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 Beast, Foreign 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 Black Rifle Coffee Company’s Coffee or Die Magazine embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq as the COVID-19 pandemic upended the war against ISIS militants and forced major changes in global alliances.
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.
The Army says the move will make munitions storage safer, but secrecy and the legacy of a wartime coverup from the past make neighbors of the project uneasy.
All public outreach will be online due to the pandemic.
As tourism crumbles and tensions escalate between the U.S. and China, the military’s economic role in the islands could become more prominent.
Green sea turtles are now nesting at a windward Oahu beach where the military trains.
Critics argue the costly system may already be obsolete and will needlessly threaten the environment and cultural sites.
Commanders initially released COVID-19 case numbers on Hawaii bases until the Pentagon ordered them to stop. The state Department of Health has agreed to keep numbers secret, too.
The 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade is preparing for a flight to Louisiana for its deployment certification training.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise will be shorter, only at sea and with fewer countries participating.