation between U.S. troops and Iranian-backed militias  and how the spread of COVID-19 has complicated both the political and humanitarian landscape of the region.

Kevin is a producer of the Angry Planet Podcast, a weekly look at a world in conflict. He’s also he co-author of Machete Squad and The ‘Stan from Dead Reckoning Graphic Novels, was one of the lead writers of the War is Boring: True War Comics series and wrote the Acts of Valor comic series for Naval History with cartoonist Kelly Swann from 2017-2019.

Kevin has also worked as a comic shop clerk, a paint delivery driver, security guard, event photographer and various other odd jobs for beer and rent money. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and studied history at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. In his free time he is a mediocre illustrator and okay photographer.

Hundreds Of Containers — Some With ‘Dangerous Goods’ — Fall From Ship Near Hawaii

Hundreds Of Containers — Some With ‘Dangerous Goods’ — Fall From Ship Near Hawaii

The Coast Guard isn’t sure where the containers are or what was in them, but is monitoring the situation as the ship sails to Japan for repairs.

Marine Spouse Complains About ‘Family Dining’ Policy At Child Care Center On Hawaii Base Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Marine Spouse Complains About ‘Family Dining’ Policy At Child Care Center On Hawaii Base

Marine spouse alleges base leadership has “endorsed chronic and potentially fatal health and safety violations” amid coronavirus pandemic.

Why The Navy Is Becoming A Powerful Force For Clean Energy Courtesy Hawaiian Electric

Why The Navy Is Becoming A Powerful Force For Clean Energy

As the pandemic highlights fragile supply chains, the Navy is working with Hawaii to harness the sun and other natural elements for power.

Major COVID-19 Outbreak Hits Pearl Harbor Warship Diana Quinlan/U.S. Navy

Major COVID-19 Outbreak Hits Pearl Harbor Warship

Most of the sailors who tested positive were expected to leave isolation this weekend and return to duty.

This Ex-Marine Is Now Battling To Save Hawaii’s Environment Kevin Knodell/Civil Beat

This Ex-Marine Is Now Battling To Save Hawaii’s Environment

The Kailua veteran’s new mission is to protect Hawaii’s beaches and reefs.

As Hawaii Eases Travel Restrictions, Military Maintains Quarantines Kevin Knodell/Civil Beat

As Hawaii Eases Travel Restrictions, Military Maintains Quarantines

Military spouses and their children can bypass the state’s 14-day quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test but are urged not to.

American Troops Train Remotely With Chinese Army From Schofield 25th Infantry Division

American Troops Train Remotely With Chinese Army From Schofield

Disaster relief training takes place remotely amid a pandemic and growing hostility between the U.S. and China.

Japan Is Paying For New U.S. Military Facilities In Guam And The CNMI. Here’s Why Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Japan Is Paying For New U.S. Military Facilities In Guam And The CNMI. Here’s Why

The deal is part of a regional initiative that would move thousands of troops from Okinawa to Hawaii, Guam and Australia and beef up facilities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.

White House: Coast Guard Will Up Presence In Pacific To Fight Overfishing Sherri Eng/USCG

White House: Coast Guard Will Up Presence In Pacific To Fight Overfishing

A mysterious Chinese “fishing militia” has been blamed for contributing to overfishing.