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Kevin Knodell

Kevin Knodell reports on 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 to cover underreported topics. Report for America Corps members also undertake public service projects that help community members tell their own stories.

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 Rojava Revolution, reported on wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, explored Iraqi Kurdistan’s night life and interviewed refugees, mercenaries, pop-stars and politicians.

His writing and photography have appeared at Playboy, The Daily Beast, Vice, The Nib, Crosscut and others. As a contributing editor for 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 where he covered the consequences of the Turkish invasion of Northeast Syria in the fall of 2019, confrontations 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.

He is a producer for the podcast Angry Planet, a weekly look at a world in conflict. He’s also 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 the magazine 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 done various other odd jobs for rent and beer money. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and studied history and communications at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. In his free time he is a mediocre illustrator and okay photographer.

Coast Guard Boosts Pacific Presence With Three New Ships In Guam Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard/2021

Coast Guard Boosts Pacific Presence With Three New Ships In Guam

The new cutters and their crews add more than 70 new Coast Guardsmen to the U.S. island territory.

Troops In Hawaii Must Resume Wearing Masks Indoors On Base Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Troops In Hawaii Must Resume Wearing Masks Indoors On Base

The Department of Defense has tightened masking requirements in some areas after previously relaxing them for vaccinated troops.

Case Tries Again To Get The Army To Fix Tripler’s Parking Problem Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Case Tries Again To Get The Army To Fix Tripler’s Parking Problem

Congress plans to direct the military to address the parking shortage at the medical center. It’s not the first time.

Micronesian President Discusses Military Issues During Hawaii Visit Courtesy: U.S. INDOPACOM/2021

Micronesian President Discusses Military Issues During Hawaii Visit

The trip to Oahu came as the U.S. seeks to solidify relations with Pacific Island nations amid tensions with China.

US Senate Demands Safer Military Housing For Kids Courtesy: Wayne Parsons

US Senate Demands Safer Military Housing For Kids

A draft of the 2022 defense budget demands improvements to keep children from falling out of windows in military housing.

Hirono Stresses Shipyards And Shipbuilding In Navy Funding Deal Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hirono Stresses Shipyards And Shipbuilding In Navy Funding Deal

The $74 billion in funding will support more missiles and create a new position to manage shipbuilding contracts.

Hawaii Officials Are Making A Cybersecurity Push To Keep Federal Contracts Flowing Courtesy: Department of Defense

Hawaii Officials Are Making A Cybersecurity Push To Keep Federal Contracts Flowing

Federal agencies are moving toward stricter enforcement of cybersecurity requirements for companies seeking government contracts.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Votes To Increase US Engagement In The Pacific Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat/2015

House Foreign Affairs Committee Votes To Increase US Engagement In The Pacific

The strategy draws heavily from a bill authored by Hawaii Congressman Ed Case.

Navy To Review Impact Of Pacific Training After 2 Whales Die During Exercise NOAA/Doug Perrine

Navy To Review Impact Of Pacific Training After 2 Whales Die During Exercise

Environmental advocates have long raised concerns about the military’s effect on endangered species.