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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 extremist ideology.

His writing and photography have appeared at Playboy, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, 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.

Kevin is a producer of 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 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. In his free time he is a mediocre illustrator and okay photographer.

More Marines Are Coming To Hawaii. Will Kaneohe Be Ready For Them? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Marines Are Coming To Hawaii. Will Kaneohe Be Ready For Them?

Hawaii is scheduled to get about 2,700 more Marines along with their spouses and children in coming years but the military lacks a plan for accommodating the restructured force.

Navy Investigating Fuel Leak At Red Hill Courtesy U.S. Navy

Navy Investigating Fuel Leak At Red Hill

This comes as the Navy has been working to get approval from the Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaii Department of Health to upgrade the facility’s World War II-era tanks.

Ed Case Revives Ambitious Pacific Island Foreign Policy Bill Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Ed Case Revives Ambitious Pacific Island Foreign Policy Bill

The bill would authorize $1 billion in aid to Pacific Island nations and boost trade, diplomatic and military relations across the region.

Pacific Shipyards International Gets Contract To Maintain USS Daniel Inouye Courtesy General Dynamics

Pacific Shipyards International Gets Contract To Maintain USS Daniel Inouye

The new guided missile destroyer’s journey to Hawaii has faced several production delays, including COVID-19.

Outgoing INDOPACOM Commander Warns China Seeks To Dominate Pacific Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Outgoing INDOPACOM Commander Warns China Seeks To Dominate Pacific

But Adm. Phil Davidson said he doesn’t believe war is inevitable.

Navy Dismisses Pearl Harbor Submarine Commander Due To ‘Loss of Confidence’ U.S. Navy

Navy Dismisses Pearl Harbor Submarine Commander Due To ‘Loss of Confidence’

Cmdr. Joseph Lautenslager was the second commander of a Pearl Harbor-based vessel to be relieved of command this month.

NOAA Keeps Deploying Fishery Observers But With Limits Amid Pandemic

NOAA Keeps Deploying Fishery Observers But With Limits Amid Pandemic

The NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office maintained full observer coverage of swordfish but had to temporarily cease observer coverage in American Samoa.

Three Troops Arrested In Hawaii Sting Targeting Child Sexual Predators Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Three Troops Arrested In Hawaii Sting Targeting Child Sexual Predators

The two soldiers and a Marine face charges related to the solicitation of minors after being caught in a sting earlier this month at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Schatz Pushes Emphasis On Pacific For US-China Strategy U.S. Navy, Keith DeVinney

Schatz Pushes Emphasis On Pacific For US-China Strategy

Hawaii’s congressional delegation has long pushed for a greater focus on the strategic importance of Pacific Island nations.