Reporter

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, examined U.S.-China military relations, 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 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 as the COVID-19 pandemic prompted upended the war against ISIS militants and prompted a significant drawdown of western forces in the region.

He is the 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.

New Air Force Commander At Pearl Harbor-Hickam Darien Perez/U.S. Air Force

New Air Force Commander At Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach takes command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces.

Proposed Detonation of World War II-Era Bombs at Molokini Angers Activists Flickr: Forest and Kim Starr

Proposed Detonation of World War II-Era Bombs at Molokini Angers Activists

State and federal agencies have been planning to dispose of the bombs since last year.

Military In Hawaii Copes With Pandemic Challenges John Linzmeier/HING

Military In Hawaii Copes With Pandemic Challenges

The military declines to say how many Hawaii-based troops have been infected, but it has put restrictions on both daily operations and training efforts.

 

USS Preble Seized $40 Million Worth Of Cocaine On Counter Narcotics Mission Jaimar Carson Bondurant/U.S. Navy

USS Preble Seized $40 Million Worth Of Cocaine On Counter Narcotics Mission

The vessel is back in Hawaii after taking part in an interagency drug task force operating in waters around Central America.

US Senate Approves Funding for Hawaii Missile Radar System Chinese Ministry of Defense

US Senate Approves Funding for Hawaii Missile Radar System

The $162 million authorization for the system reverses the Trump Administration’s decision to slash the program’s funding.

Hawaii-Based General Confirmed As First Black Air Force Chief Of Staff Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders/Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

Hawaii-Based General Confirmed As First Black Air Force Chief Of Staff

Gen. Charles Brown, the current commander of the Pacific Air Forces, accepted the nomination just days after speaking out on institutional racism and the national protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd.