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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 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.

Military Plan To Move Munitions To West Loch Worries Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Military Plan To Move Munitions To West Loch Worries Public

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.

Navy Seeks Public Comments On New Submarine Dry Dock

Navy Seeks Public Comments On New Submarine Dry Dock

All public outreach will be online due to the pandemic.

Can Military Spending Prop Up Hawaii’s Faltering Economy? Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Can Military Spending Prop Up Hawaii’s Faltering Economy?

As tourism crumbles and tensions escalate between the U.S. and China, the military’s economic role in the islands could become more prominent.

Hawaii Marines Are Now Guarding The Nests Of Endangered Species

Hawaii Marines Are Now Guarding The Nests Of Endangered Species

Green sea turtles are now nesting at a windward Oahu beach where the military trains.

Will Hawaii’s $1.9 Billion Missile Radar System Get Built? Lockheed Martin

Will Hawaii’s $1.9 Billion Missile Radar System Get Built?

Critics argue the costly system may already be obsolete and will needlessly threaten the environment and cultural sites.

Defense Secretary Visits Hawaii For RIMPAC John Luke McGovern/U.S. Navy

Defense Secretary Visits Hawaii For RIMPAC

Mark Esper’s visit to the state was part of a broader tour of the Pacific that includes Guam and Palau in a signal to China.

Military COVID-19 Rates Are Public in Guam, Japan And Korea. Why Not In Hawaii? Kevin Knodell/Civil Beat

Military COVID-19 Rates Are Public in Guam, Japan And Korea. Why Not In Hawaii?

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.

Military Convoys Will Be Moving On H-1 East And H-2 South Throughout The Week Kevin Knodell/Civil Beat

Military Convoys Will Be Moving On H-1 East And H-2 South Throughout The Week

The 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade is preparing for a flight to Louisiana for its deployment certification training.

Ships Arrive In Hawaii For RIMPAC Amid Heightened Local Scrutiny Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Ships Arrive In Hawaii For RIMPAC Amid Heightened Local Scrutiny

Due to the pandemic, this year’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise will be shorter, only at sea and with fewer countries participating.